Optical Illusion

An unintentional optical illusion.  This is straight out of the camera – no editing.  Can you figure out what it is?  It was taken in Baja California, Mexico, at the site of many pictographs.
opt illusionIt taken from inside the shelter with the overhang visible at the top – viewing the cliffs across the canyon.  I find it a bit disconcerting.

Update:  it was suggested in Mom’s comment that it was also interesting upside down.  Here it is.   And it’s just as good.  Or at least, no more confusing than the right way up!
opt illusion rev

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14 Responses to Optical Illusion

  1. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for the explanation!

  2. Lorraine says:

    Cool cave art.. looks like a impressionistic sky!

  3. vera ersilia says:

    This looks like what we fabricate in dreams. It is a great photo and yes slightly disorienting.

  4. It sort of feels like that rock is about to land on my head…

  5. kathy claycomb says:

    That is absolutely wild. I was trying to make it a photo of a landscape reflected in a pool of water next to some pictographs, but it just didn’t want to be seen that way since the angles didn’t work. Thanks for the explanation!

  6. Maybe because I saw on the rock art at first, I had no problem figuring out the picture. What I’d really like is to see it in person! There are painted caves near where I’ll be living soon, but most of the time they aren’t accessible.

  7. Mom says:

    I don’t read/speak cave wall…but it was fun turning the photo upside down too…because then, it looks like a view out over a plateau…Has Nano eaten my brain?

  8. I like it best right side up. It’s stunning.

  9. dharmaanchor says:

    That is the coolest! Great shot!

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