17 photos that prove nature is so much more powerful than you are

Mother Nature sure is a mystifying figure. She has the power to produce beauty so spectacular that it makes life worth living–and destruction so terrifying, you’ll wonder whose side she’s on. If you can’t personally relate to the latter, then maybe you haven’t stepped outside — or turned on the TV for that matter — in recent years.

Now, whether Mother Nature is currently your friend or your foe, we still think she should be celebrated. Here are 17 of the most awe-inspiring, head-scratching, and just plain terrifying photos that illustrate how she impacts our world. Get ready to “ohhh”, “ahhhh”, and “eeek!”

Icy works of art fall from the sky

No human could have made something quite so perfect!

Two natural phenomenons converge

Somewhere over the… lightning bolt?!

A tree trunk makes a mockery of a sign

Proof that if you try to control nature, it will laugh in your face.

New colors are invented with each setting sun

It doesn’t get much bigger or brighter than a California sunset.

Waves that are as tall as skyscrapers

That’s one brave surfer!

When the air’s too cold to let the waterfall flow

If this were summer, the photographer would be drenched!

Our moon moves over our sun

Idaho’s view of this year’s Great North American Solar Eclipse.

When apples fall far from the tree

A powerful hurricane took care of this orchard’s apple-picking.

An erupting volcano makes quite the scene

It’s scary to think that the dark cloud hovering directly above the mountain is made entirely of ash!

A massive heard of sheep blends in with its snowy surroundings

Can you count all 550 of them?

A wildfire masquerades as a sunset

Where the flames meet the waves!

A view of the “world’s ugliest animal”

We don’t quite know what Mother Nature was thinking when she made the blobfish!

A rare “cyclops goat” poses for a picture

This one-eyed kid is among one of the only goats with cyclopia to survive past birth.

When clouds look like UFOs

The sight of a lenticular cloud would make E.T. want to “phone home!”

An infrared view of the devastating Hurricane Maria

NASA lets us in on what the “calm eye” of this natural disaster looked like from space.

A spider weaved a fantastic web

Work of art or insect torture device? Our answer is both!

Floating clumps of venomous red ants after Hurricane Harvey

These nightmarish masses were spotted floating through post-hurricane floodwater. Talk about adding insult to injury!

There ain’t no messing with Mother Nature! We’d love to hear what you think about all of these heart-pumping photos. Which one is your favorite? Have you ever had a life-changing encounter with Mother Nature? Do you have an impressive photo of your own that you would like to share?

Very good dog helps give the world more avocados

Meet Diller — a very sweet dog who, quite generously, has taken it upon himself to make the world a tastier place for the rest of us.

When Diller was still a puppy, part of a litter born to a pregnant rescue dog, he and his whole family moved to a horse ranch in Southern California. The large property affords Diller and his siblings plenty of room to run and play — but it came with something else. Something delicious.

It didn’t take long for Diller to take notice.

«There were a couple of abandoned avocado trees from an old orchard a few hundred feet from our house,» Diller’s dad, Robert Moser, told The Dodo. «That’s where it began.»

The «it» Moser is referring to is Diller’s love affair with the trees’ fleshy green fruit.

The dog apparently learned to pluck avocados down all by himself — realizing soon after just how exquisite they are. (Fortunately, despite rumors to the contrary, avocados aren’t poisonous to dogs.)

The discovery was life-changing for Diller, and he just had to share.

«One day I came home from work and there were two perfectly clean avocado pits sitting at the foot of my chair. They seriously looked like they had been polished,» Moser said. «I was sitting there wondering, ‘What the heck?’, when Diller sauntered in with the third, gently placed it on my shoe, and wagged his tail, clearly expecting pets for being a very good boy.»

Moser had tried to grow new avocado trees from extracted pits in the past, but never with much luck. Diller’s perfectly polished offerings gave his dad the inspiration to try again.

«Pits that had been whacked out of the avocado with a knife were usually too scuffed up, and if you tried to grow them with the brown seed skin still on, they’d usually rot,» Moser said. «With that in mind, I knew what I had to try the moment I saw the clean pits laid at my feet.»

And sure enough, from Diller’s pits, the world was blessed with a new batch of baby avocado trees.

Diller had done good — and he knew it. With that, the dog’s work in producing more avocados began in earnest. It’s a yummy job, and Diller’s more than happy to do it.

