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By on May 28, 2011, with 27 Comments

Before we start I’d like to invite you to warmly welcome Jill Harness, our new writer to join this blog. Jill has already introduced herself in her first post, but I felt it would be proper if I did another introduction myself. Jill’s journalistic background and professional writing experience (along with her passion for art) are just the right qualities this blog needed. She’ll be helping me by adding more professionally written content, and bringing some fresh ideas to this site. I feel enthusiastic, as I believe we started making progress in right direction. Specially after my decision to professionalize Mighty Optical Illusions properties.

Illusion wise, as the Dies Irae noticed: “…anyone who sees this photograph (taken by Frans Lanting of National Geographic) thinks its photoshopped.” In reality, the tinted orange background is produced by a soaring dune shined by the morning sun – a backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park!

Camel Thorn Trees in Namibia


27 Responses
  1. Funger says:

    Isn’t this a painting?
    Is it a real photograph?

  2. spanische Gurke says:

    there is a face hidden ?!?

    I think, i see it.

  3. David says:

    very cool

  4. First of all, welcome Jill.

    What a beautiful photo! It’ a great piece of Art. It’s a great way to welcome Jill…….:)

  5. haley says:

    the backround looks like a painting but then it also looks kinda real

  6. haley says:

    it is actually really pretty and amazing. I wish I could frame it and put it in my room.

  7. Adam Merrill says:

    …wow. No matter how much I look at it, it still doesn’t look at all realy. Incredible.

  8. Dani says:

    Here’s some info on how he got the shot from the photographer’s web page:
    It seems that there is less contrast in the original; the trees are darker in this shot thus it looks more like a painting.

  9. Lani says:

    I grew up there. It is absolutely beautiful, even more so when you see it for yourself!

  10. me123987645 says:

    i didn’t even think the trees were real, never mind the background! Oh, and welcome Jill!

  11. Nightmeare says:

    This picture was taken at Wonderland…

  12. Tomas says:

    I can’t believe it. I believe you, but…wow, that’s an amazing photo.

  13. debbie says:

    beautiful and serene

  14. z2d4th says:

    I Don’t Get It!

  15. Yvonne de Novella says:

    I am in awe of your talented eye and applications, Jill! I have had an interest in photography all my life and am going to venture into digital applications in just a few days (a true novice). You are an inspiration and I will be looking to find more of your heart and soul creations in the near future.

  16. Huh? says:

    But…where’s the illusion?

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  18. Sean Loh says:

    I still can’t believe it is a photo!! Cool though…

  19. superlegion says:

    why is it called an illusion when it’s a photo of nothing that messes up your head???…oh right! the orange stuff makes you think it’s not a real pic.

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