20 astonishing photos that show the force of Mother Nature

Our planet is amazing.  It keeps us alive and allows us to flourish.  But, as with all things, there's a flip side and when Mother Nature wreaks havoc, we quickly realize just how helpless and vulnerable life is.

Here are 20 astonishing photos that prove the force of nature - a heady combination of beauty, destruction and man's will to control the environment.

1. An apple orchard in Ireland, after it caught the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia

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2. Snowfall during one wintery night completely blocked this building's entrance

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3. When you live in flood zone, but refuse to be beaten by the elements!

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4. A frozen waterfall

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5. Footsteps in the Algerian desert... It looks like a tiramisu!

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6. An unretouched photo of the sky after Hurricane Ophelia had passed

7. When heavy snowfall leaves an imprint of a front door

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8. Cyclone Xavier uprooted these trees at the same time

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9. A band of snow that fell across Ohio

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10. A double rainbow - one under sunlight, the other under rainfall

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11. Strong winds and rain left this field looking like a Van Gogh painting

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12. Heavy rainfall and flooding in Ireland

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13. It may look like the dome from Stephen King's 'Under the Dome', but it's in fact a rainbow!

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14. When clouds look like whisked up egg whites!

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15.  Hurricane Matthew uprooted this tree and stripped away the lawn

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16. When it rains so hard that water starts pouring from the ceiling

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17. When a hungry tree decides to ignore a sign

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18. Wow - this looks exactly like an apple

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19. An amazing close-up of a firefly

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20. When a rainstorm settles above a town

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Have you ever managed to snap Mother Nature in action?  Please share your photos with us!