If you suddenly feel like being drawn to nature more than ever before, you’re not alone. This new research from the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation charity, revealed huge public support, 4 in 5 people to be exact, for putting nature at the heart of coronavirus recovery plans for the government.

I mean, surviving the public health crisis made us all reevaluate our life choices, values and intentions. One of which became an almost universal realization that we need more self-care, more human connection, and more of Mother Nature.

So for anyone craving greenery, animals, and soul-soothing gifts of nature, we have this amazing compilation of pictures inspired by the r/MildlyInteresting subreddit. From an unbelievable desert bloom and frozen windscreen that looks like an award-winning shot of Everest glacier to incredible flowers and weird-shaped fruits, these are the curiosities of nature people have spotted and had little choice but to share them with others.

Scroll down to upvote your favorite ones and be sure to check out our previous posts with mildly interesting quirks of nature here and here.

#1

Frost Pattern On A Car This Morning

Frost Pattern On A Car This Morning

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

WOW, looks like a rug pattern

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#2

The Way My Windscreen Froze

The Way My Windscreen Froze

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Dhukath
Community Member
5 months ago

People in a boat, on a lake, with the frozen landscape behind!

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#3

I Saw The End Of The Rainbow Today

I Saw The End Of The Rainbow Today

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Manjula Sridhar
Community Member
5 months ago

Did you dig to look for pot of gold ?:-)

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To find out more about the wonders of nature, Bored Panda reached out to David Taberner, a nature photographer and English teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. You can check out his website “Decent Nature Photography” full of David’s mesmerizing shots of nature.

Taberner said that nature photography is the most recent iteration of nature-based hobbies for him. “My spare time has always been spent in nature in one way or another: from childhood walks through the woods to long-distance backpacking in my early 20s to daily dog walks around local conservation land in my adult life. I've always liked to take pictures with my phone, but it wasn't until my partner generously gave me a DSLR for Christmas that the world of photography opened up for me.”

#4

Yo These Vines In My Neighborhood Look Like An Elephant

Yo These Vines In My Neighborhood Look Like An Elephant

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Braineating Spleen
Community Member
5 months ago

At night he comes to live and goes on adventures

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#5

The Petals Of This Camellia Flower

The Petals Of This Camellia Flower

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

There is a FB page dedicated to the designs found in nature. This would make a great addition

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#6

My Aunts Cat Has The Word No Circled In His Fur Pattern

My Aunts Cat Has The Word No Circled In His Fur Pattern

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, that settles it then, the answer is always NO

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The photographer also said that he hopes to one day use his photography to encourage conservation. “I often wonder to what degree sharing my images online harms rather than helps. Instagram pages like mine are full of beautiful images of wild animals and unspoiled landscapes, which may lead the viewer to imagine that all is well in the natural world. The truth is, things are far from okay; every day more habitat is lost to development and more carbon is emitted,” he explained. Taberner also said that the trick for him right now is “figuring out how to not perpetuate the illusion that all is well, but instead be an ally to the natural world.”

#7

This Cat That Lives At The Parking Lot At My Job Has Extra Toes

This Cat That Lives At The Parking Lot At My Job Has Extra Toes

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful polydactyl cat. Thumbs up ;)

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#8

5 Day Old Hedgehogs

5 Day Old Hedgehogs

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Maisha Mir
Community Member
5 months ago

hedgeballs...c-jpeg.jpg hedgeballs3_2048x2048-61bafa3694b3c-jpeg.jpg

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#9

This Stray Cat In Our Neighborhood Has A Perfect White Mustache

This Stray Cat In Our Neighborhood Has A Perfect White Mustache

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

TNR rescue group has been here - good!

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When asked what it is about nature that makes it such a magical place like no other, Taberner said that it's hard to express in words. He explained: “Waking up early and walking down a trail, away from the cars & concrete that I'm normally surrounded by, feels like a return or a homecoming. When I'm in the woods, I try to shut off the chatter in my brain and instead turn outward. I suppose it's a sort of meditation: what can I see, hear, smell, and feel? Focusing on my senses makes me feel more connected to the forest, is good for my mental health, and is extremely helpful from a photography standpoint, both in terms of finding compositions and noticing wildlife.”

“I don't think there's a doubt that people have grown distant from nature. Our alienation from nature is best illustrated by the very term ‘nature,’” Taberner told us. “We conceive of nature as something other than ourselves, a place that we can visit from time to time, but not something that we are part of or live in.”

#10

This Geode Looks Like A Ocean Waves On The Beach

This Geode Looks Like A Ocean Waves On The Beach

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YoyoSthlm
Community Member
5 months ago

And a flying saucer

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#11

My Rhododendron Looks Like It's Trying To Run Off

My Rhododendron Looks Like It's Trying To Run Off

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ElenaK
Community Member
5 months ago

Rundodendron!

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#12

I Saw Some Ants Carrying A Glove Up A Lamp

I Saw Some Ants Carrying A Glove Up A Lamp

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Scientists are studying why ants are attracted to some plastics that do not contain food or other nutrients

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The nature photographer believes that just getting people out into nature is not as simple as it sounds. “Even among nature lovers, there seems to be a disconnect between our appreciation of nature and the often thoughtless consumption that is an everyday part of American life, including my own,” he added.

