While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.

We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let’s not pretend that it’s all sweetness and light out there!

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1 Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

#2 Seaweed In The Waves

#3 Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

#4 Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man’s Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

#5 A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

#6 The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

#7 This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning… The Store Manager Said, “Let’s Try Splashing Some Water On It,” And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

#8 Rome Yesterday

#9 Damn Nature, You Scary…

#10 My Mum’s Toilet After A Recent Flood

#11 Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

#12 Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

#13 The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

#14 My Gecko Ate His Tail

#15 This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I’ve Seen

#16 This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

#17 The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

#18 All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

#19 These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

#20 Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

#21 The Frog That Caught A Spider

#22 A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

#23 Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

#24 Acid Spitting Ants

#25 Articulated Cobra Skeleton

#26 Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

#27 A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

#28 The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

#29 Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

#30 My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

#31 Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

#32 This Snake Covered In Ticks

#33 5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

#34 These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

#35 The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

#36 A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

#37 The Lamprey Fish

#38 Take A Seat

#39 The Largest Scar You’ll Ever See

#40 Lavafall

source: boredpanda