8 natural phenomena you won't believe are real

2014-05-14 08:49
Since most of us live a crazy life – rushing from one point to the next and back again – it’s rather easy to forget that, actually, we live on a pretty amazing planet.

Even though you might get bored with your everyday surroundings and your normal route to work, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new to discover.

While we’re firm believers in appreciating the proverbial flowers at your feet, and noticing the little bits of magic in your day to day life, we thought we’d inspire you with a few Instagram pics of eight incredible natural sites you would never believe are real.

Well, they are, and the best proof is that these pics were taken by people just like you and me!  

Do you have any pics of natural phenomena that seem unreal? Share them with us! Send them to pics@news24travel.com or mention us in a comment on Instagram

Tulip Field, Salem, Oregon  


Tulips may be synonymous with the Netherlands, but one of the US Pacific Northwest’s most delightful secrets is the state of Oregon’s 16 hectares of colourful tulip fields. They make for a rather dazzling display, don’t they?

Spotted lake, Osoyoos, Canada


Located in British Columbia, Canada, this lake may look like something from a science fiction thriller or a fantasy film, however it’s 100% the real deal! Spotted Lake is very highly concentrated with numerous different minerals. It contains some of the highest quantities of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates in the world. It has been used as a sacred site of healing by the First Nations for centuries, and was originally known as Khiluk.

Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, Hawaii

Before you freak out about how disrespectful the kids of today are – splashing paint on magnificent old trees – calm down. This is what the Eucalyptus deglupta’s bark really looks like. It is found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere with a distribution spanning New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. It is grown in plantations in the Philippines as well and used mainly for paper making.  


A moonbow (also known as a black rainbow) is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (rather than from direct sunlight) refracting off of moisture in the air. Moonbows are relatively faint and always appear in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.  

Salt flats, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10 582 square kilometers and is located in in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes. It’s elevation of is 3 656 meters above sea level and can play crazy tricks on your eyes. Just check the awesome reflection in the pic above!

Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia

No, unfortunately it’s not an entire lake of strawberry-flavoured Steri Stumpie, although that would be super cool. It’s actually just an ordinary salt lake in Western Australia that turns pink due to a chemical reaction between salt and a type of algae.

Wolfberg Arch, Cederberg  

This majestic local rock formation is absolutely mind-boggling in its magnitude and perfection. Wouldn’t you agree?

Elephant Rock, Three Sisters Beach, New Zealand

If our Instagram search for ‘elephantrock’ is anything to go by, it seems as though there are quite a number of pachyderm-shaped formations around the globe. This one in New Zealand caught our eye, mostly because it seems to be rather unknown... and we're suckers for the lesser known! 

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