14 Magical Optical Illusions Found in Nature
Have you ever experienced these natural optical illusions in nature?
The beauty of nature
In these uncertain times, it can be hard to get out and experience what nature has to offer with everyone being stuck inside. Escape to nature in these magical optical illusion photos that you won’t believe are real. Check out these optical illusions that will make your brain hurt.
This optical illusion makes it look like there is a tiny rainbow within a cloud. A Brocken spectre, or mountain spectre, occurs on mountain tops when the sun is low casting enlarged shadows on the tops of clouds. The optical illusion is that the shadow of the observer looks to be as far away as objects in the distance. The shadow is surrounded by colored bands that are caused by a distraction on sunlight by water in the clouds. These real places look like optical illusions.
Bigger than life moon
Have you ever noticed that when the moon is close to the horizon it looks ten times bigger than when it’s high in the sky? This phenomenon is known as the “moon illusion.” When the moon appears close to the ground it changes your depth perception and causes your brain to see a very large moon. If you hold your hand in a telescope shape and look at the moon without the horizon so close it will appear small in size again.
Web of water
Dew or rain caught on spider webs can create the illusion of water floating in mid-air.
No, those strange looking things in the sky aren’t UFOs, they’re actually clouds. Lenticular clouds form when warm air moves over a mountain or mountain range and the air on the downwind side of the mountain remains cool. These are the most colorful natural wonders on earth.
Underwater waterfalls do exist, but this spot along the shoreline of Mauritius isn’t one of them. You’re actually seeing sand being pushed off of an underwater shelf called the Mascarene Plateau. You probably never learned about these crazy facts about earth in school.
While this natural wonder is very deep, from certain angles it looks like it goes all the way to the dark center of the earth. Jacob’s Well, located outside of Austin, Texas, is a great place to cool off in the hot summers, but can also be dangerous for those that dare to explore the cave below.
This natural rock formation known as The Wave throws off your depth perception because of the natural lines on the rocks. It’s located in Arizona, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Take a look at these breathtaking wave photos you won’t believe are real.
When the salt flat in Bolivia called Salar de Uyuni is covered in a thin layer of water it makes for some great optical illusions. This truck looks like it’s floating on top of the water.
No, this isn’t a waterfall of fire. Every year, around the second week of February, the sunset hits Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Park at just the right angle making it appear as though it’s on fire. Here are some natural wonders you’ve probably never heard of.
Mirage in the desert
A mirage in the desert might easily be mistaken for a body of water. Mirages occur when the ground is very hot and the air is cool. The hot air on the ground warms a layer of air just above the ground and when light moves from the cool air into the hot air just above the ground it’s bent creating a mirage.
Mirage on the road
A mirage can also appear on roadways. Just like the floor of the desert gets hot, roads also get very hot because of its dark color. Now, take a look at these perfectly timed nature photos.