As someone with a scientific background, I’ll let you in on a little known secret: the traditional Valentine’s heart shape… is not what a real heart looks like! I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock of that revelation.

No, the Valentine’s heart doesn’t look like a real heart. A real heart is significantly… lumpier. And WAY more functional.

But even if the Valentine’s heart looks pretty much exactly like a prostate rather than a real live heart, it’s still one of the universally accepted symbols of love. And today, nature is showing us some love.

Below are 35 photos that prove Mother Nature loves us. From the shape of a butterfly’s wings, to stunning rock formations, to islets in the middle of Windex-blue waters — Nature loves prostates… uh… I mean hearts.

We hope you enjoyed this collection, and if you like your Valentine’s a little steamier, check out our 50 Shades of Gray collection (NSFW) or Benjamin Von Wong’s ‘How To’ for shooting a sultry semi-nude self-portrait (SFW).