30 Perfectly Timed Nature Photos
What’s a better combination than breathtaking nature and incredible photos? Amazing nature photos often feature awkward, hilarious or unbelievable moments. Check out these 30 perfectly timed nature photos. Warning: The following images might inspire you to be camera ready at all times.
Squirrel vs. Snake
You’ve probably heard many people say, “Don’t mess with Texas.” But have you ever heard anyone say, “Don’t mess with Texas squirrels?” Bothering squirrels is a bad idea, and bothering rock squirrels from Texas is an even worse idea. Just ask this snake.
“Giving Up for the Rest of the Year”
Don’t let this bear’s silly pose fool you. Polar bears are known hunters, preying on seals, beluga whales, walruses and birds’ eggs. Guinness World Records describes polar bears as the largest land carnivores in the world. These aggressive hunters are also the world’s biggest species of bear.
The Seal of Approval
Can you always tell why someone is winking at you? Winking is a weird way humans communicate with each other. It’s tricky to understand what a strangely timed wink means. They can be interpreted as flirty, friendly, creepy or scary. Winking is really one big guessing game.
Dinner Is Served
As if seeing a shark in the ocean isn’t scary enough, imagine seeing one jump out of the water. One photographer took this insane photo of a great white shark in the throes of an attack on an unfortunate seal. The photo captures the shark’s aggression, energy and intensity in one incredible shot.
The Lemur Slides to the Left
This photo is proof that lemurs know the choreography to the electric slide better than you or me. Sounds crazy, right? But look at that excellent footwork and posture! This talented lemur focuses on making sure he hits every move.
Double Trouble Snakes
Believe it or not, the photo below does not capture a mating dance. These snakes are actually dancing to the death. Sounds weird, right? When we think of violent battles, battles between top predators or humans come to mind. However, when snakes fight, it looks like an elaborate dance.
This Squirrel Can’t Believe You Just Said That
We adore this close-up of an outdoor squirrel. You can see the details in its grey and brown fur. Look at those sharp claws! Did you even know squirrels have that many whiskers? Its little round nose is cute too. We also can’t help but love the most important part of the photo: the squirrel’s hilarious facial expression.
Bear Saying Hi
When you don’t want to be rude, you can just wave with very little effort, like this Alaska Peninsula brown bear. If the world’s largest brown bear greets you, it’s best to treasure the special moment from a very far distance — even if the brown bear appears to be relaxed, like the one in this photo.
Killer Whales Get in Formation
The killer whales in the photo seem like they’re performing a synchronized swimming routine, but really, they are looking for lunch. Killer whales often hunt for seals and penguins on ice floes. If you look at the top of the photo, the black dots on the ice floes are the penguins that the whales were looking for.
Don’t Mess With Magpies
This striking photo captures a battle between a puppy and a blue magpie in Taipei City, Taiwan. After the puppy entered the magpie’s nesting area, the brave magpie attacked it multiple times. The puppy responded by barking at the territorial bird.
Gorgeous Black Mountain Bird
Photographer Florian Biedermann snapped this photo of the exact moment a large bird landed on his hand. The image features a jet black Alpine chough, the glowing sun as it sets, and the picturesque snowy mountains in Schwende District, Switzerland. The bird’s long talons grip the photographer’s fingers.
Feeling Foxy, Will Fight Now
This photographer captured a heated moment between two foxes in Zao Fox Village, a must-visit destination in northeastern Japan. Unlike a zoo, the village allows the foxes to roam freely in the forest. Many foxes are tame enough to approach, but they’re still semi-wild.
Koala Just Waking Up
Do you sometimes wake up confused and forget where you are? This is most likely what happened to this silly koala in Australia. Koalas are known snoozers, sleeping for up to 18 hours a day, according to National Geographic. Other sources report that koalas can sleep up to 20 hours per day.
This Kid Is out of Control
While some parents say watching kids is fun, others argue that it’s a nightmare. Childcare is tough, especially when you tell them to stay in one place and they don’t listen. It’s important to remain calm because children can smell fear.
The Bear Welcoming Committee
Camping is, arguably, one of the best outdoor activities there is. Nature lovers get to experience the combination of cold air and a warm fire, wake up to a beautiful view every morning, watch the night sky glow with stars and get an up close and personal experience with wildlife.
