Sometimes when you look at a picture, you can clearly tell that it’s been photoshopped (even when it’s done well). These pictures definitely look like they’ve been photoshopped, but they haven’t.
Welcome to North Korea, where folks seemingly huddle in their own respective groupings before sitting down at a function. This picture was taken by RIA Novosti photo correspondent Ilya Pitalev at the 100th anniversary celebration of the birth of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung.
The glowing squid of Japan
Breathtaking, isn’t it? Almost too good to be real, but it 100% is. They’re called Hotara Ika Firefly Squid. If you’d like to see this spectacle for yourself, you’ll need to head to the Sea of Japan – They’re there from March through June and come to the surface at night to search for prey.
This picture is cringe city, but it’s absolutely legit. Photographer Mark Hamblin captured this creepy crawly image at the Abernathy Forest of Scotland. I’ve just added it to the list of places I never want to visit.
This poor, dead whale
It’s something that we almost never see so you might think it’s fake, but this photo of a dead whale washed up on the beach is absolutely real. It looks like this is a blue whale; the species can grow to be up to 100 feet long and can weigh up to 200 tons. making this both a starling and stunning picture.
This horse taking a swim
It’s not something you see every day (or probably ever from this angle), but this is what it looks like when a horse goes for a swim.The picture was taken by exceptionally talented photographer Enric Adrian Gener, who’s based out of Sydney, Australia.
This breathtaking display of hot vs cold
Okay, this one definitely looks like some sort of photoshop effect, right? It does, but it’s not – This is what happens when you throw hot water around in the bitter Antarctic air. Basically, what happens is that the boiling water essentially evaporates and becomes snow, which is what you’re seeing here.
This underwater sculpture
This sculpture was created in 2007 by Jason de Caires Taylor and you can find it in the first underwater sculpture park in existence. Each one of those people is a life sized cast taken of children from different backgrounds. At first, people assumed that the piece was supposed to represent the slave trade, but Taylor clarified that that wasn’t his intent.
You’re absolutely seeing that right – This is a picture of a flock of flamingos in the shape of a flamingo. It was taken by Robert B. Haas in the Gulf of Mexico right as the flock was shifting shape. Sadly they don’t hang out like this all the time, this is just the result of being in the right place at the right time.
This eerie scene
This stunning photo is actually rooted in devastation. It’s of a temple and was taken after Mount Ontake erupted in September 2014. The photographer has captured a temple that’s been completely coated in ash. The eruption was unanticipated and ended up taking the lives of more than 50 people; it was Japan’s deadliest volcanic eruption since WWII.
This field of blue
The photographer of this image, Hiroki Kondo, calls this landscape “the blue universe”. What you’re looking at here is about 4.5 million wildflowers that bloom from late April through early May at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan. This type of wildflower originates in California and is called baby blue eyes if you’re interested in picking some up at your local garden center.
This remarkable display of nature
It looks like something out of your worst nightmares, but it’s actually a reminder of how incredibly powerful nature can be. Have you ever wondered what it looks like when a volcano erupts? Well, now you know. Sigurdur Stefnisson captured this image in 2010.
This staircase that seems to go on forever
Looks like someone has just photoshopped a staircase near the beach for the lulz, but this is actually an installation by sculptor David McCracken. The piece is titled “Diminish and Ascend” and is located in Australia. Since the staircase decreases in size as it goes higher, your brain is tricked into thinking that it goes on forever.
This watery scene
Daredevil photographer Clark Little spends his life taking pictures of the things that few people will ever actually be lucky enough to witness in real life. Here, he’s managed to capture the exact moment of waves breaking at the shore by getting right inside of them.
What’s the most unreal photo you’ve ever taken?