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16 Jaw-Dropping Pictures of Natural and Cultural Phenomena

 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.

Natural and Cultural Phenomena The 1911 barque called Europa sailing through Antarctica
Image Source: Reddit

2. The world’s largest tree was wrapped in aluminum foil to protect it from an approaching wildfire.

Natural and Cultural Phenomena world’s largest tree wrapped in aluminum foil
Image Source: Acid Cow

3. A violin boat in Venice

Natural and Cultural Phenomena A violin boat in Venice
Image Source: Reddit
 

4. "This is not a tired guy sleeping at the airport – it’s a bronze sculpture."

Natural and Cultural Phenomena bronze sculpture of tired guy sleeping at the airport
Image Source: Acid Cow

5. A beautiful view at the Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria, England

Natural and Cultural Phenomena the Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria, England
Image Source: Reddit

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."

Natural and Cultural Phenomena Eyjafjallajökull
Image Source: Acid Cow

8. "Fisher Island is the richest ZIP code in America with an average income of $2.2 million."

Natural and Cultural Phenomena Fisher Island
Image Source: Acid Cow

9. Ayam Cemani is a rare chicken breed from Indonesia. Even the bones and organs of these birds are black.

Natural and Cultural Phenomena Ayam Cemani
Image Source: Acid Cow

10. "Brazil maintains a fleet of hospital ships that dock at riverside villages and treat the locals for free."

Natural and Cultural Phenomena hospital ships
Image Source: Acid Cow

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

Natural and Cultural Phenomena The beautiful rock-cut ceiling at a Jain Temple in Rajasthan, India
Image Source: Reddit

13. The Himalayan Mountains as seen from space

Natural and Cultural Phenomena The Himalayan Mountains as seen from space
Image Source: Reddit

14. A closeup shot at the gills of a whale shark

Natural and Cultural Phenomena gills of a whale shark
Image Source: Acid Cow

15. These ice formations are called “penitentes.” They are found at altitudes of 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) and above.

Natural and Cultural Phenomena penitentes
Image Source: Reddit

16. The beauty of the Cao Bang province in northeast Vietnam

Natural and Cultural Phenomena Cao Bang province in northeast Vietnam
Image Source: Acid Cow

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