«He saw how excited I got when he first brought me the seeds,» Moser said. «And every time he brings me another one, he gets lots of pets and praise. The seeds that he brings me almost always germinate. His special cleaning technique really does seem to make a difference, even if it is mostly motivated by a desire for a guacamole snack.»

Before long, Diller and Moser were growing more avocado saplings than they knew what to do with. So, they started trading them with other farmers and gifting them to family and friends.

«Once people started realizing I had more seeds than normal to give away, I told them the story of how I got them, and we shared a good laugh,» Moser said. «There are probably a few dozen Diller-trees throughout California nowadays.»

Each little avocado tree even comes with a photo of the pup with the seed it sprouted from.

The dog has been at it for a while now, and the avocado goodness continues to spread.

«The earliest of Diller’s trees are just starting to bear fruit,» Moser said. «I know the folks that have them will think of him every time they harvest. It’s the sort of thought that makes you smile when it crosses your mind, you know?»

As for Diller?

«I think he knows he’s doing something special.»

It’s important to note that your pups probably shouldn’t be entrusted to do what Diller does with whole avocados — but it’s probably fine to let them have a slice.

«As a board-certified veterinary specialist in emergency/critical care and toxicology, I get asked if avocados are poisonous to dogs or not. Don’t spread the hype — avocado is not poisonous to dogs!» Dr. Justine Lee, a consultant for the ASPCA, told The Dodo. «While it is highly poisonous to certain species (e.g., birds, sheep, etc.), the persin within the avocado fruit doesn’t pose a poisoning threat to dogs.»

The real threat to dogs from avocados is actually the pit. Those are a serious choking hazard and, if ingested, could become lodged in a dog’s stomach or intestines. Thankfully, Diller has never had a problem handling pits, and his owner is aware of the danger.

«I would never let a dog that I didn’t know was a methodical eater have a whole avocado,» Moser said. «I trust Diller because I know him. He’s getting to be an old man dog nowadays, and we’ve never had any trouble with him even thinking about eating a pit.»

So, according to Dr. Lee, yes — other dogs can enjoy the fruits of Diller’s delicious labor in moderation. (Too much can cause an upset stomach.)

«No need to take the guacamole bowl away from your dog entirely,» Lee said. «When in doubt, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for lifesaving advice!»


This mind-blowing illustration shows how deep the ocean is, and it will terrify you

The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, yet we don’t often realize just how truly deep and mysterious it is. National Ocean Service reports that around 95% of the ocean is unexplored, meaning that we really have no idea what lies deep down beneath the surface. Likely inspired by the mystery, Rasplove of xkcd decided to draw a comic titled “Lakes and Oceans”, combining both the facts we know about the deep sea as well as humorous details to explain just how shallow our knowledge of the waters is.

Positioned at the top of the illustration, the Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975 in water that was shallower than it was long (the ship was over 200m long while it was found at the depth of 160m). The illustration also features such elements as the famous RMS Titanic, Burj Khalifa and even stick figures of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, a clever reference to their song “Under Pressure”! At the bottom of the image, around 10,916 m is the Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth, which is in the Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean. James Cameron made a descent to the bottom of it on 26 March 2012 and filmed his experience. The door in the picture is fictional, however, as the artist is only implying that Cameron went so deep to reach it, instead of making the descent just for the sake of it.

While Cameron reported only seeing tiny amphipods and no fish, we can only imagine what swims at the rest of the unexplored 95% of the ocean as some creatures found by a Russian fisherman Roman Fedortsov look like monsters out of our worst nightmares.

Sometimes we don’t even comprehend how deep the ocean is and Randall Munroe shows it perfectly in this infographic

The Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in 1975 in water that was shallower than it was long

The vessels that seem lost in the depths of the sea are just at the top of the picture

The RMS Titanic sank on 14 April 1912 and now lies in two parts at about 3,784 m deep

The illustration also features stick figures of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, a reference to their song “Under Pressure”

Only 5% of the ocean is explored, leaving the rest of it a mystery with only glimpses of what lies beneath the surface

The deepest known point on Earth, the Challenger Deep, is in the Mariana Trench, at about 10,916 m

James Cameron made a descent to the bottom of it on 26 March 2012

Although he only reported seeing tiny amphipods and no fish, we can only imagine what creatures swim within the depths


Cherry blossoms have just bloomed in China, and it’s probably one of the most amazing sights on the planet

People worldwide usually associate Cherry blossoms with spring in Japan, but China’s blooms are so magical, they might just become their national symbol as well. The country has just been flooded by an ocean of colorful blossoms, which should stay vibrant through April.

