The Internet’s 10 Most Breathtaking Views of Nature

sunset at the beach near the village of Zoutelande on the coast of the province Zeeland

Written by Kirstin Harrington

Published: September 14, 2022

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There’s nothing quite as beautiful as nature. Sitting next to a serene stream, watching wild animals appear in your backyard, or flying over the mountainous landscape of the Rockies. Even with the best camera on the market, you’ll never be able to capture just how stunning planet Earth can be. Somehow, these photographers caught incredible shots of nature that will have you in awe. 

1. Reflections

Kuusamo, a Finnish town, is a true fairytale for outdoor enthusiasts and sporty travelers. The lovely, species-rich environment of Kuusamo enchants tourists with its pristine lakes, rapids, and forests. All those who value nature will find unforgettable experiences in the fells, hills, and gorges that surround the forest.

2. Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

Iceland has been an increasingly popular tourist destination over the last decade. Clearly, the surroundings in the country are absolutely stunning. There are a plethora of waterfalls that you can walk near or even explore behind! 

3. Bull Elk in Estes Park

Elk are undoubtedly the most popular and frequently seen wildlife in the area, and they are frequently referred to as Estes Park’s unofficial mascots. Elk is known by the Shawnee term wapiti, which translates to “white rump.” Many Native Americans associate elk with romance and music, and a well-known tribe tradition attributes the invention of the first flute to an elk.

4. Cotton Candy Skies 

The light travels more through the atmosphere around sunset when the sun is at a lower angle. We notice more pinks and reds in the rainbow spectra as a result of this scattering of the blue that we normally see during the day. Paired with the silhouettes of palm trees and you have one breathtaking photo. 

5. Countryside Sunrise

In the nation’s north-central region, between the Pennines and the North Sea, is Yorkshire, a historic county of England. While it has plenty of historic castles and architecture to see, nothing beats the way the sunrise looks through a countryside path in the forest. 

6. Deer in the Fog

A deer’s home range can be up to 30 kilometers long. They migrate around according to the availability of food. Excluding the Chinese water deer, all deer species have antlers. The herd in this image appears to be gearing up to star in the upcoming blockbuster adaptation of The Fog.

7. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Rainbows were thought to be a route forged by the goddess of the rainbow, Iris, connecting humanity to immortals, according to Greek and Roman mythology. Latin arcus pluvius, which translates to “rainy arch,” is where the term “Rainbow” originates.

8. Folklore

There are plenty of beautiful forests in British Columbia. Photographer Jack Hong Lee captured this melancholy photograph that shows just how isolated some people like to live. Surrounded by touring trees and mammoth mountains, this peaceful scene is something out of a folk story. 

9. Look Up

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a striking illustration of the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and charged particles from the sun. When traveling to the high northern (or southern) latitudes, it is also stunning and well worth enduring a chilly night outside. 

10. Shocking 

The abandoned Point Reyes Boat, which is stranded on a sandbar near Inverness, California, may appear to be nothing more than a sizable piece of trash scattered throughout a wetland that is otherwise protected but don’t tell that to the hordes of photographers that take advantage of its decaying beauty.

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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