We all know Mother Nature is a force to be both feared and respected. But sometimes, it seems like she’s also a cheeky prankster.
These amazing pictures demonstrate that sometimes nature has a sense of humor all on its own. Here are 13 examples to both confuse and intrigue you.
1. Purple Cactus
Nope, not the usual and familiar green, but purple. This type of cactus is most prominent in Southwest America, where locals call it the purple prickly pear.
2. Corpse Flower
This plant takes years to bloom and lasts only days. However, its not exactly worth the wait. When it does flower, its said to give off an odor similar to a rotting body. Lovely.
3. Frost Flowers
These are not the type of flowers you attempt to pick. Frost flowers are created when the air temperature drops below 0. They are also mini ecosystems as they house microscopic organisms.
4. Christmas Island Crabs
There are roughly 40-50 million crabs on Christmas Island, located off the west coast of Australia. A sight even more unbelievable than millions of crabs, is millions of crabs on their annual migration. Head down under between October and November and watch in amazement as they leave the forest to release their eggs into the ocean.
I’m not sure what Mother Nature was thinking when she created the blobfish, officially named the “World’s Ugliest Animal” in 2013. It eats parasites and grosses out the general population.
6. Creative Clouds
Sometimes, Mother Nature likes to get creative with the clouds in order to inspire those looking up from below. Kelvin Helmholtz clouds, on the left, supposedly inspired Van Gogh to paint his famous Starry Night portrait. Lenicular clouds, on the right, are also known as UFOs and inspire the imagination of those below.
7. Extra Creative Clouds
The ones of the left, that look like giant water balloons that are going to drop any minute, are the mammatus clouds in Canada. The ones of the right, called asperatus clouds, currently hang over New Zealand and will be officially recognized within the meteorological community next year.
8. Star-Nosed Mole
Narrowly missing out on the ugly crown to the blobfish, these interesting characters live mostly in the eastern parts of the USA and Canada. They dig tunnels underground and underwater so you’ll rarely have to lay eyes of them, and that’s the real miracle here.
9. Cappuccino Coast
Not as delicious as the name makes out, this phenomenon is what happens when the sea whips up a concoction of sea salt, dead plants, chemicals and decomposing fish. This happens every few decades in Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, much to the delight of that wicked Mother Nature.
10. Rainbow Mountains
They look like a work of Photoshop art but they really do exist. These Chinese mountains are a result of multicolored minerals and sandstone being forced against each other for over 24 million years. So sweet, they look good enough to eat!
11. Unicorn Deer
Mutations in nature are common and necessary. Some are sad, others are endearing, this one is just plain awesome. This deer has a unicorn antler in the middle of its head. One day, a child is going to stumble across one of these creatures and think all their birthdays have come at once.
12. Blue Lava
This is another example of Mother Nature having fun with colors at our expense. Blue lava? Well, kind of. This volcano in Indonesia is burning sulfuric gases which are blue, therefore creating the illusion of blue lava. Blue, red, green; we still know not to touch it.
13. Zucchini or Cucumber?
The ultimate vegetable dilemma, created just to mess with us mere mortals.