Taberner believes that although he spends so much of his time admiring the natural world, he also knows that he participates in the destruction of it with almost every purchase he makes. “The fact is, our economic system is based on the exploitation of people and the natural world. Until we transition to a sustainable, just economy, our disconnect from nature—regardless of what you or I do as individuals—will simply be baked into our way of life,” he commented.

#13

My Cat Has One Little Curly Whisker

My Cat Has One Little Curly Whisker

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Artsy Bookworm
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww How adorable😍😍😍

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#14

The Inside Of This Tree Looks Like A Fish

The Inside Of This Tree Looks Like A Fish

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william mcgloin
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5 months ago

The outside of that fish looks like a tree

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#15

Our New Kitty Has 24 Toes

Our New Kitty Has 24 Toes

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

24 toe beans sittin on my cat la la

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For those who’re wondering, the day of the nature photographer starts, as Taberner says, “painfully early” since animals are typically most active at dawn. “I wake up painfully early to get to a location where I'll have a good chance of seeing wildlife. A lot of effort and patience goes into this type of photography, from planning to scouting to trail cams to sitting in a blind for hours at a time waiting for an animal to show up.”

#16

This Bumble Bee Lined Up Perfectly With The Stitches On My Shoe

This Bumble Bee Lined Up Perfectly With The Stitches On My Shoe

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Jody Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

...which is probably why he's -ahem- vigorously admiring your shoe...

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#17

My Grandad Showing Off His Gigantic Homegrown Cabbage

My Grandad Showing Off His Gigantic Homegrown Cabbage

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ElenaK
Community Member
5 months ago

More like,A gigantic cabbage showing of your Grandad.

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#18

I Was Taking A Panorama Picture Of A Tree In Georgia And It Started Raining Halfway Through

I Was Taking A Panorama Picture Of A Tree In Georgia And It Started Raining Halfway Through

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
5 months ago

How lucky!

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When asked about his favorite memory of taking pictures in nature, Taberner recounted: “One day I went for a walk with my partner at a location where I had spent several early mornings looking for wildlife without any luck. I assumed that we wouldn't see any wildlife because it was midday, but within twenty minutes, we witnessed a family of otters eating fish on the bank of the pond and a porcupine bumbling down the trail, totally unbothered by our presence.”

It was a special moment for Taberner that’s hard to forget. “I felt so humbled like the natural world was playing a joke on me, almost as if it was laughingly saying, ‘sorry, did you think you knew something about how I work?’ I also loved that my partner was able to share in the wonder and excitement that I feel when I see animals, wild and free, in their natural habitat,” he concluded in an interview.

#19

The Way The Light Hits This Spiderweb Makes It Look Like A Cd-Rom

The Way The Light Hits This Spiderweb Makes It Look Like A Cd-Rom

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
5 months ago

What kind of music they listen to?

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#20

The Variety Of Colors In The Eggs My Friend’s Chickens Laid

The Variety Of Colors In The Eggs My Friend’s Chickens Laid

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Bron
Community Member
5 months ago

Different coloured chickens lay different coloured eggs. My egg cartons look like that (including the green/blue ones) and various sizes because I have a wide variety of chooks.

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#21

This Rainbow Vine Started Growing In My Backyard

This Rainbow Vine Started Growing In My Backyard

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

Aaw LGBTQ plant. The best.

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#22

This Tomato Looks Like A Rubber Duckie

This Tomato Looks Like A Rubber Duckie

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Jody Brown
Community Member
5 months ago

duckato

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#23

Red Corn From Georgia

Red Corn From Georgia

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Daria Z
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow it looks like a pomegranate :0 I wonder how it tastes.

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#24

The Beautiful Tail On This Lizard I Saw

The Beautiful Tail On This Lizard I Saw

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Not-very-graceful
Community Member
5 months ago

beautiful lizard too!

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#25

Our Cookout In Gatlinburg, Tn Was Interrupted By A Bear Who Sat Just Like A Human At The Picnic Table While He Finished Off Our Food

Our Cookout In Gatlinburg, Tn Was Interrupted By A Bear Who Sat Just Like A Human At The Picnic Table While He Finished Off Our Food

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Yogi Bear, is that you?

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#26

Believe This Might Be A Lightning Strike On A Concrete Sidewalk

Believe This Might Be A Lightning Strike On A Concrete Sidewalk

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Karen Grace
Community Member
5 months ago

That is a Lichtenberg figure so yeah, most likely a lightning strike.

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#27

Tiny Octopus I Found Inside A Seashell!

Tiny Octopus I Found Inside A Seashell!

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Joanna Werman
Community Member
5 months ago

You have excellent awareness skills. They have excellent camouflage skills

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#28

The Ghost Deer That Patrols Our Neck Of The Woods

The Ghost Deer That Patrols Our Neck Of The Woods

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Mimi La Souris
Community Member
5 months ago

the god of deer is among us

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#29

The World's Most Dangerous Plant!

