11 Images of Nature You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped

#5. Rainbow Trees

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Either a particularly flamboyant Predator brought a bunch of highlighters with him to make the jungle more compatible with his new Technicolor cloaking device, or mutant alien leprechauns have invaded our humble Earth, bringing with them rainbow trees to hide their many pots of space gold in.

In reality, not only do these trees actually exist, but they're completely natural. Officially known as the Eucalyptus deglupta, the trees have multiple layers of bark. As the bark peels, the inner layers are initially green, but then darken into different shades of yellow, brown, purple, red and orange, making the tree look like the centerpiece of a Target back-to-school ad.

#4. Lake Natron

Awww ... baby sarlaccs are adorable.

What we are viewing here is obviously the pockmarked surface of a massive alien brain, mutated by radiation from a solar flare and sent screaming to Earth on the back of a meteor. It is slowly lurching its way toward those mountains in the distance to use its immeasurable psychic energy to construct a mind-rape antenna to enslave every living creature on the planet.

Luckily, that crimson field of fury is just an alkali salt crust lying on the top of Lake Natron, in Tanzania. Countless microorganisms are attracted to the heavy salt concentration, which gives the lake its odd color and texture.

"Mmmmm, that lake has some great marbling."

Despite alkalinity levels that can reach a pH level of 10 (almost as high as pure ammonia) and temperatures that reach over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the lake is one of the only breeding sites for the lesser flamingo, an animal that, ironically, also kind of looks like it's from space.

#3. The White Blob Tide


So you're living in Australia. Tired of constantly avoiding all of the horrible, horrible fauna that populate the mainland, you decide to set aside some time to sit back and relax at the beach. When you arrive, however, you find that the ocean has turned itself into a monster, seemingly devouring women and children in a mass of foam not entirely unlike the Blob's albino cousin. It sounds like a SyFy original movie starring Michael Madsen, and now that we think about it, we are certain it is a SyFy original movie starring Michael Madsen.

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"Upon further inspection, this is not a root beer float tide."

What you're actually seeing is a completely natural occurrence that happens every so often in the wake of big storms. The storm effectively stirs up sediment and organic deposits from the ocean floor, creating a foamy substance that washes up onto various beaches for several days. The foam itself is primarily made up of broken down dead sea life and seaweed, bathing inexplicably excited beachgoers in foul-smelling dead fish suds. You don't want to eat it, is what we're trying to say.

#2. The Spotted Lake


OK, that looks less like an alien landscape and more like something out of Dr. Seuss.

That ridiculous white-with-polka-dots landscape is Spotted Lake in Osoyoos, Canada. It's caused by a large concentration of various minerals found within the lake. During the summer, when most of the water evaporates, the minerals are left to harden around the remaining "spots" of water. Each spot's color is determined by its own unique combination of minerals.

"The guide says the yellowish-green ones are safe for swimming and the greenish-yellow ones will dissolve your skin."

#1. Foxfire / Glow-in-the-Dark Fungi

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Pictured above is the last thing you'll see before your brain is infected by interstellar radiation, turning you into a slobbering fungal demon intent on destroying every living thing within biting distance. Or, it's a clutch of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms.

So clutch.

Glow-in-the-dark fungi is actually very real and very not-from-space, and is also known as foxfire. The bioluminescence is caused by a simple chemical reaction within the fungus. The reason for this trait, however, is as yet unknown, and greatly debated. One common theory is that it is meant to attract insects, which in turn spread the seeds of the fungus. Please note that this still leaves room for our "insanity-farting mind bore from beyond the stars" theory until the source of the luminescence is officially determined.

For more images that just can't be real (but really are), check out 8 Real Photographs That Prove Hell Exists on Earth and 21 Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped .

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