Who needs Alice In Wonderland when we have Mother Nature? As crazy as it sounds, there are too many mind-boggling things happening just outside the comfort of your home. Like, did you know that... goats have accents and owls don't have eyeballs? Nature has surely been generous with throwing its weird gifts at us to think about.
And often, you don’t need to go far to realize there’s a bunch of (mildly) interesting stuff happening right at your doorstep. From an odd tree that has a single branch of an apple tree to a frog so tiny, your fingernail looks like Everest in comparison, these are some of the most amusing examples spotted by people and shared in the Reddit community r/mildlyinteresting.
Whether it’s mildly or overwhelmingly interesting remains a subject of debate, but one cannot argue just how crazy nature can be.
A Rare Desert Bloom In The Atacama Desert In Chile
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.
This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot
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.
The Smallest Maple Tree Leaf I’ve Ever Seen
This Twisted Driftwood I Found On The Beach
Sunflower Growing Out Of The Sidewalk - Parent Patch Visible In Background
Colour Gradient Moss
A Cherry Just Grew Alone In The Middle Of My Tree
This Tree That Was Burnt In A Bushfire Continues To Live
The River By Me Flooded, Then Froze, Then The Water Receded Leaving These Hovering Ice Shelves On The Trees
This Tibetan Cherry Tree At My Local Park Looks Like Copper!
This Cabbage In My Yard Showing It’s Fall Colors
This Baby Grasshopper Army In My Friend’s Garden
This Morning I Found By Far The Smallest Frog I Have Ever Seen In My Entire Life (My Average-Sized Fingernail For Scale)
This Tree Grew Inside An Old Silo And Finally Made It To The Top!
The Parrot Waxcap Mushroom. Found Across Northern Europe
My Wife Found This Tiny Skink In Our Garden, Some Much Needed Brightness On A Grey, Smoky Day
Squirrel With A Blonde Tail
Left: A Painting From 1892, Right: The Same Spot In 2020
The Way The Condensation Formed On My Blackberry Plant This Morning
This Tree In My Neighbourhood That Has 1 Branch Of An Apple Tree And The Rest Is A Normal Tree
A Whole Colony Of Fairy Inkcaps
Every Year We Get A Single Red Rose Growing Through The Wall Of Ivy In Our Garden
Whole Other World I Found In A Beer Bottle Laying In The Woods
Snow Had Just The Right Conditions So That It Rolled Up Like A Carpet
These Bunches Of Grapes Are Growing Into A...bunch Of Grapes
I Found This Leaf That Looks Like A Weather Radar
The Patterns On This Palm Frond
My Grass Is An Inch Lower...and Got Frost. My Neighbors Did Not
3 Ears I Grew From The Same Heirloom Corn Variety
The Way These Succulents Grow In The Wall
This Bee Covered In Pollen
A Tree Inside Another Tree
I Found A Cicada With The Mcdonald’s Logo On It
These Tumbleweeds That Piled Up In Front Of My Brother's House
Note: this post originally had 90 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.