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It’s no secret that our minds often play tricks on us. Just take a look at our previous post on optical illusions that almost gave people a heart attack and browse through this list of optical illusions in everyday things that left people seriously confused.

But this time we are looking at a peculiar case of optical illusions that were created by shadows. Think of random shadows created by both inanimate and animate objects like windows, birds, trees and people.

And when you capture them at the right time in the right place (or rather, at a very random time and in a totally accidental place) you may come up with some very interesting results. Get ready to have your head spin, and be sure to upvote your favorite pics as you scroll through this list by Bored Panda!

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Shadows Cast From A Tree During An Eclipse

Shadows Cast From A Tree During An Eclipse

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    A Rare Optic Sight, The "Brocken Spectre," Occurs When A Person Stands At A Higher Altitude In The Mountains And Sees His Shadow Cast On A Cloud At A Lower Altitude

    A Rare Optic Sight, The "Brocken Spectre," Occurs When A Person Stands At A Higher Altitude In The Mountains And Sees His Shadow Cast On A Cloud At A Lower Altitude

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    Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid

    Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid

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    Previously we spoke with Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, where she researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures, who explained our never-ending fascination with optical illusions.

    According to the professor, there is something inherently pleasing about the ability to perceive an image in different ways and it’s “part of our natural aptitude for learning.”

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    The Way The Light Shines Through The Bookcase Making A Cityscape Shadow

    The Way The Light Shines Through The Bookcase Making A Cityscape Shadow

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That is so genius, I'm thinking it is done on purpose! Does anyone know where this is?

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    It doesn’t matter the source or the nature of the illusion, each one has captivated us since the dawn of time. “Whatever the source of our love for optical illusions, it’s fascinating to note that the desire to create optical illusions seems to be as old as humanity itself."

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    Historical examples of optical illusions can be found with the work of the prehistoric artists who decorated the Cave of Altima 20,000 years ago. “They used the natural bulges in the rock walls of the cave to give volume and depth to the animals they drew there; the Greek-Egyptian inventor Heron of Alexandria (10CE–70AD) engineered a device that made it look like priests could open temple doors with verbal commands; and the Airavatesvara Temple in India is covered in 800+-year-old carvings of animals that change species when viewed from different angles.”

    #7

    This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

    This Shadow From Two Different Trees In My Parking Lot

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    Shadow And Slope Makes It Look Like He’s Floating

    Shadow And Slope Makes It Look Like He’s Floating

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    Our renewed fascination with optical illusions is nothing surprising, says Lisa, because whenever people invent new creative or technical processes, they use them to create optical illusions. “Indeed, we’ve seen this throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: pioneering filmmakers like George Melies drew on vaudeville stagecraft and scratched and painted on celluloid to create the first filmic special effects; Op artists Josef Albers and Bridgette Riley manipulated geometric forms on canvas to convince the eye that unreal spatial places existed,” she explained.

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    Today, we use digital technologies that allow us to radically transform the scale and presentation of images in sometimes truly mind-blowing ways, while other times it’s nature that plays tricks on us!

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    The Shadow On The Stairs Looks Like Another Set Of Stairs

    The Shadow On The Stairs Looks Like Another Set Of Stairs

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    #11

    This Shadow That Perfectly Lined Up With The Light Pole

    This Shadow That Perfectly Lined Up With The Light Pole

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    The Horses Were Standing So Still That Their Shadows Still Have Frost

    The Horses Were Standing So Still That Their Shadows Still Have Frost

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    #13

    Spider Floating On Water Made A Unique Shadow

    Spider Floating On Water Made A Unique Shadow

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    #14

    A Long Boi With A Shadow Of A Mandog

    A Long Boi With A Shadow Of A Mandog

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    #15

    Shadow Cast By My Light Looks Like The Gingerbread Man Hanged Himself

    Shadow Cast By My Light Looks Like The Gingerbread Man Hanged Himself

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    #16

    A Tree's Shadow Stopped The Snow Underneath It From Melting

    A Tree's Shadow Stopped The Snow Underneath It From Melting

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    #17

    This Restaurant Uses Shadows To Show Men And Women Restrooms

    This Restaurant Uses Shadows To Show Men And Women Restrooms

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    #18

    Baby Deer Chilling On A Chair

    Baby Deer Chilling On A Chair

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Bambi found himself a lovely Chihuahua of a wife this is their oldest child cambi

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    The Shadow From A Rivet Makes It Look Like Sacajawea's Smoking A Blunt

    The Shadow From A Rivet Makes It Look Like Sacajawea's Smoking A Blunt

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I had to look reeeeeally close. This is too perfect!

