Photoshop is a wonderful thing, allowing us to create some truly stunning images that aren't always possible to create using traditional, non-digital methods. Still, Mother Nature ain't no slouch either, and there is plenty of real (but also surreal) beauty out there - no fancy digital trickery necessary!
1. The Namib Desert meets the sea.
Wow, it's like something out of a surreal painting. What a landscape. The blend of what we consider the driest part of the world, the desert, and the sea creates a juxtaposition of texture and color that's mesmerizing.
2. A waterfall gushes off the edge of a glacier in Svalbard, Norway.
What a breathtaking view. I just want to dive in to that water (if it weren't so cold). But believe it or not, people have kayaked and even done backflips off of this 65ft drop wearing special drysuits.
3. The Verzasca river in Switzerland is so clear that you can see straight to the bottom.
This is a 19 mile long river known for it's beautiful waters and colorful rocks. I bet this is a really popular location with divers. It even makes me want to dive if it weren't for the treacherous currents.
4. Village streets after the rain.
This is absolutely incredible. It must have taken so much patience to get this perfect shot. The bold colors of the buildings and sky create a beautiful backdrop for this man on his horse.
5. How about this magnificent sunset?
The spectrum of colors in this sunset is breathtaking. The bright oranges fading into the turquoise of the sky...We really do live in a beautiful world, don't we?
6. Lenticular cloud formations over Mount Damavand.
It's almost like someone put a massive fedora on top of the mountain, isn't it? Lenticular clouds are formed in a unique shape because of air flows and because of this are often an explanation for UFO sightings.
7. Lightning strikes in South Dakota.
Get a glimpse of the raw, untamed majesty of Mother Nature's wrath - as dangerous as it is beautiful. The way this bolt cuts through the cloud and splinters off before it hits the earth is gorgeous.
8. A helicopter approaches the water.
By the look of it, this might be an offshore rescue training exercise. It's funny... these things happen all the time, but do we stop to appreciate the beauty when it happens?
9. The colors of the autumn are gorgeously reflected in this pond.
Whoa! How could words possibly do this justice? There is literally no way. It would also be amazing to see how long it would actually take someone to do this with Photoshop.
10. This deep-sea jellyfish looks like it's from another world.
What if aliens have already landed on Earth and they're just hiding in the ocean because everything else is so weird in there too? It's not too far fetched - and a great strategy because we keep looking up instead of deeper.
11. The Chrysler Building, New York City.
The use of lines is what makes this such a well-composed photo. But it's capturing the colors of the sunset reflected off of the skyscraper that make it seem otherworldly.
12. Aurora borealis, a.k.a. "Northern Lights," in Norway.
There's an old legend that says that the lights are the spirits of our ancestors, dancing across the sky. Perhaps that's why seeing them in person is on many people's bucket list.
13. A gorgeous view of Sardinia.
In the words of the one and only Liz Lemon, "I want to go to there." Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean sea, has over 1,000 miles of coastline and gorgeous views promised to anyone who visits.
14. Dragonfly covered in raindrops.
I'm usually skeeved out by bugs, but this one actually looks pretty cute. I had absolutely no idea the insect world was hiding such a rainbow of colors. And the tiny water droplets add an extra bit of flair.
15. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Russia.
St. Basil's Cathedral is arguably one of Russia's most famous and well-recognized landmarks, thanks to those colorful swirling towers. These are my favorite kinds of pictures - I love pictures of reflections that could be the same rotated either way.
16. Long-exposure photograph from a merry-go-round.
If you stare too long at this picture, you might just get dizzy. I did. My heart goes out to the poor soul that had to sacrifice their lunch to get this amazing shot.
17. A whale gets very close to a beach.
It was just a regular day at the beach. You're about to swim out to the deeper water - and all of a sudden, this happens. Do you still go for your swim?
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H/T: Bright Side