Times Mother Nature Flexed Hard

Mother nature is one of the most beautiful yet shocking things ever. It can take your breath away, or it can scare you half to death. And that is where the beauty lies; you can’t be too sure which side you’ll get.

What you’re about to see will be equal parts beautiful and scary.

A Secretary Bird Handling A Snake

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Photo Credit: falconsnakecat786 / Reddit

The San Diego Zoo confirmed that the secretary bird can take down even the most venomous snakes. To see a bird this small tackle something so dangerous is pretty crazy.

A Dead Whale Feeds An Entire Ecosystem

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Photo Credit: Zairy47 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Zairy47 / Reddit

When a whale passes away, sea life can survive off of it for quite some time. A whale is the largest thing in the water (that we know of), so that makes sense.

After A Tornado…

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Photo Credit: ManWithTheAd / Reddit

After a tornado, there’s no telling what the aftermath will look like. Have you ever seen wood pierce through cement like this? That could have easily have gone through a person or a home. Yikes.

When You Notice Some Shrimp Missing

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Photo Credit: Reddit

When you notice full shrimp missing, you wouldn’t expect ants to be the cause. How are they so strong and able to move these shrimp at such an efficient pace? I guess that’s the power of nature.

Bald Eagles Don’t Run From A Fight

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Photo Credit: Enzo_Gorlahh_mi / Reddit

Who knew that bald eagles were the same size as wolves? This fight looked like it was going to be epic, but the wolf figured it was best if it took a loss this time.

What Do You Call This??

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Photo Credit: Voodootroy / Reddit

Is this the fusion between a butterfly and a lizard? Only nature can create something unique and crazy. If one of these flies your way, however, you should protect your face. Bug spray won’t help.

The Cute Yet Disturbing Cuttlefish

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Photo Credit: Mets4Ever2k / Reddit
Photo Credit: Mets4Ever2k / Reddit

What you see here are cuttlefish right before they hatch from their eggs. They look scary and sweet at the same time, but I wouldn’t want to touch any of them.

Mother Finds A Butterfly In The Making

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Photo Credit: aglazeddonut / Reddit

The eye socket of this skull is now home to a butterfly-to-be. I wonder why it chose to rest here and not somewhere a little safer. That head could get taken at any moment.

Some Mossy Frogs

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Photo Credit: A Tree Frog Collective / Facebook
Photo Credit: A Tree Frog Collective / Facebook

There are regular looking frogs, and then there are these guys. It looks like you could put them under a faucet and wash them smooth, but I wouldn’t try it—you’d be scrubbing for a while.

The Fleeting Fire-Opal

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Photo Credit: leakytoquito / Reddit

You don’t get to see a fire opal whenever you want. It’s dazzling, but fire opals only get created under certain circumstances. It happens when water mixes with lava in a volcano.

This Is A Senecio Forest

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Photo Credit: Andrea Schieber / Flickr
Photo Credit: Andrea Schieber / Flickr

This is on Mount Kilimanjaro, where the senecios live their best lives. Thanks to the perfect conditions, these members of the daisy family can grow up to 20 feet tall.

Bees Killing A Murder Hornet

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Photo Credit: gasthefurries420 / Reddit

The murder hornet might be terrifying when you’re a solo bee, but when you call in the hive, it’s game over. The swarm’s tactic is basically to tackle it as a group and wait until it overheats. This hornet never stood a chance the moment the whole team arrived.

It’s A Leucistic Moose

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Photo Credit: FormerFruit / Reddit
Photo Credit: FormerFruit / Reddit

Encountering one of these is almost like winning the lottery. These are rare, but their facial expressions are what make them interesting. They look dopey and goofy, almost like an animated character.

Would You Swim Here?

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Photo Credit: exoduscv / Reddit
Photo Credit: exoduscv / Reddit

The water here looks really blue, but the cave monster looks a bit creepy. How did the rocks form into such a perfect face? There’s probably some hidden treasure in there.

A Storm Moved The Road!

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Photo Credit: Craigrets / Reddit
Photo Credit: Craigrets / Reddit

Nature is the last thing you want to mess with, obviously. Look at how a storm picked up this street and tossed it elsewhere. This is complete and utter madness.

Teeth In A Squid’s Suction Cup

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Photo Credit: Nemesis9007 / Reddit

People who have no knowledge of how suction cups work probably never knew that there are teeth in them. As scary as it might seem, this is still nature at its coolest and most interesting. Just keep the squids away from me.

10,000-Year-Old Skull Found

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Photo Credit: paone22 / Reddit
Photo Credit: paone22 / Reddit

This farmer found a 10,000-year-old skull of an extinct giant Irish elk. That thing is beyond giant if the head is longer than this whole man. Imagine getting a headbutt from that.

A Snail’s Growth In A Year

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Photo Credit: mossydeerbones / Reddit

This woman showcased how large her snail had become, and it’s ridiculous. Imagine stepping on that thing while you’re walking in the morning. That would be a lot of ooze to clean up.

This Bird Wasn’t Ready

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Photo Credit: candycane7 / Reddit

Someone said they heard some noise on their roof and this was it. Nature battling it out on your roof like this seems pretty intense. How do you sleep at night?

After A Bite From A Baby Diamondback

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Photo Credit: Reddit

The good news is that this man will live. The bad news is that now he has no pinky toe, and that probably hurt like you wouldn’t believe. Diamondbacks are not to be trifled with. You live and you learn.

