Presenting a collection of the most amazing and rare things that our magnificent planet has to offer. These are so beautifully exquisite that you will not believe your eyes. I’m completely star-struck!
1. White Peacocks (Found in Grasslands of Australia and India)
These majestically beautiful creatures are a rare species of the peacock. White peacocks are not albinos; they have a genetic mutation that is known as Leucism, which causes the lack of pigments in the plumage.
2. Bismuth Crystals
Found all over the world, Bismuth is a chemical element that is 86% as dense as lead. It is a brittle metal with a silvery-white color when freshly produced, but is often seen in air with a pink tinge owing to surface oxidation. This marvel of nature is found in a series of geometrical lines and figures that resemble something of a sci-fi movie. But trust me its real! Unbelievable right?
3. The Insides of a Meteorite
On the outside meteorites look like volcanic rocks. But astronomy photographer Jeff Barton cracked them open to reveal the glittering geodes inside. To capture the stunning shots of meteorite guts, Barton cut the rocks open with a rock saw with a diamond-coated blade. He then ground down a stamp-sized piece so thin light can pass through it, like the sun through the windows of a cathedral. Photos are subsequently taken with polarizing filters and a DSLR attached to a petrographic microscope. Aren’t they just beautiful? I wish I could wear one on a necklace.
4. Jeweled Squid (Mid Atlantic and Pacific Ocean)
This unusual squid, despite its delicate, decorated appearance, was found 1,650 lung-crushing feet (500 meters) beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. Scientists on a recent deep-sea expedition found the squid, called Histioteuthis hoylei, along with an abundance of other species thought to be very rare, if not unknown, elsewhere. Jewel squid are known for their mismatched eyes, one of which is larger than the other to scope for prey in the deep’s darkness.
5. ‘Life Within Death ‘ : Chinese Lantern (China, Japan and Southern Europe)
Physalis alkekengi, or the Chinese/Japanese Lantern, blooms during Winter and dries during Spring. Once it is dried, the bright red fruit is seen. The outer cover is a thin mesh that held the flower petals, seen in golden brown color.
6. Rafflesia arnoldi Flower : Largest Flower in The World (Indonesia)
This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. When in bloom, the Rafflesia emits a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat. This odor attracts insects that pollinate the plant.
7. Purple Carrots (Grown in Britain and Central Asia)
The purple colour of these carrots is actually due to anthocyanin pigments. The history of these carrots can be traced back to Rome and Central Asia, where they were grown as early as the 10th century. Purple carrots, still orange on the inside, were sold in British stores starting in 2002.
8. Auroras (Near the Polar Regions of the Earth)
An aurora is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The result is a stream of beautiful green displays that run across the sky creating a luminescent kind of effect.
9. Rain as seen from an airplane window (Britain)
A giant rain cloud, seen from a light aircraft, pours its contents down on Burbage between Leicester and Birmingham
10. Kangaroo joey Inside the Pouch (Australia)
This rare image comes from the pouch of a mother kangaroo, where a kangaroo joey grows in peace. Baby kangaroos after being born are transferred to the pouches of their mothers for completion of their growth. FYI: Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring. They can even delay gestation when environmental factors are likely to diminish the chance of young surviving.
11. Red Banana (Australia)
Red bananas, also known as Red Dacca bananas in Australia, are a variety of banana with reddish-purple skin. They are smaller and plumper than the common Cavendish banana. When ripe, raw red bananas have a flesh that is cream to light pink in color.
12. Living Rock: Pyura chilensis (Chile and Peru)
Sometimes referred to as a ‘living rock’ , Pyura chilensis is a tunicate that resembles a mass of organs inside a rock. It is often found in dense aggregations in the intertidal and subtidal coast of Chile and Peru. It is the closest anyone can get to finding blood in a stone! It is also served as a local delicacy in the cities surrounding the coasts.
13. Tasmanian Giant Crab (Southern waters of Australia)
AKA “Giant Deepwater Crab” – One of the largest crabs in the world. – Weighs a mighty 29lb with a 15-inch shell. – It has a white shell with claws that are splashed in red.
14. Purple Corn (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru)
A variety of Zea mays, is a corn grown in the Andes region of South America. It is common in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru. The kernels of Purple Corn have long been used by the people of the Andes to color foods and beverages, a practice just beginning to become popularized in the industrialized world. Besides its use as food and dye, purple corn is thought to have many health benefits.
15. Koroit Opal (Australia, South West Queensland )
The Koroit opal field is an opal mining area in Paroo Shire in South West Queensland, Australia. It is known for the very distinctive type of boulder opal that is found in its mines. In Queensland boulder opal is found within a 300 km wide belt of sedimentary rocks in the Winton Formation. Here opal is found as a kernel in small concretions
16. Albino Alligator (Southeast United States particularly Louisiana)
As terrifying as it looks, these alligators are vicious. The two kinds of white alligators are albino and leucistic. These alligators are practically impossible to find in the wild as they would be extremely vulnerable to predators or the sun. They could survive only in captivity and are few in number. Around US, there are just 50 albino individuals.
17. The Glowing Forest (Shikoku, Japan )
This forest glows in the dark thanks to a bunch of Luminescent Mushrooms. Mushrooms and fallen leaves emit a magical light for just a short period of time each year.
18. Flying Fish (Tropical and Sub-tropical Waters)
Yes its true…there is a kind of fish that can fly! Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water’s surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators.
19. A Katydid camouflaging into its surroundings (Amazon Rain forest)
Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids or bush-crickets. There are more than 6,400 species. Part of the suborder Ensifera, it is the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets and weta than to any type of grasshopper. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.
20. The Dragon’s Skull ( Europe, the United States, and North Africa)
This weird little plant is called a Snapdragon or Dragon flower or, if you want to sound even smarter, The Antirrhinum. Once the flower has died, the seed pod begins to look like the skulls you see here. Apart from being creepy as hell and alleged protectors of the garden, if you wore this about your body you would appear to be more “fascinating and gracious”. Though I imagine if anyone actually did find this on you, fascinating and gracious are not the only things they will think about you.
21. Amazingly Beautiful Campo (Colorado Tornado )
22. The Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus Titanum (Indonesia)
At 2.27 metres (7ft 5in) high, the Amorphophallus titanum is considered the longest flower in the world. Yup! It smells terrible.
23. The Flying Gurnards, Dactylopteridae (Indo-Pacific Oceans)
The flying gurnards are a family, Dactylopteridae, of marine fish notable for their greatly enlarged pectoral fins. As they cannot literally fly, an alternative name preferred by some authors is helmet gurnards
24. Albino Humpback Whale (East coast of Australia)
An albino humpback whale that travels up and down the east coast of Australia became famous in the local media on account of its extremely rare, all-white appearance. Migaloo is the only known all-white humpback whale and is known to be a true albino. First sighted in 1991, and believed to be three to five years old at that time, Migaloo was named for an indigenous Australian word for “white fella”. Migaloo was shown to be male in 2004 by analysis of sloughed skin samples. Because of the intense interest, environmentalists feared he was becoming distressed by the number of boats following him each day. In response, the Queensland and New South Wales governments introduce legislation each year to create a 500-m (1600-ft) exclusion zone around the whale. Recent closeup pictures have shown Migaloo to have skin cancer and/or skin cysts as a result of his lack of protection from the sun.
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