Prepare to have your mind blown because these photos are so jaw-droppingly amazing that you’d swear they were Photoshopped. But these photos represent some out-of-this-world phenomenon that are as real as you are. In fact, these images are so captivating that you’ll want to kick yourself for not having been there in person to take these awe-inspiring photos. It also proves that a good photographer doesn’t have to resort to cheap Photoshop tricks to snap a good picture. In some instances, the person snapping these pictures had to be in the right place at the right time. So, take a look at these incredible photos that will totally mess with your brain.
#1. Those clouds might look like insidious alien eggs ready to drop from the sky, but they’re really harmless.
This type of cloud creates a cluster of pouches that hang under the base of rainclouds. The mysterious phenomena’s eeriness only increases when there’s a sunset, like the one seen over farmland.
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#2. Lake Natron is located in East Africa and it will give most people and flamingos some serious chills.
Looks like a late of hot lava, but it's actually mineral rich and full of algae. Millions of Lesser flamingos flock to Lake Natron to feed and breed.
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#3. If you thought the Hitchcock classic, “Birds” was pure fiction, then go to Brighton Beach.
What you’re seeing is a phenomenon called murmuration. This happens when thousands of starlings start flying in coordinated patterns across the sky. But as you can see from this image. Sometimes, they can form an impressive barrier too.
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#4. The Darvaza crater is also known as the Door to Hell, but there’s a perfectly scientific reason behind this unending fire.
In fact, it was scientists who messed up and accidentally started this gas fire in Turkmenistan in the first place. It’s been burning since 1971 and no one’s been able to put it out.
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#5. This photo of light pillars was taken just a few nights ago in Blackfalds, Alberta.
No, they’re not a bunch of transporter beams from Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise. This optical wonder will occur when light and ice crystals interact with one another.
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