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 4 months ago

This is so beautiful.

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#2 Playground Shadows

Playground Shadows

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Maria Gorbacheva 4 months ago

This looks like a painting!

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#3 Mt. Rainier Shadow From My Backyard

Mt. Rainier Shadow From My Backyard

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Bilguun Nasanbat 4 months ago

wow, that's cool!

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#4 This Trucks Shadow Says "Hi"

This Trucks Shadow Says "Hi"

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V 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

Now, that's enlightening!

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#17 Why Hello, Little Sundog

Why Hello, Little Sundog

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Aahzmandus Pervect 4 months 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 4 months 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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#20 The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose

The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose

SMatyac Report

Night Owl 4 months 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

aelment Report

Jenleigh 4 months ago

Looks like Chucky got electrocuted ...LOL

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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

Jodiee182 Report

Hans 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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

migraine_boy Report

Ross Carter 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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

TheMulletBurden Report

Zenozenobee 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

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#31 The Shadow Of Two Mailboxes Makes A Perfect Up Arrow

The Shadow Of Two Mailboxes Makes A Perfect Up Arrow

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Daria B 4 months ago (edited)

That's the hint to a hidden item. It shows you where you have to point and click.

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#32 Face Shadow

Face Shadow

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Little letitia 4 months ago

Haha looks like Donald trump is hiding in your shadow!

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#33 This Shadow Of A Plant Looks Like A Decal On The Vehicle

This Shadow Of A Plant Looks Like A Decal On The Vehicle

NoahM107 Report

Night Owl 4 months ago

Make it real

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#34 Apparently Eclipses Produce Insane Looking Shadows

Apparently Eclipses Produce Insane Looking Shadows

MuffburgerSandwich Report

SnowyLynx 4 months ago

So cool

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#35 The Kids Made A Cat Face With Their Shadows

The Kids Made A Cat Face With Their Shadows

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Sora Lyra 4 months ago

Creative

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#36 That Awkward Moment When The Shadow Of Thor's Hammer Makes It Look Like Stan Lee Peed His Pants

That Awkward Moment When The Shadow Of Thor's Hammer Makes It Look Like Stan Lee Peed His Pants

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Be nice to the old man. He’s in every Marvel movie

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#37 Am I High Or Is This Shadow Evolving

Am I High Or Is This Shadow Evolving

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Zenozenobee 4 months ago

I find it poetic.

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#38 Cow Shadows

Cow Shadows

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Erin Sheppard 4 months ago

anti-racism campaign photo...

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#39 The Shadow Cast By My Engagement Ring Looks Like Batman

The Shadow Cast By My Engagement Ring Looks Like Batman

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Night Owl 4 months ago

You have your own protector

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#40 My Clothes Steamer Casts A Shadow That Looks Like A Witch

My Clothes Steamer Casts A Shadow That Looks Like A Witch

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#41 Batman In Disguise

Batman In Disguise

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Symbole Simple 4 months ago

Deep down, he's always dreamed to be a cat!

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#42 My Friend Took A Picture Of Me. My Shadow Has Horses Legs

My Friend Took A Picture Of Me. My Shadow Has Horses Legs

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Night Owl 4 months ago (edited)

It's a sign you're a reincarnation of Centaurus :)

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#43 Shadows

Shadows

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Dian Ella Lillie 4 months ago

Not pregnant, pregnant, not pregnant...

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#44 I Just Noticed The Halloween Mask I Got For 1dol Leaves A Creepy Shadow

I Just Noticed The Halloween Mask I Got For 1dol Leaves A Creepy Shadow

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Wil Vanderheijden 4 months ago

Duh, Its a Halloween mask!!!!

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#45 My Bathroom Has Six Bulbs Above The Mirror, This Is My Shadow On The Opposite Wall

My Bathroom Has Six Bulbs Above The Mirror, This Is My Shadow On The Opposite Wall

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Joana 4 months ago

You have 6 tiny legs.

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#46 The Shadows Of My Blinds And My Outdoor Table Created The American Flag

The Shadows Of My Blinds And My Outdoor Table Created The American Flag

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engineer_nope.avi 4 months ago

Murica, heck yeah!

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#47 My Dog's Shadow Looks Like Yoda

My Dog's Shadow Looks Like Yoda

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Insert Yoda laugh

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#48 The Shadows Of These Soap Bubbles Are Very Colorful

The Shadows Of These Soap Bubbles Are Very Colorful

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Linda Brown 4 months ago

Cool

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#49 The Angle Of The Sun Removes The Italics On The Shadow

The Angle Of The Sun Removes The Italics On The Shadow

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A B C 4 months ago

Time for an espresso, sun.

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#50 My Friend Noticed The Shadow Of My Hair Formed A Near Perfect 55

My Friend Noticed The Shadow Of My Hair Formed A Near Perfect 55

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Bilguun Nasanbat 4 months ago

and sigma on cheek

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#51 Just A Picture Of Me And Benjamin Franklin Hanging Out

Just A Picture Of Me And Benjamin Franklin Hanging Out

RickoSicko Report

SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Some old long lost relative?

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#52 The Shadow Created From A Bathroom Stall, Someone Saw An Opportunity

The Shadow Created From A Bathroom Stall, Someone Saw An Opportunity

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Joana 4 months ago

Hahahahaha! Adorable!

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#53 Friend Of Mine Caught Everest's Shadow On The Way Down From His 3rd Summit

Friend Of Mine Caught Everest's Shadow On The Way Down From His 3rd Summit

bug_eyed_earl Report

Little letitia 4 months ago

Wow that's a magnificent view!