Residents and tourists from all over the world are flocking to the many different sites to admire these gorgeous floral children of spring. At Kunming Zoo in Yunnan Province, for example, the 19th Cherry Blossom Festival began on March 7th and will last until April 7th. It features over 5,000 flowering cherry and crab-apple trees. The 2018 Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival will run from March 16th to April 15th in Gucun Park, showing off more than 12,000 cherry blossom trees of 82 varieties.

Scroll down to feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping pics and vote for your favorites!


50 powerful photos capture extraordinary moments in the wild

These amazing photos show animals in a way that you’ve never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures.

A frog sails through the rain on a homemade sailboat.

An elephant guards the body of a fallen friend from scavengers.

The elegant coconut octopus is found in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean.

Two Stallions Battle For Dominance.

A clownfish and eel meet for the first time.

An Elegant Blue Half-Moon Betta Fish.

An owl and a woodpecker attempt to intimidate one another.

A leopard retreats to the trees for a well-earned meal

The Beautiful Multi-Colored Cuckoo Wasp.

An ant drinks from a droplet of water.

The breathtaking african bush viper is well known for its beautifully colored scales.

An Arctic Fox Enjoys The Snowfall.

In an amazing display, fish hitch a ride on the back of a whale shark.

The vibrant weedy seadragon carries fertilized eggs.

The sardine run in South Africa sees billions of fish form into unimaginably large groups as they migrate to warmer waters.

Goat Kids Playing At 14,000 Feet

Tiny baby octopii emerge from their strange pods.

The Delicate Glasswinged Butterfly.


20 eye-opening photos that reveal just how terrifying the ocean really is

You may not have heard of thalassophobia, but it’s possible you suffer from it. Defined as the fear of open water or the sea in general, it’s a pretty common condition. After all, bodies of water across the globe are full of mystery, and who can’t relate to the fear of the unknown?

Maybe you’re not worried about what’s lurking beneath the waves now, but you might change your tune once you see these terrifying photos of the ocean and everything hiding inside it. Cue the Jaws theme!

1. The whale shark might be harmless to humans (watch out if you’re a plankton, though!), but that doesn’t mean their mouths aren’t serious nightmare fuel. Just picture this thing swimming up behind you… no thanks.

2. Sure, nothing appears to be lurking around the corner in this creepy photo, but that’s exactly what makes it so troubling. That fear of the unknown certainly applies to the mysteries of the deep.

3. Every once in a while, the scariest thing you can find on the ocean floor isn’t a shark, a jellyfish, or another animal—it’s a completely inanimate object. What is that chair doing there? How spooky is that?

4. Whales are unlikely to behave aggressively towards humans, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re completely massive and dangerous. If ol’ Moby Dick here decides it’s time to come up for air, that little boat will be in trouble.

5. The boat wasn’t big enough for the unsuspecting Quint, Hooper, and Brody in Jaws, but they still made it out alive (mostly). By comparison, this man and his kayak don’t stand a chance against this big guy!

6. No, that isn’t a giant tentacle monster from a horror movie—it’s just ordinary, harmless seaweed. Still, we wouldn’t blame you for immediately swimming in the opposite direction if you saw it while surfing!

7. You might not think that you suffer from claustrophobia, but it would likely be a different—and far more frightening—story if you found yourself in a particularly tight underwater corridor while scuba diving.

8. This octopus is enormous! While he likely doesn’t pose a threat to the scuba diver, there’s still something utterly frightening about seeing such a strange creature up close.

9. If horror movies set in the ocean have taught us anything, it’s that if you explore an abandoned or sunken ship, you’re bound to run into a giant shark or terrifying skeleton pirate before too long!

10. Coming across just one hammerhead shark is bad enough, but if you’re unlucky and you get on the bad side of a whole school of hammerhead sharks, you’re not going to stand a chance!

