October 29, 2020

35 Times People Spotted ‘Mildly Interesting’ Things In Nature That Are Actually Quite Fascinating

Even though Mother Nature can be rather terrifying at times, it still never ceases to amaze us with the things it has to offer. It truly is a gift that keeps on given and it seems like you can stumble upon something unique every time you go for a walk in the forest.

Reddit users are sharing some of the most interesting things they’ve spotted out in nature to the r/mildlyinteresting subreddit, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be just as amazed as they were. From trees that look like they have copper trunks to flowers that look like galaxies, check out the most fascinating things people spotted in nature in the gallery below!

#1 A Rare Desert Bloom In The Atacama Desert In Chile

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#2 My New Petunia Looks Like A Galaxy

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#3 This Icy Bird Umbrella

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Remember the days when you were a kid playing in the back yard, never ready to come home for dinner? It’s because spending time in nature was an adventure most of us were already ready to take on. From finding odd colorful bugs hiding in the greenery to catching your first fish in the neighbor’s pond, these were the moments full of excitement that you may still carry to this day.

But these days, Americans are spending less and less time outdoors. A 2019 Outdoor Foundation study showed that nearly half of the US population doesn’t participate in any outdoor recreation at all, and only 17.9 percent got out at least once a week in 2018. As a result, there have been one billion fewer hikes, climbs, rides, and outdoor excursions than a decade ago.

#4 Albino Deer I Spotted Walking Into Work Last Week

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#5 Mt. Fuji Today – Rare Lenticular Cloud

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#6 This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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A similar Yale study from 2017 suggested that the lure of technology and places people work, live, and go to school “do not encourage contact with the natural world,” and “myriad competing priorities and activities push experiences in nature to the side.”

“In particular,” the report said, “older adults were concerned that younger generations are overly reliant on electronic media, unaware of how the natural world works, and unacquainted with the simple enjoyment of being outdoors.”

Here at Bored Panda, we hope that showing the little wonders nature can bring us will bring back everyone’s interest in going outdoors and spending some time in the sunshine. Not only does it help to boost your immune system, lift your mood, and make you more active, it also gives you the sense of curiosity we all had in childhood and lost somewhere in our hectic schedules.

#7 The Smallest Maple Tree Leaf I’ve Ever Seen

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#8 Colour Gradient Moss

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#9 This Twisted Driftwood I Found On The Beach

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#10 Vietnamese Mossy Frog

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#11 Sunflower Growing Out Of The Sidewalk – Parent Patch Visible In Background

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#12 This Red Only Rainbow I Saw At Midnight In Finland

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#13 A Cherry Just Grew Alone In The Middle Of My Tree

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#14 This Baby Grasshopper Army In My Friend’s Garden

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#15 This Tibetan Cherry Tree At My Local Park Looks Like Copper!

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#16 The River By Me Flooded, Then Froze, Then The Water Receded Leaving These Hovering Ice Shelves On The Trees

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#17 This Tree That Was Burnt In A Bushfire Continues To Live

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#18 This Sorry Sap Of A Rock Formation

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#19 The Parrot Waxcap Mushroom. Found Across Northern Europe

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#20 This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life (My Average-Sized Fingernail For Scale)

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#21 Squirrel With A Blonde Tail

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#22 This Cabbage In My Yard Showing It’s Fall Colors

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#23 A Whole Colony Of Fairy Inkcaps

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#24 My Grass Is An Inch Lower…and Got Frost. My Neighbors Did Not

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#25 This Tree In My Neighbourhood That Has 1 Branch Of An Apple Tree And The Rest Is A Normal Tree

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#26 The New Growth On This Fir Tree

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#27 This Tree Grew Inside An Old Silo And Finally Made It To The Top!

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#28 Left: A Painting From 1892, Right: The Same Spot In 2020

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#29 This Geyser Right Before It Blows

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#30 My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day

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#31 Beautiful Elephant Hawk Moth Found In My Garden, UK

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#32 The Way The Condensation Formed On My Blackberry Plant This Morning

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#33 Snow Had Just The Right Conditions So That It Rolled Up Like A Carpet

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#34 These Bunches Of Grapes Are Growing Into A…bunch Of Grapes

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#35 Every Year We Get A Single Red Rose Growing Through The Wall Of Ivy In Our Garden

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