16 weird and wonderful photos of nature

Nature is packed with surprising and fascinating creations, and the following selection is just the tip of the iceberg!

Natural phenomena, flora and fauna provide an infinite source of beauty and complexity. Unless we are a specialist or an expert, many of these may leave us scratching our heads...

Here are 16 photos of some awesome natural wonders.

1. Calceolaria uniflora, a flower that could be straight out of a Sc-Fi movie

© Butterfly voyages/Wikimedia Commons, © CC BY-SA 3.0

2. Impatiens Bequaertii and its "dancing" flower

© GiftU4Studio/Etsy.com

3. Senecio peregrinus, which has dolphin-shaped leaves

© artschool_wannabe/reddit

4. Mushrooms that look like marine sponges

© Gone333/reddit

5. When clouds look like a tornado heading your way

© thenaturalstate/reddit

6. A feline eclipse

© New-Baby5471/reddit

7. A stone or a car part?

© HackerBill/reddit

8. The color of this mollusc!

© momomomomomomo_accou/reddit

9. Enhanced by a setting sun

10. A ballet dancer orchid

© Areafin tawfiq/Wikimedia Commons, © CC BY-SA 4.0

11. A blue Argus butterfly, commonly found in Europe

© 420-vaporizing/reddit

12. A lake in Australia that looks like the tree of life

13. The power of crashing waves

© FujifootXT2/reddit

14. A Psychotria elata puckers up for a kiss

© When on Earth/Wikimedia Commons, © CC BY-SA 4.0

15. An orchid that looks like a flying duck

© Crispybird1/reddit

16. The Eternal Flame Falls in NY

© justinL66/reddit