The World's Most Dangerous Plant!

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RK Barbo
Community Member
5 months ago

Of course it's from Australia

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#30

This Tree I Found Grows Into Itself

This Tree I Found Grows Into Itself

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
5 months ago

An ent playing "I'm a little teapot"

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#31

I Made A Bird Friend Yesterday

I Made A Bird Friend Yesterday

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Hermit Thrush, adorable

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#32

This Swirly Dandelion I Found

This Swirly Dandelion I Found

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S
Community Member
5 months ago

MUST BE THE LATHT ONE OF THE THEASON

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#33

Perfectly Round Rock I Found At The Beach

Perfectly Round Rock I Found At The Beach

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Starlee87
Community Member
5 months ago

Save that and put it in a basket

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#34

The Gradient This Clump Of Blueberries Makes

The Gradient This Clump Of Blueberries Makes

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

So pretty and delicious

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#35

This Rock Looks Like A Decapitated Dragon's Head

This Rock Looks Like A Decapitated Dragon's Head

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Ylva Edqvist
Community Member
5 months ago

Perhaps it is…

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#36

I Found Glacier Water So Clear You Can Barely See It

I Found Glacier Water So Clear You Can Barely See It

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ElenaK
Community Member
5 months ago

Ahhh this is how most beaches are in Greece! Crystal clear water!

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#37

This Big Ass Leaf. Wife For Scale

This Big Ass Leaf. Wife For Scale

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Caro Caro
Community Member
5 months ago

At first I read ... wife for sale. I had to blink and read again.

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#38

A Salt Crystal I Grew At Home

A Salt Crystal I Grew At Home

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mulk
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you grow it?

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#39

Found This Fossil Today

Found This Fossil Today

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John Baker
Community Member
5 months ago

Elrathia kingii. One of the most common trilobite fossils, but not usually this nicely preserved. Great find.

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#40

My Grandfather Had A Red-Headed Woodpecker Land On His Leg

My Grandfather Had A Red-Headed Woodpecker Land On His Leg

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
5 months ago

He didnt happen to be a woodenlegged pirate by any chance..? :D

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#41

Found This ‘Veiled Lady’ Mushroom On A Hike This Morning Near Seoul, South Korea

Found This ‘Veiled Lady’ Mushroom On A Hike This Morning Near Seoul, South Korea

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
5 months ago

Something tells me that picking this mushroom could result in supernatural vengeance

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#42

My Driveway Tomato Doing Well

My Driveway Tomato Doing Well

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Scagsy
Community Member
5 months ago

I've planted tomatoes, cultivated them with love and great care, watering every day under perfect conditions and NOT ONE of them has come out as happy and fruitful as this one IN A DRIVE. Hmph. I've been happier.

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#43

Excessive Rain Resulted In Huge Blueberries

Excessive Rain Resulted In Huge Blueberries

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
5 months ago

One per pancake should be enough

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#44

Neighbors Tree Was Struck By Lightning, It Now Blooms In Different Stages

Neighbors Tree Was Struck By Lightning, It Now Blooms In Different Stages

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Purple light
Community Member
5 months ago

This not caused by lightning, it's got a graft that is the wrong type of tree. Happens often with this kind of yrees. Basically it is just two types of trees in one, created by humans on accident or on purpose.

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#45

I Found A Bunch Of Rocks On A Beach And Organized Them By Color

I Found A Bunch Of Rocks On A Beach And Organized Them By Color

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Ariel Piwko
Community Member
5 months ago

when internet goes down

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#46

This Weird Lemon That Grew On Our Lemon Tree

This Weird Lemon That Grew On Our Lemon Tree

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Gandalf the Pink
Community Member
5 months ago

Trying something different in life

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#47

Went To See A Volcano That Is Only A Couple Of Kilometres Away From My Home. This Volcano Has Been Erupting For The Past Months In Iceland

Went To See A Volcano That Is Only A Couple Of Kilometres Away From My Home. This Volcano Has Been Erupting For The Past Months In Iceland

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Daria Z
Community Member
5 months ago

It's my dream to see an eruption one day and live.

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#48

These Large Pumpkins I Saw On The Freeway

These Large Pumpkins I Saw On The Freeway

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
5 months ago

The one on the right looks a bit squashed

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#49

My Son Was Born With A Black Spot Of Hair In His Blonde Hair. It Grows In Black, And There Is No Birth Mark Or Discoloration Under It

My Son Was Born With A Black Spot Of Hair In His Blonde Hair. It Grows In Black, And There Is No Birth Mark Or Discoloration Under It

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
5 months ago

My father has the same . He has dark brown hair and blond spot

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#50

The Sand In Tahoe Is Magnetic And Stuck To My Phone

The Sand In Tahoe Is Magnetic And Stuck To My Phone

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Mazer
Community Member
5 months ago

Tahoe, has several types of iron oxides plus pyrite, and magnetite in its sand — all of which will be attracted to the magnets on the back of an iPhone. Technically the iPhones magnets attracted the minute metals in the sand not visa versa. Still neat. I lived on the Westshore, Tahoe is truly a magical place

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