Take A Closer Look... Magnificent Photos Capture The Awe And Wonder Of Our Planet

By Sophia Maddox | October 5, 2023

The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.

Planet Earth is a truly remarkable and diverse place. We often take the power of Mother Nature for granted, but if you look closer you'll see that even your back yard can be full of wonder and unexpected beauty. In this collection of photographs, you will come to appreciate the strange places, unique geographic features, bizarre plants, and weird manmade structures that help to make the world a place of wonder and mystery.

Make sure you take your time with each picture as there is way more than meets the eye! Just be warned, with the majority of these images the photographer captured way more than expected. Rest assured however, everything you're about to see is unedited and real.

Are you ready to see for yourself?

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This is the giant stone face of Chief Crazy Horse, one of the only complete parts of the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. Located not too far from Mt. Rushmore, the mountain monument is a privately funded project that was commissioned by Henry Standing Bear, an elder in the Lakota tribe, to honor a Native American hero. This was not in response to the carving of four U.S. presidents on the face of Mt. Rushmore. Work on the Crazy Horse Memorial has been going on since 1948 and the statue is far from complete. When it is done, however, it will be the second tallest statue in the world. 

When a Graffiti Artist Sees a Sea Stone

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Don’t be afraid to go in the water at Palolem Beach in South Goa, India. The shark you see won’t attack you. This frighteningly realistic painted rock jutting from the ocean is the masterpiece of American graffiti artist Jimmy Swift. An avid traveler, Swift has visited more than 90 countries on his travels and tried to create a lasting piece of art everywhere he goes. When he first visited Palolem Beach, he was inspired by the shape of this stone. It reminded him of one of his favorite movies, Jaws. With spray paint in hand, Swift turned the pointed rock into a great white shark. It is now a popular destination and selfie spot. Don’t try this at home … Swift was granted permission to legally engage in his graffiti art.