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Spectacular lightning storm at Lewis Smith Lake near Jasper, Alabama • photo: Kevin Beasley on 500px

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The Moeraki Boulders are a big attraction, found on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s coast. The huge, gray, spherical stones formed in sediment on the sea floor 60 million years ago and were revealed by shoreline erosion. The boulders, some of which stand alone and some in clusters, can weigh several tons and measure 10 feet across.

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Lightning Strike. First, researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville captured this powerful photograph at right by firing a grounded wire into a cloud during a thunderstorm. You can see that the charge followed the wire straight down into the base tower, with other channels of electricity forming to its right.

Every year for a few days in the month of February, the sun’s angle is such, that it lights up Horsetail Falls in Yosemite, as if it were on fire.