11. Whales, as a general rule, are pretty unlikely to go out of their way to act aggressively toward humans, but none of that changes the fact that they’re dangerous. Just look how teensy this scuba diver is compared to this humpback! He could be swallowed whole.

12. What’s more frightening than this unusually large, ghostly stingray is the fact that this brave swimmer is able to keep such a zen-like calm in its presence. Most people would be freaking out, right?

13. The idea of a haunted forest is a well-mined fantasy trope, but what about a haunted forest that’s also underwater? That’s what you get with Cenote Angelita (“Little Angel”), a hidden underwater river in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

14. The thing about the open ocean is that you don’t really know if there’s anything lurking underneath your boat. This perspective really shows you just how much could be swimming below the surface…

15. You know what’s creepy? Any sort of animal with a ridiculous number of legs. The bearded fireworm, a type of marine bristleworm, might just qualify for that category. Yikes!

16. Jason deCaires Taylor is an “underwater artist” who specializes in creating these unique statues. Surely, he knows how eerie they are. They really look like some sort of underwater graveyard.

17. Gigantic snakes like this are nightmarish enough on dry land. So just imagine coming face to face with one in the open water where you likely won’t be able to escape? Haven’t these people ever seen the movie Anaconda?

18. If you ever step on a jellyfish, you’ll most likely feel a teeny sting. So you can imagine how horrible it’d be if this lion’s mane jellyfish touched you. Their stings aren’t usually lethal, but they’re not all that pleasant, either!

19. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” That certainly has to apply to this scuba diver, who’s bravely challenging the unknown with this sinkhole!

20. If the iconic Jaws theme music by John Williams doesn’t start playing in your head the second you see this picture, you clearly weren’t scared by the movie. Either that, or you’re absurdly brave!

As scary as some of these pictures may be, don’t let them stop you from venturing into the water entirely. After all, 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. It’s beautiful—you just need to be careful!


10 plants that can filter the air in your house according to nasa

You might not realize it but the air in your home can be filled with toxins! Toxins are more common than you might think and can be found in anything from the paint on your walls to the paper bags you carry your groceries in. These toxins secrete into the air which we then breathe into our bodies.

There are six types of toxins that are present in our air:

TRICHLOROETHYLENE: Found in paints, lacquers, printing inks, varnishes, adhesives and paint remover
FORMALDEHYDE: Found in paper bags, facial tissues, waxed papers, paper towels, table napkins, plywood paneling and synthetic fabrics
BENZENE: Used to make plastics, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Can also be found in tobacco smoke, vehicle exhausts, glue, paint, and furniture wax
XYLENE: Found in printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, tobacco smoke and vehicle exhausts.
AMMONIA: Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers

Luckily, there is a simple solution, houseplants! Plants clean the air and act as natural filters. These are NASA’s top 10 plants for air-purifying:

1. Aloe Vera

Scientific name: Aloe Vera

Filters: This plant filters formaldehyde

Other benefits: The liquid is great for your skin!

2. Red-Edged Dracaena

Scientific name: Dracaena marginata

Filters: This plant filters out benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde

Other benefits: This plant is drought resistant so can survive with very little water — perfect for if you are away often!

3. Spider Plant

Scientific name: Chlorophytum comosum

Filters: This plant filters out xylene and formaldehyde

Other benefits: It is one of the easiest houseplants to grow even if you don’t have a green thumb!

4. Cornstalk Dracaena

Scientific name: Dracaena fragrans

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits: It is pretty and can grow as big as you allow it!

5. Ficus

Scientific name: Ficus

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits: It is low maintenance and grows to a nice size

6. Bamboo Palm

Scientific name: Dypsis lutescens

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits: Although it needs lots of sunlight, it is an easy plant to grow and maintain

7. Devil’s Ivy

Scientific name: Epipremnum aureum

Filters: This plant filters out benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits: It is nearly impossible to kill!

8. Peace Lily

Scientific name: Spathiphyllum

Filters: This plant filters out benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and trichloroethylene

Other benefits: It stays small and has pretty white flowers!

9. Snake Plant

Scientific name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Filters: This plant filters out benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene

Other benefits: It loves dry weather so is low maintenance to keep in your house.

10. Chrysanthemum

Scientific name: Chrysanthemum

Filters: This plant filters out ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

Other benefits: It is beautiful and comes in various different colors