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By on December 29, 2010, with 21 Comments

Bobby Towe took this optical illusion picture a couple of years ago and titled it Spirit of The Woods and Water. The photo surely needs no additional explaining! I noticed however, that people tend to see all sort of things anywhere around them. We get bunch of such submissions, yet only fraction of them turn out credible enough to be posted to this site. Two such examples we had, I always remember about were Machu Picchu Illusion and Praying Mother and Child. Unfortunately, both of them turned out to be digitally doctored :(

  • Andrew

    i see 3 things:
    face,<3 and 2 babies

  • ZL123

    Yeah, it’s super easy to spot the face!

  • PixelsGarden1

    That is truly an awesome photo….my new desktop. Thank you Mr. Towe, and Vurdlak.

    • Zakiezx Electrox Alifyzx

      turn the pic upside down and u’ll see the nose as PENIS and the eyes as the TESTES!!! They are genitals!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suranjani-Kar/1317999261 Suranjani Kar

    awesome just cool !!!!

  • David Bethke

    So, is this thing (?) sitting in water to make the reflection, or did the photographer stand a mirror up against it, or what?

  • a person

    it looks liike a lion…….kindof

  • SnowBerey

    I SEE A LION OR BEAR!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sammy-Salter/815273983 Sammy Salter

    you serious?
    there’s nothing wrong with digitally edited illusions, in fact you get the best “woah” moments from them
    and the mother and child is a painting, not a photo

    my point is that great illusions don’t have to flow from reality, although that can add to an illusion, and artificial illusions can be equally spectacular

  • http://www.moillusions.com zajackengalpie


  • Thunder-Rose

    Rotating the picture clockwise, (until the picture’s ‘vertical’ line becomes ‘horozonal’), On the wooded side, where the ‘eye’ appears to be, there’s either a rabbit head with VERY small ears -OR- it could represent a squirle’s head. (The little black dot is the eye of the other ‘entity’ that appears). I hope there’d be another person that sees this. Thoughts anyone? :)

  • Lizzie

    Pretty tiger :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    This is one reason I enjoy optical illusions. Anyone can see something different and still be “right”. This is one of those great photographic illusions……….

  • Jennifer

    i think i figured it out. its just a rock formation with trees behing it. the water below the rock give the reflection of a lion

  • ferret

    It’s a rock over the water sideways

  • zack

    OMG! look prperly and i see the nose as a PENIS and eyes as TESTES. they are genitals!!!!!!!

  • http://www.paulkuiper.nl/ Hilde Kuiper

    Photos my father made in the 80ts are also nice examples of this way of photgraphy.

  • Archana

    You have not posted any optical illusion since 29/12/10. Where are you? I am missing new posts.

  • Dolphin

    I like it.A very nice illusion!

  • Abi

    if you look at it sideways it kind of looks like there’s a baby elephant in it.

  • Joe

    Turn the picture 90 degrees clockwise. It’s a big rock, right next to a lake, with thick woods in the background. Pretty cool.