The Incredible Show Of Nature

Nature is a force to be reckoned with, but it is as beautiful as it is strong. The many natural phenomena we get to observe on our beautiful planet are a reminder of its diversity, playfulness, but also its ill humor. And some of the phenomena are downright mysterious. For example, one city has been haunted by an unexplainable sound for years, and they think nature has something to do with it. Let's get to them!

Butterfly Migration

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Image Credit: Getty Images

Butterflies are stunning on their own, so once they come together in millions, the sight is downright jaw-dropping. That is exactly what they do when they gather for their annual migration from Canada to Mexico. The landscapes on their way are bursting with color, and they are reminiscent of an art installation never seen before.

The Blooming Desert

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Image Credit: Visit Chile - Diario La Tercera

Chile has one extraordinary natural secret- a blooming desert. One would definitely not expect to see a harsh piece of land like the desert to be flooded with vibrant flowers, but in Chile, it’s a reality. Towards the end of July, a meadowland spreads out in front of the eyes of the many visitors who come to see the marvel.

Sky Halos

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Image Credit: Getty Images

The sky halo is an optical illusion that seems rather holy to the human eye. The phenomenon occurs when light passes through unique clouds. They have to be made out of tiny crystals, and if the texture is just right, the halo appears. Sky halos can be observed during the day, but also at night when the moonlight creates them.

Penitentes

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Penitentes are the most curious looking formations. They appear on very high-altitude glaciers, as the air there is dry, and it permits the snow to grow in strange shapes. Penitentes are essentially ice spikes that are created when the ice melts into vapor. The spikes can grow to be up to
15 feet tall.

Staircase to the Moon

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Image Credit: Pinterest/Karratha Is Calling

Western Australia can pride itself on one peculiar phenomenon involving the moon. It is called the Staircase to the Moon because it literally looks like one. If the conditions are just right, sometime from March to October, the full moon will rise, and the tide will be low. Then, the landscape is turned into a picture-perfect painting worth seeing in our life.

Glowy Plankton

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Image Credit: Unsplash

Bioluminescence is no news in the natural world, and many plants and animals glow because of it. But the show that certain plankton puts on on the beaches around San Juan Island in Washington State is something else. The
luminescent plankton gathers in this area due to its nutritional density, and thanks to that, the local beaches and waters are glowing.

The Natural Fire Fall

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Image Credit: Instagram/Jefferypui

Who knew Yosemite could hold even more natural secrets? Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall that only flows in winter and early spring, and it is situated just to the side of the famous El Capitan. The waterfall has been called the Lava Fall or the Firewall, thanks to how it can glow for a few times a day. If the light hits the water just right, it looks like fire is tumbling down the rockface.

Shadow Of The Bear

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Image Credit: Pinterest/Romantic Asheville

Shadow of the bear doesn’t sound like something any of us would want to come across. But this phenomenon is far from dangerous. The Shadow of the Bear in southwestern North Carolina is an occurrence which casts a bear-shaped shadow on the dense woods. It can be observed for a mere 30 minutes on sunny days during the fall months, and it is more beautiful than threatening.

Raining Fish

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Image Credit: YouTube/Brain Time

Yes, fish rain is real. It might sound like an urban legend, but fish really do rain from the sky in Honduras. The phenomenon occurs every summer, and it is shrouded in mystery. The running theory is that the fish come from the Atlantic Ocean and are sucked up by water spouts, which then drop them on the unsuspecting town, but the locals have their own legends about it all. 

Caño Cristales 

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Caño Cristales is a unique river. Every year, for the period of a few weeks between September and November, the Caño Cristales in Colombia turns into a vibrant canvas full of color. This phenomenon is caused by a certain aquatic plant, which can turn the river into different shades of red, and it surely is one incredible sight.

Morning Glory Clouds

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Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Clouds are infinitely creative. They can shape themselves into forms we will never cease to be stunned by, and the morning glory formation might just be one of the best ones we have seen so far. These clouds can be up to
620 miles long and moving at a speed of 37 miles per hour. Many parallel cloud rolls can be observed one next to the other, creating a stunning sight. 

Synchronous Fireflies

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Image Credit: National Geographic/Your Shot/Spencer Black

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of USA’s prized pieces of land. Every year, for two weeks during the summer months, thousands of fireflies come to play here. It is the time of mating for them, and they perform the most beautifully synchronized dances to attract a partner. The phenomenon is a true feat of coordination and beauty.

Snow Geese Migration

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Image Credit: Unsplash

Animal migrations can be stunning sights, and the one the snow geese undertake every year is no exception. Snow geese travel 5,000 miles there and back annually, and the spectacle they put on while they do so is unforgettable. Thousands of white birds in the sky make for an amazing experience for any bird enthusiast.

Glow-Worm Caves

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Image Credit: Unsplash

The Waitomo caves in New Zealand are a unique place. They glow! And surprisingly, it is a sort of worm that creates the beautiful luminescent show in the caves. The glow-worm larvae attract thousands of visitors each year, coming to witness one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena out there. 

The Taos Hum

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Image Credit: Getty Images

This natural phenomenon is not a visual one. One can not see beautiful colors or glowing animals because of it. The Taos Hum phenomenon is connected to a strange low-frequency humming sound that is emitted into the high altitude town of Taos in New Mexico. No one knows what causes it, but it certainly is one phenomenal mystery.

Nature will never cease to surprise and amaze us. It has the power to change from one moment to the next and to offer us a spectacular show of its abilities. There can be nothing more humbling than witnessing the elements at play.

Sources: Journey NorthVisit ChileSky And TelescopeAmusing PlanetWestern AustraliaThe GuardianNational GeographicRomantic AshevilleAtlas ObscuraThe Culture TripHiggings storm ChasingNPSDucksWaitomo CavesLive Science

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