We use our phones to take snap photos of almost anything these days.It definitely isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great way of documenting our daily lives in a way we’ve never been able to before. Some folks have even become Instafamous for their creativity and high quality images (or for their reputation). But with so much output, it’s difficult and tedious for us to filter for more significant or interesting events.

Below you’ll find 30 photos taken throughout modern history that are far more intriguing than the last food picture you’ve seen. Included on the list are simple everyday things, such as the slow steeping of tea and more rare sights, such as a blue ice monolith in Antarctica.

#1. A shot of Rosehip tea steeping from a macro lens.