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    #20

    The Way The Shadows Look Between My Coffee Mugs

    The Way The Shadows Look Between My Coffee Mugs

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    #21

    The Shadows From These Window Cages Create A 3D Effect

    The Shadows From These Window Cages Create A 3D Effect

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    #22

    Shadow Looks Like Painting

    Shadow Looks Like Painting

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    #23

    The Shadow Of My Chimney Makes Me Look Like Lord Farquad

    The Shadow Of My Chimney Makes Me Look Like Lord Farquad

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    #24

    Lahaina Noon In Hawaii Right Now - The Sun Passes Directly Overhead, So Anything That Isn't Top-Heavy Doesn't Cast A Shadow

    Lahaina Noon In Hawaii Right Now - The Sun Passes Directly Overhead, So Anything That Isn't Top-Heavy Doesn't Cast A Shadow

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    #26

    The Personless Shadow

    The Personless Shadow

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    2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The person right in front of the shadow, with the black shorts with green stripes, seems to be jumping. Hence the shadow not touching the ground.

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    #27

    Only 3 Spiral Ornaments And The Rest Are The Shadows They Cast

    Only 3 Spiral Ornaments And The Rest Are The Shadows They Cast

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    #28

    I Found The Shadow From My Sculpture More Interesting Than The Sculpture

    I Found The Shadow From My Sculpture More Interesting Than The Sculpture

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    #29

    I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking. The Shadow Makes It Look Like It's Floating

    I Genuinely Thought My Car Was Hovering Over The Parking. The Shadow Makes It Look Like It's Floating

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    #31

    Around 2pm Every Sunny Day, There's A 1 Shadow On My Floor

    Around 2pm Every Sunny Day, There's A 1 Shadow On My Floor

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    #32

    The Shadow Of This Decoration Piece Makes A Horror Movie Villain

    The Shadow Of This Decoration Piece Makes A Horror Movie Villain

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    #33

    The Shadows Formed On This Bench Are A Perfect Greyscale

    The Shadows Formed On This Bench Are A Perfect Greyscale

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    #34

    This Shadow From My Axis Am Allies Game

    This Shadow From My Axis Am Allies Game

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    #35

    The Clouds Shadows Make It Look Like They're Floating Islands

    The Clouds Shadows Make It Look Like They're Floating Islands

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    #36

    An Actual Full Rainbow And The Shadow Of My Plane

    An Actual Full Rainbow And The Shadow Of My Plane

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    The Shadow Left The Snow On The Roof Untouched

    The Shadow Left The Snow On The Roof Untouched

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    #39

    Shadow Cast By My Lamp Looks Like A Happy Spider With A Ball

    Shadow Cast By My Lamp Looks Like A Happy Spider With A Ball

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    #40

    Straight Ladder Has A Crooked Shadow

    Straight Ladder Has A Crooked Shadow

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    #42

    The Shadow Of My Bookshelf Looks Like A City Skyline

    The Shadow Of My Bookshelf Looks Like A City Skyline

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    #43

    This Fuel Filler Cap's Shadow Looks Like Batman

    This Fuel Filler Cap's Shadow Looks Like Batman

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    #44

    This Dog Shadow Looks Like Donald Trump

    This Dog Shadow Looks Like Donald Trump

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    #46

    The Shadow From The Bull's Head Making It Look Like It Has A Chicken's Body

    The Shadow From The Bull's Head Making It Look Like It Has A Chicken's Body

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    #47

    Changing My Friend's Car Radio When I Noticed This. The Shadow Looks Like An Alien Language

    Changing My Friend's Car Radio When I Noticed This. The Shadow Looks Like An Alien Language

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    #48

    The Shadow Of This Bench Looks Like Pixels In This Picture I Took

    The Shadow Of This Bench Looks Like Pixels In This Picture I Took

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    #49

    My Country Is So Poor It Even Has Low Quality Shadows

    My Country Is So Poor It Even Has Low Quality Shadows

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    Shadow Of The Hair On The Forehead Looks Like A Bump

    Shadow Of The Hair On The Forehead Looks Like A Bump

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    2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very very good, and when she was bad she was horrid. A nursery rhyme I knew growing up (it rhymes the way I say forehead Lol, perhaps not a rhyme depending on your accent!)

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