It may not look like it, but the tropical island above was made entirely of random materials – cotton (clouds), salt (sand), cooked sugar (water), tin foil (ocean floor), feathers (palm leaves) and canvas (sky) to be exact. We’ve rounded up five more mind-blowing scenes you won’t believe are optical illusions for your viewing enjoyment. Continue reading to see more.

5. Glaciers

Looks like something you’d see in Alaska or the Arctic, right? Well, this breathtaking scene was made from 25-pounds of sugar (cooked at varying temperatures), candy, salt, egg whites, corn syrup, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, blue food coloring and flour. It took three days to cook all the materials and another two weeks to build the scene.

4. Moon

Ah, the moon, something that still eludes us to this day, or at least manned missions to its dark side. This mind-blowing Apollo 11-inspired recreation boasts fireplace ash, and the darker rocks are composed of mixed tile grout. That’s not all, the Earth is a video still, projected onto a wall.

3. Twister

No, this isn’t a scene from the 1996 “Twister” movie, but rather a clever optical illusion that was made from steel wool, cotton, ground parsley, and moss. The only thing that could possibly make this even more realistic would be a tornado that actually spins, but I guess you can’t have it all.

2. Volcano

Just about everyone who gone through grade school or surfed the internet, has probably seen a volcano, but here’s one that was designed to look like an actual eruption. However, it’s really made from tile grout, cotton, and phosphorous ink. Illumination is provided by 6 x 60 watt light bulbs placed inside the volcano.

1. Nature

The great outdoors is what some people would call their true home. This image however, was designed to fool you, as it’s a mixture of many different materials, including tile grout, moss, bottle brushes (pine trees), and even patio table glass (water). The sky is basically a canvas that was painted blue.

Honorable Mention – After the Storm

Watching a sunset the day after a storm is pure bliss. This breathtaking scene Fields was created using faux fur (fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout(mountains). Plus, it uses forced perspective to give the illusion of depth and all lighting effects were created by simply shifting the white balance.