16 Times Nature Did Whatever It Felt Like Doing
Nature and Travel
On 23rd September 2017
Nature is majestic, terrifying, cruel, ingenious, and (sometimes) adorable. But more than anything, nature is weird. If you don’t agree, spend five minutes looking up deep-sea fish, then we can talk about it.
When we get locked into routines and start taking the world for granted, it’s easy to get bored by it; even the most beautiful sunrise can be banal if you’re struggling through your early-morning commute. But when we take the time to look at our planet with new eyes, it’s clear that nature has a whimsical sense of humor. Why else would we have walking rocks, Pepto-Bismol lakes, volcano lightning, or people who genuinely enjoy Minions?
So if you’ve forgotten about how weird and wonderful life is on our little rock circling the sun, read on. You may be inspired, you may be terrified. But one thing you definitely won’t be is bored.
#1 Lake Hillier:
This startling bubblegum lake, hidden away in the forests of Middle Island, Australia, looks almost unreal. Scientists still aren’t entirely sure what causes the lake’s distinctive color, although minerals and microorganisms are the top contenders.
#2 The Rainbow Mountains:
China’s Zhangye Danxia National Geologic Park boasts a set of mountains that look like they were chalked in by some enterprising artist with a lot of time on their hands. But the startling colors are all natural, due to the different mineralogical compositions in the layers of rocks.
#3 The Portuguese Man O’ War:
This delightful siphonophore (often mistaken for a jellyfish) is made up of a colony of microorganisms working together, and its tentacles can reach up to 165 feet long. Oh, and it’s also venomous!
#4 Spotted Lake:
No, it’s not the world’s biggest game of Twister. This alkali lake in Canada dries up over the summer, leaving little pools colored by different minerals.