For one, we love nature, and you can already tell how much we hate that we are into the 2nd half of 2020 and traveling is still pretty much restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But this does not stop us from letting our minds wander into another part of reality.
Are you ready for some mind-blowing optical illusions found in Nature? Add that to your list of travel destinations the next time.
1. Deadvlei, Namibia
This is definitely not a figment of Salvador Dali’s imagination. Giving life to this surrealist illusion is Deadvlei, which you can find right inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia, South Africa. The contrast between the pitch-black trees against the bleached-white pans, with the rusty-red dunes and the deep blue sky will result in an illusion of one’s dreamy illusion.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
If you do not know, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia, South Africa. The Salar stretches on for miles into an endless horizon. When it rains or when lakes overflow over covering it in a thin layer of water, it will transform into a giant reflective surface which makes for the best optical illusion nature can ever provide. Here, you will understand the true meaning of death and perspective.
3. The Moon illusion
Nature works in mysterious ways that even photoshop cannot explain. The moon illusion is one of the popular phenomena when it comes to optical illusions. According to Maurice Hershenson, professor of psychology at Brandeis University – “When the moon is near the horizon, the ground and horizon make the moon appear relatively close. Because the moon is changing its apparent position in depth while the light stimulus remains constant, the brain's size-distance mechanism changes its perceived size and makes the moon appear very large.”
Is that an a-ha moment we just saw?
4. UFO clouds
If you thought you saw UFOs up in the sky, look again. These are actually lenticular clouds that create a saucer-like appearance when warm air moves over a mountain or a range of mountains and the air on the downwind side of the mountain remains cool.
5. Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius
Underwater waterfalls do exist but this isn’t one of them. The shoreline of Mauritius creates an impactful illusion of an underwater waterfall, with the sand being pushed off an underwater shelf called the Mascarene Plateau.