Seeing cactuses bloom flowers is like watching aliens grow tumors

Usually when you see flowers bloom, it's a beautiful, almost hypnotic phenomenon. It's not exactly that poetic with cactuses though. Though the flowers themselves are ridiculously vibrant, the cactuses look like they've had radioactive appendages randomly glued onto their bodies. » 3/24/15 10:09am 3/24/15 10:09am

Epic aerial footage of mountain hiking reminds me of how tiny we are

Whatever you're stressing about right now, try to clear your head by watching this epic video of a mountain climber attacking the Ledge Route of Ben Nevis, Scotland. We're just a small part of this world, it stretches beyond what we can see. Winter is ending, adventures are beginning. Enjoy it! » 3/16/15 3:55pm 3/16/15 3:55pm

Seeing these people do yoga on a cliff's edge didn't relax me at all

Yoga is supposed to bring peace and spiritual balance and relaxation so obviously it makes complete sense to do it on top of cliffs and on the edge of cliffs and on really thin but really tall rocks, right? The people doing this extreme yoga look completely at ease throughout this stunt but I totally got nervous and… » 3/12/15 6:03pm 3/12/15 6:03pm

Check out the staggering size and beauty of the world's largest cave

Wow. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong in Vietnam, also known as the world's largest cave, and captured stunning footage that shows off a world that looks like no other. You get a sense of the size of the place—the biggest chamber is 3.1 miles long, 660 feet high and 490 feet wide—and you feel its beauty. » 3/11/15 7:03pm 3/11/15 7:03pm

Cuttlefish hypnotize their prey performing these trippy light shows

Wow. This is amazing. I knew cuttlefish could change their hue to blend in with the sea floor and protect themselves from predators. But I didn't know they could use that skill to create trippy light shows that put their prey into trance. » 3/06/15 9:28am 3/06/15 9:28am

Can this picture of a frog riding a beetle be real or is it fake?

Petapixel has republished a great article about fake nature photos written by a group of nature photographers who are denouncing the abuses of some of their colleagues. Here it is, reproduced in its entirety. It answers the question—can this picture of a frog riding a beetle be real—and much more. » 3/05/15 6:00pm 3/05/15 6:00pm

Watch hermit crabs form a line from biggest to smallest to trade shells

This is a clip from an episode of BBC's Life Story and it shows how orderly (and also completely chaotic) hermit crabs can be when it comes to trading homes. They all meet up in front of a shell, line themselves up from biggest to smallest and then trade shells with each other by jumping from one to the next. » 3/04/15 8:28pm 3/04/15 8:28pm

Video: The delicate art of making bonsai trees

I love this video about Ryan Neil, an American Bonsai master, because not only do I get to watch him work but I also get to hear him talk about the art of Bonsai. Neil reveals the amount of respect and consideration you need to be able to craft these beautiful pieces of art from nature. It's just lovely. » 2/20/15 8:05pm 2/20/15 8:05pm

Watch a vicious barracuda eat half of these fishermen's catch

A few days ago, these guys were fishing in Alfonse Island, in Seychelles, when a giant trevally bit the lure. As soon as they started to reel the fish in, a vicious barracuda appeared and ate half of it in just seconds, leaving the fishermen—and myself—in shock. » 2/13/15 7:23am 2/13/15 7:23am

This snake, half-viper half-spider, will haunt my dreams tonight

Meet the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a species that lives in western Iran and uses his tail in the shape of a spider as a lure to attract birds. Snakes and spiders are quite scary per se, but this animal combining both seems like a genetically-modified monster conceived by a mad scientist. » 2/12/15 8:16am 2/12/15 8:16am

Video: Beautiful bird feeds its young in glorious slow motion

Meal time! Artur Homan captured this footage of a beautiful and wildly colorful hoopoe bird feeding its young in slow motion. Shot in Poland, you can see multiple angles of the hoopoe mouth feeding the kid bird with a crunchy bug that it just swallows whole. Nature can be so gruesomely gorgeous. » 2/10/15 9:13pm 2/10/15 9:13pm

Awesome picture of a waterfall looks like the giant eye of a reptile

Wow, here's an absolutely stunning picture of a waterfall in Silver Falls, Oregon taken by photographer Jarred Decker. Only at first glance the picture doesn't even look like a shot of a waterfall. It looks more like you're peering into the soul of Godzilla. » 2/09/15 7:04pm 2/09/15 7:04pm

Watch an acorn turn into an oak in mesmerizing time lapse

Nature is never not amazing. Even the simplest things—things you've seen in 7th grade science class—are impressive to watch again and again. Like this time lapse of an acorn transforming itself into an oak seedling over a period of 8 months. One day, that little guy is going to be one helluva tree. » 2/05/15 12:30am 2/05/15 12:30am

Riding a motorcycle through Southeast Asia is the most beautiful thing

I just came back from a trip around Southeast Asia and did a (very) brief moped ride around Thailand. It was one of the coolest things I've done and it was absolutely beautiful to cruise by and see the greenery set against the backdrop of a perfectly blue sky. But after watching this video, I wish I rode more. Hell, I… » 2/03/15 1:47am 2/03/15 1:47am

Watch a man ice climb a frozen Niagara Falls for the first time ever

People have gone down the Niagara Falls (which is already nuts) but Red Bull says that ice climber Will Gadd is the first person crazy enough to go up the falls. As in he climbed a damn waterfall. The Niagara Falls was frozen over but Gadd gets impossibly close to the falls and somehow makes it to the top. » 1/29/15 11:57pm 1/29/15 11:57pm

A glow in the dark forest is a magical and trippy place

My, this is beautiful. Artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad teamed up in this projection map installation to create a 'bioluminescent forest'. The entire forest glows with light, from the mushrooms to the trees to the leaves to the grounds to the insects. The darkness is transformed into a magical place. » 12/24/14 9:36pm 12/24/14 9:36pm

Guy walking on a tight rope against a beautiful giant moon

Now this is what I call moonwalking (walking on the actual moon can be called moonwalking too). A guy strings a tight rope across two rocks and then walks on it while a giant full moon acts as his background. It looks like he can touch the Moon. So cool. » 12/17/14 11:08pm 12/17/14 11:08pm

Rare footage of massive waterspouts connecting the ocean to the sky

Tornadoes terrify me. Being sucked into the sky never to return again was a recurring childhood nightmare of mine, one that felt extremely realistic. Which is why I shiver at the sight of these massive waterspouts. I imagine myself on a boat, being lifted up by some massive force, surrounded by sharks trying to bite… » 11/26/14 12:57pm 11/26/14 12:57pm

Watching carnivorous plants eat bugs is strangely therapeutic

There is just something unexplainably awesome about carnivorous plants eating things. It's like nature's revenge mixed with some alien imagination, like if these plants were grown from a different planet. Watch these carnivorous plants grow and chomp at bugs in this wonderful time lapse. » 11/18/14 1:14am 11/18/14 1:14am

This bird sounds exactly like R2-D2

For the first seconds I thought it was just a coincidence, but this budgerigar—an Australian parakeet—really sounds exactly like R2-D2 down to every squeak, beep, and bop. Even the colors are the same. His name is Bluey and, according to his owner Carli Jeffrey, he drives them crazy with it. » 11/12/14 2:04pm 11/12/14 2:04pm