Photographic Collection of Natural Phenomena


Here I am with this mind wobbling collection of Nature’s Phenomena. It is a rare collection with the brief introduction to that phenomenon. I personally think this is one of my best works at Designzzz. Many of these pictures can be a great as wallpapers, so do consider making them your background image.

For past few weeks, our new writers have bagged quite a lot of praises. This might be a good thing for Designzzz but I was sure getting jealous… So I also decided take a break from all those resources and make an inspirational post.

All the images are linked back to the sources and to view them in a larger size, just click them.

Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre, also called Brocken Bow or Mountain Spectre is a kind of rainbow. The “spectre” is made when the sun shines from behind a photographer who is standing on a mountain, looking down from a ridge or the peak and into mist or fog. In almost every photo, you see a magnified shadow of the observer. The phenomenon can appear on any misty mountainside or cloud bank, or even from a plane. Harz Mountains in Germany are the playground for this natural extravaganza this place is the origin for the word “Brocken Spectre”. In german, it is called Brockengespenst.

brocken spectre, also called brocken bow

rainbow circle nature phenomena

nature specticle from plane

round rainbow a natural specticle at harz mountains

brocken spectre at sea, a natural phenomenon

natural phenomenon rainbow

Aurora Borealis

Also known as the Northern Ligths, is considered one of the most mesmerizing natural spectacles of all. The name of roman goddess of dawn Aurora and greek word Boreas meaning wind, are the origins for this term. This is a blazing shining light in the sky, mostly seen in the night times in the Arctic and Antarctic polar circles, this fact also gives them the name of Polar Lights. Like eclipse, in old days this phenomenon also had many myths connected to it, such as Dance of the Spirits. Auroras are caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth’s magnetic field. More than 90% of the world has never seen this, if you have, brag about it!

Aurora Borealis a natural phenomenon

Aurora Borealis a nature phenomena

Red and Green Aurora Borealis a natural spectacle

Aurora Borealis wallpapers by nasa

rays of aurora borealis

red panoramic photo of aurora borealis

photo of northern lights taken by nasa

To learn how to photograph aurora borealis, Click Here

Gravity Waves

In fluid dynamics, gravity waves are waves generated in a fluid medium or at the interface between two media (e.g., the atmosphere and the ocean) which has the restoring force of gravity or buoyancy.

When a fluid element is displaced on an interface or internally to a region with a different density, gravity tries to restore the parcel toward equilibrium resulting in an oscillation about the equilibrium state or wave orbit. Gravity waves on an air–sea interface are called surface gravity waves or surface waves while internal gravity waves are called internal waves. Wind-generated waves on the water surface are examples of gravity waves, and tsunamis and ocean tides are others.

Description Courtesy Wikipedia

cloud gravity wave the natural phenomenon

gravity wave of clouds, a nature phenomena

a gravity in the ocean breaking the water

Gravity Wave on the Surface

Red Tides

More often known as Algal Bloom, happens when marine or fresh water algae rapidly accumulates in the water columns. As a result the water surface is decolorized. It is usually found in coastal areas only. Red Tides are also caused by dinoflagellates

Algal Bloom a natural spacticle

red tides a natural phenomenon

algal bloom on the beach

Various Algal Bloom Pictures

Cappuccino Coast

I heard truth is stranger than fiction. Dead Right…! This phenomenon is a perfect example to prove this quote correct. After every few decades, at the coast of Sydney, this happens. The whole beach becomes a gigantic cup of cappuccino.  Last time it happened was in 2007. See this news article at Daily Mail for more details, this also is the source for the following pictures.

ocean is a cup of coffee

cappuccino shore

Cappucino Coast

Fire Rainbow

The correct name is circumhorizontal arc. This actually is an ice halo formed by platter shaped crystals of ice up above in the sky. The colors are formed through the same procedure as in common rainbows.

A rainbow with a difference

Wallpaper of a natural phenomenon

nature wallpaper

Circumhorizontal Arc

Best for the Last

The current accepted names are circumhorizon arc or lower symmetric 46° plate arc.[1] The complete halo is a huge, multi-coloured band running parallel to the horizon with its center beneath the sun. The distance below the sun is twice as far as the common 22-degree halo. Red is the uppermost colour. Often, when the halo forming cloud is small or patchy, only fragments of the arc are seen.

The correct name is circumhorizontal arc. This actually is an ice halo formed by platter shaped crystals of ice up above in the sky. The colors are formed through the same procedure as in common rainbows.

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  1. Ayaz Malik January 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Fantastic Collection Tayyab!

  2. Jesica January 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

    AWESOME! Collection. It makes me chills my body. I am fan of natural phenomena. For several years I have tried to get an Aurora Borealis. I have not had any success so far. Some of these pictures look like from movies. One of the gravity waves picture reminds me to the Independence day movie. I must go to Sydney to see this cappuccino effect. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kristeen January 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tayyab January 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I’m glad you liked it Jesica!
    Actually you can confirm that these pictures are not tempered or taken from movies by visiting their sources. Just click on the image, it will take you to the source.
    And Yes! I’m also wishing had I been there in Sydney when this cappuccino effect occurred.

  5. mike January 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Lovely pictures, a treat for the eyes and brain.

    But… as you may not be a native speaker of English, I thought you might like to know that there is no such word as “phenomenons”. The plural of “phenomenon” is “phenomena”.

  6. Tayyab January 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm


    Thanks being so lenient and kind on me. Actually I did it purposely, I thought this title would grab a lot more traffic from SE (other than Google) compared to “Nature’s Phenomena”. It was a hideous mistake and I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t worry it won’t happen again, and I apologize to all my readers.

  7. satish January 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

    very awesome collection keep it up
    look to see more

  8. abhishek January 25, 2011 at 6:17 am

    REally REally nice collection….

    Thanks stumble for sharin it!!

  9. LucyKnarnia January 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    wow, amazing pics, fantastic, extraordinary. thanks.

  10. LucyKnarnia January 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

    extraordinary, amazing pics, beautiful.

  11. Tayyab February 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm


    Thanks for repeated appreciations, and accept my repeated thanks.

  12. sander June 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    nice collection, love it !

    1. Tayyab June 20, 2011 at 5:45 am

      Thanks Sanders!

  13. Anthony Souls June 19, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Interesting collection, I have always liked the northern lights 🙂

  14. nyocarono June 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    It’s Amazing and Phenomenal, Nicee

  15. ifunanaya July 20, 2011 at 4:05 am

    it is awesome to behold the wonder of God”s creation. wwooooooooooooooo, is amazing

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