Natural Phenomena Urban Legends Cracked

While the awesome power, force, and beauty that Mother Nature creates is recognized, there are certain times when we really have to double-take and ask ourselves, “ is this for real?” The Internet is a perfect place to produce such photographs. In this article, we will take a look at a few amazing photos and explore whether or not they are truth or urban legend.


This particular photo of an extremely attractive hillside appeared online in 2005. Apparently, the DesertUSA website posted this unbelievable photo that looks like someone digitally splashed a coat of color. The photo is actually real, and depicts a hillside located in Tahachapi, California. So, how did this section of the hillside become so darn colorful? A little before the photo was taken, the area received a large amount of rainfall, which encouraged the growth of these beautiful flowers. Normally, this stretch of land, which is part of a major mountain pass in the region, but in this photo, we see that orange and yellow daisies, as well as blue phacelia have bloomed. It is indeed a true photo as confirmed by the California Desert Wildflower Watch.

In 2005, photographs of a supposed sandstorm in Iraq made their way to the Internet, showcasing a similar scene to that of the action flick, The Mummy. At first glance, it looks like another wave of special effects, but guess what, this is a true occurrence. This photograph shows an actual wall of sand that is reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The photo and others on the Net depicts a true event that took place in Al Asad, as a powerful dust storm took over the western desert land of Iraq, which is close to the border of Jordan and Syria. Can you believe that no one was harmed in this event and no damage took place to any other objects or possessions?

In 2004, this cloud-related photo circulated the Internet with many claiming that it showed the “Hands of God” in the sky. The cloud formation was supposedly said to have taken place after Hurricane Charley swept through the peninsula of Florida. Many embraced the photo as a sign from God after the calm of a natural disaster, meaning everything will be “all right.” After a round of analysis, it has been dubbed a fake that was created using digital creation software. I guess this is one of the many examples of Photoshop at its best.




Since we’re on the subject of cloud formations that bare (lol) a striking resemblance to real objects, take a look at this photo. Do you think it is real? We’ve all seen some pretty interesting formations in the sky on a cloudy day. What about this one? Well, sad to say, this distinctly arranged teddy bear cloud formation is a fraud. Some have analyzed the ratio between the height and the width, deducing that the photo was not real, while others who are familiar with the French film scene concluded different. The image is actually a still frame that comes from the 2001-produced French flick, “Amelie” (the US translation). The movie also shows the title characters taking a snapshot of a perfectly formed bunny rabbit as well.