We all know that optical illusions play mind tricks by often using very bright colors and mismatching shapes to confuse our brains which are not always capable of dealing with such a loud and unexpected picture. And there's absolutely nothing wrong to be deceived by such eye tricks once in a while, in fact, if you like looking at the optical illusion pictures, chances are that you have better visual problem-solving skills.

However, there are the classical illusion pictures, and then there are shadows. Have you ever thought what happens when a shadow gets tired of following around the same people and objects all the time and goes rogue? It turns out that shadows can produce some incredible optical illusions, and turn up in the most unexpected places and forms. And what's even more curious, that the shadow, depending on the Sun's position in our skies, might create the optical illusion just for minutes or sometimes seconds. In other words, to catch a shadow creating an illusion is quite a chance of luck.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of all the times that shadows refused to do as they were told, and took on a life of their own. Scroll down below to check the mirages caught in the form of shadow pictures for yourself!

#1

Tree's Shadow

Tree's Shadow

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Sora Lyra 1 year ago

This is so beautiful.

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#2

Playground Shadows

Playground Shadows

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Dian Ella Lillie 1 year ago

The scientist in me says "the sun is at an altitude of approximately 45°." The æsthete in me says "purdy..." :-)

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#3

Mt. Rainier Shadow From My Backyard

Mt. Rainier Shadow From My Backyard

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Aahzmandus Pervect 1 year ago

Cool backyard!

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#4

This Trucks Shadow Says "Hi"

This Trucks Shadow Says "Hi"

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V 1 year ago

I hope u said Hello

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#5

The Sun Melted The Snow Everywhere Except Where The Bikes' Shadows Were

The Sun Melted The Snow Everywhere Except Where The Bikes' Shadows Were

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Steelz 1 year ago

More like a 3D printing

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#6

Not Everybody Is What They Seem

Not Everybody Is What They Seem

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

"Everybody wants to be a rat, because a rat's the only rat who knows where it's at."

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#7

Shadows Of Leaves From A Tree During A Solar Eclipse

Shadows Of Leaves From A Tree During A Solar Eclipse

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Dian Ella Lillie 1 year ago

Oh, the tree's behaviing like a camera obscura! I'd wet myself if I saw this in real life!!

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#8

This Spiders Reflection In A Pool

This Spiders Reflection In A Pool

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

I love far better the reflexion than the real model.... And I changed my mind about go swiming finally.

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#9

Cheerful Shadow

Cheerful Shadow

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Lol, this shadow has a humour as dark as itself

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#10

Found The Eye Of Sauron While Wine Tasting

Found The Eye Of Sauron While Wine Tasting

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Dian Ella Lillie 1 year ago

OK, I'm drinking a red at mid-day this weekend!

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#11

The Shadow Of My Plane Formed A Rainbow Around It

The Shadow Of My Plane Formed A Rainbow Around It

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Adrian Abraham 1 year ago

That's called a "Glory" and it's quite are.

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#12

The Reflection Of Kitchen Appliances Looks Like People In A Park

The Reflection Of Kitchen Appliances Looks Like People In A Park

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Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Best knife holder ever.

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#13

Shadow Gives Impression Of Infinite Staircase

Shadow Gives Impression Of Infinite Staircase

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Symbole Simple 1 year ago

Is it just me, or this staircase is completely useless?

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#14

This Cat Food Bag's Shadow Looks Like A Cat

This Cat Food Bag's Shadow Looks Like A Cat

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Symbole Simple 1 year ago

Had it been a dog food bag, the shadow would have looked like a dog. Duh!

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#15

Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid

Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid

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SnowyLynx 1 year ago

This is so pretty! Love the plaid!

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#16

Who Never Thought About This?

Who Never Thought About This?

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Symbole Simple 1 year ago

Now, that's enlightening!

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#17

Why Hello, Little Sundog

Why Hello, Little Sundog

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Aahzmandus Pervect 1 year ago

This explains the majority of "ghost" photos.

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#18

Sitting On The Couch With A Headache And An Ice Pack On My Head When My Girlfriend Tells Me Not To Move

Sitting On The Couch With A Headache And An Ice Pack On My Head When My Girlfriend Tells Me Not To Move

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Oops, not the most flattering. resemblance. I hope the headache is gone ;)

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#19

Proposed To My Girlfriend And Realized There Is A Heart In Our Shadows

Proposed To My Girlfriend And Realized There Is A Heart In Our Shadows

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Night Owl 1 year ago

Take it as a sign

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#20

The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose

The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose

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Night Owl 1 year ago

Wow, that's beautiful. Now I want to have a glass like that.

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#21

This Einstein Poster Casts A Sinister Shadow

This Einstein Poster Casts A Sinister Shadow

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Pepper 1 year ago

I feel likes these are all some good ol peter pan shit and i love it

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#22

My Friend's Golf Team Photo Had Some Unfortunate Shadows

My Friend's Golf Team Photo Had Some Unfortunate Shadows

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Hans 1 year ago

Bladder problems society annual convention. This year meeting at a golf resort.

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#23

These Fishnet Stockings Made From The Table’s Shadow

These Fishnet Stockings Made From The Table’s Shadow

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

After Nike's bum bag sandals, fishnet stockings with flip flop is the next year trend

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#24

When Your Life Is A Mess But You Can Still Keep Up Appearances

When Your Life Is A Mess But You Can Still Keep Up Appearances

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Jean van der Merwe 1 year ago

Love the caption!

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#25

I'm Sure This Shadow Became Self-Aware

I'm Sure This Shadow Became Self-Aware

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Ross Carter 1 year ago

"I took it because of the shadow officer, honestly!"

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#26

Untangled Wire, Looped Shadow

Untangled Wire, Looped Shadow

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Symbole Simple 1 year ago

It's fustrating enough to untangle a cord, how do you go and untagle a cord's shadow !!?

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#27

The Shadow On His Shirt Makes It Look Like The Guy In The Back Is Badly Photoshopped Into The Picture

The Shadow On His Shirt Makes It Look Like The Guy In The Back Is Badly Photoshopped Into The Picture

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VM Hiraii 1 year ago

And there was a mad robotic shark.

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#28

Cool Sticker Shadow Effect I Saw This Morning

Cool Sticker Shadow Effect I Saw This Morning

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Zenozenobee 1 year ago

The shadow looks far better than the sticker itself.

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#29

My Shoe Lace Shadow Looks Like A Man Climbing A Mountain

My Shoe Lace Shadow Looks Like A Man Climbing A Mountain

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Mama Panda 1 year ago

Just do it

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#30

The Shadow From This Glass Bowl Is Beautiful

The Shadow From This Glass Bowl Is Beautiful

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Peter Anka 1 year ago

YESSS! but almost 400 bucks for a bowl is a huge NOPE!

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