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20 Stunning Nature Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

20 Stunning Nature Photos That Will Leave You Speechless

Maybe you have seen dramatic photos of natural phenomena that leave you breathless, amazed or even frightened. They can be anything from freak weather to astronomical mysteries or weird rock formations and landscapes.

Here are my top 20 favorite stunning nature photos of all time.

1. Danxia, China

Danxia

    Colorful sandstone and minerals deposited over millions of years give us the incredibly varied landscape in this stunning nature photo. Wind and rain have sculpted the rocks into valleys, gulleys, and rolling hillsides.

    2. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

    Bondi icebergs NSW

      Stormy weather meant that there were not many swimmers around at the famous Bondi Icebergs swimming club at Bondi Beach when this photo was taken.

      3. Mammatus clouds

      Mammaryclouds

        These clouds are known as mammary clouds, due to their resemblance to cows’ udders. They are rare because they form in sinking air. Most clouds are made in rising air.

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        4. Bioluminescent waves

        bioluminiscentwaves

          These waves glow at night because the water is full of phytoplankton, which is luminous and gives off a weird blue light.

          5. Light pillars over Ruka ski slopes, Finland

          lightpillars

            These pillars are formed by the reflection of ice crystals in the moonlight.

            6. Volcanic lightning, Iceland

            volcanic lightning

              A spectacular show is caused by the volcanic eruption which tosses positively charged debris into the air, which is full of negative charges. The result is lightning. It is rare to see these two phenomena present together.

              7. Fire rainbows over Albuquerque, New Mexico

              firerainbows

                This is a fairly rare phenomenon. The sun must be 58 degrees above the horizon when there are some cirrus clouds which contain ice crystals.

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                8. Aurora, Lapland

                auroras

                  These strange colorful effects occur when particles from a solar flare are released. They then penetrate the earth’s magnetic field, colliding with atoms in the atmosphere. These bursts of light and color are the result of the collisions.

                  9. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

                  Giant'scauseway

                    About 65 million years ago, there was intense volcanic activity in this area. In the cooling process, perpendicular basalt blocks and a pavement-like structure were created.

                    10. Waterspouts

                    waterspouts

                      These are tornados that form over the water’s surface.

                      11. Hessdalen lights, Norway

                      Hessdalen lights

                        An unexplained phenomenon and loved by UFO enthusiasts! The most likely explanation is that air turns to plasma and produces these effects. There are copper-rich rocks on one side of the valley and iron-rich strata on the other side.

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                        12. Storms at Catatumbo, Venezuela

                        Catatumbo

                          It’s no surprise to learn that the storms here are so frequent that they are known as the everlasting storm. They happen on average once every two days and can last as long as 10 hours each. The lightning displays are unbelievable.

                          13. The Gateway to Hell, Darvaze, Turkmenistan

                          Gatewaytohell

                            This all happened by chance. Gas drillers had an accident in 1971 which caused a crater to open up. It then caught fire because of the released gas and it has been burning ever since. But that’s nothing compared to a similar flame which has been burning in Iraq for 4,000 years and is even mentioned in the Old Testament!

                            14. Steam vents in Hevrir, Iceland

                            steamtowers

                              The Hevrir area in Iceland is geothermally active and releases vast quantities of steam and gas, often forming towers.

                              15. Pororoca tidal wave, River Amazon

                              Pororoca

                                The longest tidal wave in the world! Fancy a bit of surfing on this tidal wave which can travel up to 500 miles along the Amazon? One Brazilian surfer actually managed to surf it for about 8 miles. It took him 37 minutes. This wave only happens every six months when the Atlantic tides reach as far as the mouth of the River Amazon.

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                                16. Starling murmurations over Gretna, Scotland

                                murmurations

                                  These huge flocks of starlings fly in beautiful and fascinating formations, usually at twilight in winter. A superb example of teamwork and co-ordination, without any GPS devices!

                                  17. Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile

                                  Floweringdesert

                                    A barren landscape regenerated by infrequent heavy rains which have transformed long dormant seeds and bulbs into a beautiful garden.

                                    18. Dragon blood trees, Socotra, Yemen

                                    Socotra

                                      These rare, umbrella-shaped dragon blood trees get their name from their dark red resin. Socotra has unique flora and fauna, a third of which are found nowhere else on the planet!

                                      19. Frozen methane bubbles, Alberta, Canada

                                      methanebubbles

                                        These methane bubbles are found in Abraham Lake. If they melt, just don’t light a match nearby.

                                        20. Asperatus clouds, Lofoten Islands, Norway

                                        Asperatus
                                          ©Ragnhild M Hansen http://www.viewbug.com/photo/11072531

                                          You might be forgiven for thinking this is a Van Gogh painting, but it is not—it’s the last of our stunning nature photos! These asperatus clouds are new guys on the block. They are so mysterious that they were only classified for the first time in 2009.

                                          Featured photo credit: Jiroj Amaralikit via ink361.com

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                                          Last Updated on October 23, 2019

                                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                          50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                          If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                          That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into fifty key points.

                                          Here’re 50 habits of highly successful people you should learn:

                                          1. Believe It to See It

                                          Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                          2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                          While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                          3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                          Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                          4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                          Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                          5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                          There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                          6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                          It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                          7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                          Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                          8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                          Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                          9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                          Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                          10. Be in It to Win It

                                          Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                          11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                          People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                          12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                          Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                          13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                          You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                          14. Be a One-Off Original

                                          Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                          15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                          Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                          16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                          Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                          17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                          Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                          18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                          We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                          19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                          Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                          20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                          Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                          21. Make Your Own Luck

                                          In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                          22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                          While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                          23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                          Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                          24. Champion in Communication

                                          Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                          25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                          Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                          26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                          To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                          27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                          While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                          28. Live by Core Values

                                          Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                          29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                          Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                          30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                          Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                          31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                          Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                          32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                          Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                          33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                          Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                          34. Change Opens New Doors

                                          People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                          35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                          It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                          36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                          Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                          37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                          When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                          38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                          How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                          39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                          If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                          40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                          Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                          41. Swim Against the Tide

                                          Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                          42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                          More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                          43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                          Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                          44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                          While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                          45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                          Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                          46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                          Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                          47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                          While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                          48. Follow Through

                                          Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                          49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                          We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                          50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                          To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                          So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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