Having spent decades on this planet, we may think that it's difficult to surprise us with anything - let alone something as simple as a beautiful landscape, a rare natural phenomenon, or a work of art. We sometimes think that way too, and then we see pictures like these that catch us completely off guard and amaze us with their beauty, terrify us, or just make our jaws drop all the way to the floor. Needless to say, we simply had to share these astonishing pictures with you, enjoy!
1. The 1911 bark called Europa sailing through Antarctica.
2. The world’s largest tree was wrapped in aluminum foil to protect it from an approaching wildfire.
3. A violin boat in Venice
4. "This is not a tired guy sleeping at the airport – it’s a bronze sculpture."
5. A beautiful view at the Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria, England
6. The Road to the Sunrise is a biannual phenomenon in Illinois that looks like a magnificent reflection of sunbeams along railroad tracks.
7. "Icelanders say this eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is pretty small... compared to the other ones."
8. "Fisher Island is the richest ZIP code in America with an average income of $2.2 million."
9. Ayam Cemani is a rare chicken breed from Indonesia. Even the bones and organs of these birds are black.
10. "Brazil maintains a fleet of hospital ships that dock at riverside villages and treat the locals for free."
11. The sky during the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in Chile.
12. The beautiful rock-cut ceiling at a Jain Temple in Rajasthan, India
13. The Himalayan Mountains as seen from space
14. A closeup shot at the gills of a whale shark
15. These ice formations are called “penitentes.” They are found at altitudes of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) and above.
16. The beauty of the Cao Bang province in northeast Vietnam
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