These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

They look like the work of a twisted science artist. Some maniac who spent hours dreaming up nightmare shapes made of ice. But no, these monstrous and lovely ice sculptures were formed by natural processes. Here are some of the most other-worldly ice formations on Earth.

Top image: the 35-foot tall St. Joseph lighthouse near Lake Michigan, photo by Tom Gill, via Amusing Planet.

Frozen Niagara Falls, 1911

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via Hoax-Slayer)

Ice-covered lampposts from the spray of Niagara Falls, 1927

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via Ontario Ministry of Government Services, photo by John Boyd)

After a storm in Winthrop, Massachusetts, 1927

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(photo by Leslie Jones, via Boston Public Library)

After an ice storm in Minnesota, 1966

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via Domeischel Gallery)

Truck covered with ice in Mount Prospect, Illinois, December 2000

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers, via Getty Images)

Ice-encrusted landscape at Lake Leman, Switzerland, 2005 and 2008

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photos by Jean-Pierre Scherrer, via sir-ray, Schwingen In Switzerland and Martial Trezzini/Keystone, via AP)

Ice covers the lighthouse of South Haven, Michigan in 2007

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via ispank.me and Tom Gill)

A place from a fairy tale in Estonia, 2008

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via English Russia)

Rocks and trees along the Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, December 2010

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by AP/Mark Duncan)

A lighthouse at the entrance to Cleveland harbor, Ohio, 2010

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by AP/Mark Duncan)

A lonely tree after storm

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via trasyy)

A child runs past a wave protection dam covered in ice as the waters of the Black Sea are frozen near the shore in Constanta, Romania, 2012

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by AP/Vadim Ghirda)

The aftermath of an ice storm in Petrozavodsk, Russia

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(via AcidCow)

Ice covers a bench, a lamp and the ground on the shore of Lake Balaton in Balatonfenyves, Hungary, March 2013

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by AP/MTI/Gyorgy Varga)

Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada (74°42' N, 95°18' W)

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(photo by Yann Arthus Bertrand, via Earth From Above)

Bonus: A Chicago Warehouse covered in ice after a fire, January 2013

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

These alien-looking ice sculptures formed all on their own

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)