25 Optical Illusions And Phenomena Only Seen In Nature

We’re all familiar with man-made optical illusions, but did you know that nature can actually produce optical illusions as well? For example, have you ever witnessed something that seemed a little bit off in nature?

Maybe something moving that shouldn’t be moving? Maybe a natural phenomenon resembling something completely out of place. From clouds and halos to auroras and mirages, these are 25 Optical Illusions And Phenomena Only Seen In Nature!

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The Wave

The WaveSource: wikipedia, Image: Greg Mote via Flickr.com

Located on the border of Arizona and Utah, this sandstone rock formation is a favorite spot for hikers and backpackers.


Apache Head

Apache HeadSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The Apache Head in the rocks is a famous site at Ebihens, France. It is known as pareidolia, or a stimulus which we perceive to be significant but really isn’t.


Badlands Guardian

Badlands GuardianSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Found in Alberta, Canada and seen from Google Earth, this rock formation bears the appearance of a human head wearing an Aboriginal Canadian headdress. Thanks to several humans structures the Guardian seems to be wearing headphones/earrings.


Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular CloudsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

These lens-shaped clouds have been responsible for more than one UFO sighting.


Arcus Cloud

Arcus CloudSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

We’re just going to end the list on clouds, and Arcus clouds are some of the coolest. Oftentimes seen along the coast, they can look quite foreboding.

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