20 spooky photos that were captured in the desert
Deserts are intimidating for many reasons. First, there’s the heat (at least in most places). Then there is the freezing cold at night. But there is also the fact that there is so much unknown about desert landscapes. Because even though scientists know a ton about what lives and lurks there, it’s impossible to find out all the details.
From creepy creatures that inhabit deserts around the world, to unexplained imagery to the potential of alien sightings, to people intentionally trying to scare others away, there is so much frightening. Of course, there are also a lot of things that are just plain weird, even if it’s just our minds playing tricks on us.
That said, be careful when looking at these 20 spooky photos of deserts from around the world. You might want to rethink your next road trip.
20 Skeletons rule the Atacama Desert
Even the Redditor who shared this image was a bit freaked out. They noted that the snapshot was from the Atacama Desert in South America, but offered no context. Imagine stumbling across this sad and spooky scenario while hiking in the desert!
19 Are Desert Bears a Thing?
This poor bear has seen better days, but one wonders how he got there. It could be a posed shot, but something tells us this bear struggled in the wilderness. He doesn’t look like he’s posing for a pretty roadside photoshoot.
18 The sand eats the cities of the United Arab Emirates
This ghost town of Al Madam in the United Arab Emirates was once a “little hamlet,” according to The Times of India, but nowadays it’s swallowed up by sand. The cool thing is that Al Madam is only about 60 km from Dubai. Want to go on an adventure?
17 Cemeteries are pretty scary …
Grafton Cemetery in Grafton, Utah provides a stark contrast to the vivid blue sky and picturesque desert backdrops. Judging by the age of these tombstones, it’s been a while, although it looks like someone is dealing with it …
16 The ghost town of Kolmanskop has a fascinating history …
The town of Kolmanskop is in the Namib Desert which was abandoned in 1954 after the diamond mines “dried up”. Everyone who lived there is gone – and all that remains are decrepit houses full of sand, says National Geographic, which often draw photographers to their depths.
15 But the remains are strange
Kolmanskop’s Nat Geo shots are cool, right? Sand seeping into homes makes an excellent photographic capture. But the tub on this sand dune is just strange. Have people fled? Why did no one demolish the houses or try to preserve them? So many questions!
14 The Namib Desert is home to spooky buried trees
Okay, doesn’t anyone else see scary skeleton-like hands sticking out of the sand? No? Just me? Good then. Of course, the Namib Desert doesn’t just offer buried trees that appear to have survived an apocalypse.
13 Something is hiding in the Namib Desert
According to the Daily Mail, the snake you can (barely) see here is a Peringuey viper. It is a poisonous snake native to the Namib Desert in Africa. I don’t even want to imagine sneaking up on this guy by accident … Fortunately, they mostly eat little critters … But be careful anyway.
12 Is the âartâ of Santorini … interpretive?
I wouldn’t want to drive or walk past these “art” works in the desert. But in Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, an adventurer stumbled upon them. They wrote on Busy.org that they were struck by how out of place the stuff seemed, and we have to agree that it’s downright weird.
11 Area 51 is scary for other reasons
As Reuters reported, and memes fans already know, the US base in the Nevada desert holds many secrets. In addition to the reported alien tests and sightings, military tests are also underway hereâ¦ And that’s a bit disturbing in itself.
ten Abandoned domes need an explanation
These abandoned domes are very scary, but the story might help relax you a bit. Atlas Obscura explains that the domes, which are in Arizona, United States, were originally intended to be a computer manufacturing plant, but that was never finished.
9 Big Bend National Park features weird buildings
In Big Bend Park, Texas, there are strange abandoned buildings looming over the landscape. What is strange is that people can visit this national park, so it is not off limits like other desert attractions. Which makes you wonder why they no longer use the buildings …
8 Boron Air Force station has a patchy history
The Boron Air Force Station began as an Air Force station, Wikipedia explains. But later it was converted to a federal prison in 1975. It remained open and functional as a prison until 2000. But now it is rotting in the ground in an ultra-frightening way.
7 Boat bones rust in the middle of the desert in Uzbekistan
The Patriot Ledger reported that these rusty boats are in Uzbekistan in the Moynaq ship cemetery. Long ago it was a fishing port by the Aral Sea (a lake) – but now there is no water left. The sad part is that the water has been diverted for irrigation, so this damage is caused by man.
6 Mad Max Tribute doesn’t stop for dust storms
The Mirror reported that during Burning Man, a group of Mad Max fans gathered for a party in the desert. But when a dust storm erupted, the party didn’t end. The result? A strange photo story of the same that almost looks like a snowstorm.
5 Someone bring Pixar here, Stat
This abandoned airfield in California reminds us of an animated film for children gone wrong. These gaping planes and the carnage around them trip us up, and the lighting doesn’t help either. It must be so uncomfortable to visit this place.
4 Yucca man is the stuff of nightmares
A bit like a Yeti or a Big Foot, Yucca Man is a great tale that comes from California. And it’s not just a tree in the shape of a man. Long readings explains that the tale looks a lot like a Sasquatch, and that reported sightings have been reported since the 1970s. Uh … We’re going to stay home, thank you.
3 A desolate highway house has vibrations
And no happy atmosphere either. This photo, which comes from a California desert, documents the ghost town of Ballarat, writes Last Adventurer. There is no longer a town and it was once a supply center for the mines in the region. It has been withering away since the last of the residents (except a guard) left in 1917.
2 Namibia takes the cake for goosebumps
As if snakes and skeleton trees weren’t enough, Namibia is also home to some weirdly fantastic scenery. For example, this strange tree fossil that looks like part of a giant skeleton. Far.
1 Iran’s concrete wastelands scare us
In the dry and dusty plains of Iran, there is a concrete desert with no people. There is just something unsettling about the buildings intended to house empty and crumbling families and thriving businesses.
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