Mysterious Cat in the Night
You can find cats in the most interesting places...like inside cardboard boxes, under beds, inside empty grocery bags, on top of the roof and even in trees. The cat in this photo is balancing itself on a tree branch while gazing at the lovely moon.
What Is This Thing?
It’s always fun to see curious animals play around with human-made objects. Dogs often stick their heads into buckets and other small holes, and cats love to destroy toilet paper. Ground squirrels are also highly curious animals that enjoy investigating anything new.
Bird Hitching a Ride on a Swimming Pig
When you’re tired, take a break, but don’t quit. The black-and-grey bird in this photo has the right idea. After a long day of flying, the bird rested without compromising on progress by catching a ride to shore on this cute pig.
Butterfly Plops on Frog
Have you ever taken a stroll outside and had a butterfly land on you? According to National Geographic, butterflies are constantly searching for a special nutrient: sodium. They land on animals, nibbling on their sweat or tears for salt. If you’re a naturally sweaty person, you’ll attract more butterflies.
Who Is That Monkey I See?
“When will my reflection show who I am inside?” Raise your hand if you have a Mulan moment from time to time — reflecting on life and relationships in the mirror. This is what we assume is the case for this small macaque monkey in Tambon Nong Chaeng, Thailand.
One day, you’re casually strolling around outside in the evening when you notice the sun disappearing behind the horizon. As daylight fades, the color of the sky transforms into a vivid pink and purple. You can’t take your eyes off of the sunset. This talented photographer perfectly captured a jaw dropping sunset glowing right in the middle of a tree. The dramatic pink clouds and the contrast of the tree’s dark silhouette make this photo even more impressive.
The Bird is Just Here for the Food
Do you sometimes go to events just for the food? Whether it's a fundraiser, a gala or an office Christmas party, we've all had the experience of going somewhere just because we're looking forward to the food. It looks like this cute chickadee has more in common with you than meets the eye.
Yoga-Loving Sea Lion
Sometimes our lives get so busy that we forget to fit a workout into our schedules. Sea lions also have packed schedules. They spend the majority of their day cuddling with other sea lions (awwww). These adorable creatures sleep up to 12 hours a day. Sea lions spend the rest of the day eating, so it’s hard to find the time to workout. But it’s not impossible.
Bison Traffic Jam
“I absolutely love getting stuck in traffic,” said no one ever. You’ve probably been stuck in traffic thanks to a car accident or during rush hour, but how many times have you been in a bison jam? At Yellowstone National Park — it happens.
Big Bear Hug Anyone?
Having a tough day? Work stress got you down? Feeling like you struck out? No matter what’s going on, sometimes we just need a big hug to cheer us up. Family therapist Virginia Satir, says, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
Whales put on a stunning show whenever they appear at the surface of the underwater world they live in. It’s hard to miss a whale that’s 52 feet long. One lucky photographer snapped this beautiful moment when a humpback whale jumped, also known as breaching. Why do whales participate in this behavior?
There’s something beautiful about births. Maybe it’s the moment we see a newborn’s tiny eyes or cute little fingers that makes us realize just how powerful and special bringing new life into the world really is. Watching an animal hatch from an egg can also be beautiful.
The photographer, Frida Bredesen, says these two jaguars are sisters who reside in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Possible reasons for their dispute: who loves each other more, who ate the last fish, who has better hair or who is the biggest beast. You know a fight is serious when a jaguar gets into another jaguar’s face and starts to raise its paw.
Reptile’s Attempt #80 for Invisibility
Animals hide all the time. Cats disappear into your closet, owls blend into trees and some creatures try to camouflage into the environment they live in. Seeing a hidden creature is startling enough, but imagine seeing this reptile directly looking at you with focused eyes.
Somewhere Over A Geyser
We love this spectacular image because photographers often have a difficult time taking pictures of rainbows. Rainbows are elusive and don’t appear as often as we may think. For most rainbows to form, sunlight needs to hit raindrops at 42 degrees relative to the viewer. However, some rainbows can also appear over fog, waterfalls or geysers.