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#54 Windows On The Entrance Of My Apartment Creating A Smiley Face In Sunlight

Windows On The Entrance Of My Apartment Creating A Smiley Face In Sunlight

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Night Owl 4 months ago (edited)

It's instructions - when you see a smiling face when going out you know it's going to be a nice day, and when not - better stay in if you can

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#55 His Shadow Looks Like Beavis

His Shadow Looks Like Beavis

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Mama Panda 4 months ago

Heh heh I got TP for my bunghole!

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#56 The Way This Tombstone Designed Makes A Shadow Of A Man Appear

The Way This Tombstone Designed Makes A Shadow Of A Man Appear

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Wil Vanderheijden 4 months ago

It's just a shadow of a ghost. As you would expect on a graveyard.

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#57 Phone Cord Shadow Looks Like DNA

Phone Cord Shadow Looks Like DNA

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Perhaps its genetically rebuilding itself into a new model for people to love (and then realize that its just a phone cord).

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#58 The Shadow Of This Closed Flower Looks Like An Open Flower

The Shadow Of This Closed Flower Looks Like An Open Flower

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Sora Lyra 4 months ago

There is true beauty behind.

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#59 My Glasses Are Only Corrective In The Right Lens, This Was The Shadow Produced

My Glasses Are Only Corrective In The Right Lens, This Was The Shadow Produced

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

How though?

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#60 He Comes Out Of Hibernation Twice A Year, When The Sun Sets In The Southern Blue Ridge

He Comes Out Of Hibernation Twice A Year, When The Sun Sets In The Southern Blue Ridge

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Night Owl 4 months ago

I love the description

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#61 The Pattern Formed By These Tables And Their Shadows

The Pattern Formed By These Tables And Their Shadows

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Olive Ward 4 months ago

Can I get a shirt with this on it?

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#62 The Lighting On This Toilet Makes Me Feel Like I'm Peeing On The Smiling Wide Open Mouth Of My Own Shadow

The Lighting On This Toilet Makes Me Feel Like I'm Peeing On The Smiling Wide Open Mouth Of My Own Shadow

PedroFPardo Report

Night Owl 4 months ago (edited)

Eww LMAO :D

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#63 The Way This Tree Lines Up With Another Tree's Shadow

The Way This Tree Lines Up With Another Tree's Shadow

RedRedRoad Report

thepotatogirl 4 months ago

PERFECTION

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#64 Marching Elephants

Marching Elephants

Michael Poliza Report

Patricia Ross 4 months ago

I got it now. This was shot from a drone. No one climbed a giraffe.

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#65 My Day Time Stockings

My Day Time Stockings

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Patricia Ross 4 months ago

I'd buy those

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#66 This Shadow From A Condom Machine

This Shadow From A Condom Machine

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Night Owl 4 months ago

That's fitting

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#67 Sign Outside Domino's Creates A Slice Shaped Shadow

Sign Outside Domino's Creates A Slice Shaped Shadow

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Sora Lyra 4 months ago

It's a sign, you should have a slice. Hahahah

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#68 My Hotel Room Number Is Created By A Shadow

My Hotel Room Number Is Created By A Shadow

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Zenozenobee 4 months ago

This is not a surprise but the purpose of these numbers... yet I find it very class

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#69 My Boyfriend And His Dog’s Shadows Lined Up And Formed A Centaur In This Picture

My Boyfriend And His Dog’s Shadows Lined Up And Formed A Centaur In This Picture

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

And then they merge

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#70 Unmelted Snow In The Shadows

Unmelted Snow In The Shadows

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Ryo Bakura 4 months ago

The grass has veins, ergo the Earth is alive. Please stop harming the Earth.

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#71 The Way The Sunlight Hits The Frieze Below This Roof

The Way The Sunlight Hits The Frieze Below This Roof

rigoletta Report

Night Owl 4 months ago (edited)

That's beautiful. Looks like the frieze is golden

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#72 Having RGB Lights Makes My Room White And Makes The Edges Of Shadows Colourful

Having RGB Lights Makes My Room White And Makes The Edges Of Shadows Colourful

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Night Owl 4 months ago

The cat doesn't care

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#73 The Shadow Of The Waiter Putting Down A Plate Looks Like He’s Going To Murder Me

The Shadow Of The Waiter Putting Down A Plate Looks Like He’s Going To Murder Me

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SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Run!

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#74 Plane's Shadow On Fog

Plane's Shadow On Fog

Ghost_Animator Report

Elise Mon 4 months ago

cool

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#75 Our Fire Escape Casts A Pretty Shadow

Our Fire Escape Casts A Pretty Shadow

PygmyTwylyte Report

Dr. Cheri Hayes 4 months ago

It looks somewhat like a DNA model.

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#76 The Way The Shadow Moves

The Way The Shadow Moves

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thepotatogirl 4 months ago

loading... loading...

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#77 The Shadow Cast By This Candle/Glass

The Shadow Cast By This Candle/Glass

Observing_YourAntics Report

SnowyLynx 4 months ago

Sick!

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#78 This Shadow Cast Looks Like A Man Going For A Dive

This Shadow Cast Looks Like A Man Going For A Dive

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Jonathan Constant 4 months ago

Eh. It already looks like that.

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#79 This Shadow Fits Perfectly Into The Path

This Shadow Fits Perfectly Into The Path

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Cactuar Jon 4 months ago

That's quite satisfying

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#80 Shadows Of Chicago Over Frozen Lake Michigan, USA

Shadows Of Chicago Over Frozen Lake Michigan, USA

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Pollypocket81 4 months ago

This is beautiful

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#81 The Swing Arm Position Of My Lamp Is Casting A Grayscale Shadow

The Swing Arm Position Of My Lamp Is Casting A Grayscale Shadow