This Snake Has Both Eyes In One Socket

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Photo Credit: officialjoeyacnl / Reddit

This looks like some silly cartoon drawing. If I saw this in real life, I probably wouldn’t even be afraid of it. That seems like one of the nicest snakes. Given the diamondback picture, though, I’ll still be keeping my distance. Just in case.

The Way Into The Spider-Verse

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Photo Credit: chasing_tranquility / Reddit
Photo Credit: chasing_tranquility / Reddit

If you wanted some spider powers or needed to find the spider-verse entrance, here is it. All you have to do is get permission from this treacherous wolf spider guarding the front. Maybe it’s best to stay away. Nobody needs spider powers that much.

The Rough-Nosed Horned Lizard

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Photo Credit: DrFetusRN / Reddit
Photo Credit: DrFetusRN / Reddit

This is a fine specimen. It’s not a lizard you see often, but if you’re lucky enough to come across one, take a cool picture like this—they’re very photogenic. Would you keep one as a pet?

The Menacing Black Heron

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Photo Credit: TitaniumPeak / Reddit
Photo Credit: TitaniumPeak / Reddit

What makes these things so menacing? Well, it has to deal with the way they hunt, which is pretty clever. This bird creates a shady spot that tricks the fish into revealing themselves.

A Wasp Eating Lunch

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Photo Credit: whitecorn / Reddit
Photo Credit: whitecorn / Reddit

Wasps are some of the vilest creatures in the world. Here is one just casually chomping away at a poor little grasshopper. That’s the thing with nature, it can be vicious. Sometimes the only thing you can do is to take a picture and move on.

Ants Squirting Acid!

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Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

If you didn’t know that some ants can shoot acid, now you know! Somebody wanted to know if the acid hurts them when it rains back on them. That’s a great question, but I’m not sticking around to find out.

Dried Frog Eating A Spider

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Photo Credit: @natureismetal / Instagram
Photo Credit: @natureismetal / Instagram

This frog died trying to have a spider for breakfast. This was a struggle that nobody won, as is sometimes the case in nature. Now their desiccated remains will just hang out there until something knocks them down.

Why Does This Ice Look Like It’s Staring?

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Photo Credit: alexadlynn / Reddit
Photo Credit: alexadlynn / Reddit

This might be the coolest ice ever. It looks like a giant blue eye on the ground, and now you can’t stop staring. I wouldn’t want to find out what is in the black space.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Photo Credit: boBByHiLL-4prez / Reddit

Someone spotted an albino deer while walking into work, and if that combined with the rainbow formation to its left didn’t put them in a good mood, ready to tackle whatever the work day throws at them, nothing could.

Nature Has A “Twisted” Sense of Humor

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Photo Credit: roccobaroco / Reddit

This twisted driftwood was found at the beach in the town of Aarhus. A native of the town said it became an attraction that encouraged people to come to check it out and enjoy a hiking trail or beach walk while there.

Carefully Framed

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Photo Credit: edrocketinn / Reddit

How amazing is the way the condensation formed on this blackberry plant, carefully framing each leaf? It almost feels like nature had a small paintbrush that it used to lightly dot the edges.

Nature Always Finds A Way

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Photo Credit: unnaturalorder / Reddit

Even in the harsh conditions and hot climate, these rare desert flowers bloomed in the Atacama desert in Chile. It knew exactly how much water and sunlight it needed to survive without any human intervention.

A Flower From A Land Far Far Away

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Photo Credit: shady_robot / Reddit

This petunia looks like a portal that will transport you to an entirely new galaxy if you stare at it long enough. The color formations are so mesmerizing you might start questioning if you’re actually still sober.

A Natural Umbrella

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Photo Credit: VigoureusePatate / Reddit

It seems that everything in nature takes care of each other. When this bird needed shelter from the harsh weather conditions, nature made it an icicle umbrella for it to perch under. It’s perfectly shaped, too.

A Giant Mountain Hat

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Photo Credit: jpba1352 / Reddit

Mount Fuji looks like it’s setting the fashion standard now for mountains worldwide. Pointy cloud hats are in and clear sky backgrounds are out. Weather conditions may affect the trend.

Beauty Is Not In Size

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Photo Credit: bukunothing / Reddit

This super tiny maple leaf is proof that size plays no part in defining beauty. It’s so small yet so detailed, vibrant, and recognizable. Let’s make an example of this leaf for beauty standards everywhere.

Pushing Through Concrete

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Photo Credit: Batholith_forge / Reddit

If you’ve ever wondered about the strength of nature, it can literally push through concrete. These sunflowers grew out of the sidewalk just a few steps away from the parent patch. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

All The Fall Colors In One

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Photo Credit: littlewrenbird / Reddit

Moss gets a bad reputation. It has the capacity to look so beautiful, especially when it lays itself out in such a seasonal color gradient. The shade slightly changes with each brick.

Nothing Can Stop It From Growing

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Photo Credit: deleted / Reddit

This tree was burnt in a bushfire, but it wasn’t done living yet, so it continued to grow anyway. Even though the bottom is barely holding on, the top is in full bloom. It’s quite inspirational.

All The Colors Of The Rainbow In One Cabbage

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Photo Credit: Schology / Reddit
Photo Credit: Schology / Reddit

This cabbage showing its fall colors barely looks real. It’s more believable to think that someone took a whole painting palette and individually painted each row than to believe that nature was just doing its thing. This is why we shouldn’t mess with it.