Can you figure this out?


@RubyRedDevon and @ShazzieP brought this great image to my attention – can you figure it out?



35 comments on “Can you figure this out?

  1. Anonymous says:

    It would take someone with a lot of degrees to work this one out.

  2. Ewout de Jong says:

    Yup! This man is lying downd

  3. Fotoflex says:

    That is scary! And it seems to be happening all over the world…

  4. George Munro says:

    Uprooted tree!

  5. Tony Sadar says:

    has to be the guy looking up at the sky on an uprooted tree

  6. Lazy T says:

    The sky slipped sideways and caused a sapling to grow from the poor guy’s chin.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I really don’t get it!

    • Stevie says:

      The image has been captured and rotated a quarter turn counter clockwise. The lake is the woodland background with the clouds behind. The tree that he is leaning against is in fact a tree that has been uprooted and he is lying down on it.
      A lovely photograph!

  8. Anonymous says:

    very nice!

  9. Sarah says:

    Uprooted tree with massive root bolus. Pic rotated through 180-degrees so sky becomes ‘water’. Distant trees in grey sky look like reflections on water.

  10. Duncan says:

    Once you spot the direction all the other trees are growing, it all falls into place.

  11. Jim says:

    The photo is turned 1/4 to the right, so the guy actually is lying on a turned over tree stump looking at the sky.

  12. SimonP says:

    Photoshop! Made by the same guys who faked all the moon landing photos.

  13. Karen says:

    scene from Avatar?

  14. What’s to figure out? He’s lying down on an uprooted tree.

    The only thing that’s confusing me is the caption. Why would there be a lake?

    • James Bailey says:

      Because with the orientation, most people (myself included) would think that at first. The shading for the caption actually enhances the effect by giving the illusion of a horizon. It was only when I noticed there wasn’t the requisite reflections in the “water” that things twigged (if you’ll pardon the pun) for me.

    • Huh, OK. The first thing I noticed was that there’s a “wall” of soil “behind” the tree, and all of the other trees are growing “horizontally” out of that wall. I really can’t make myself see it in any other orientation…

  15. bletherskite says:

    It’s a windblown tree on its side with the person lying along the tree trunk with their feet on the exposed root system. The ‘Lake’ is the sky behind it. Really nice composition now to read the rest of the comments.

  16. Ken Haley says:

    Yep. Just rotate the picture 90 degrees clockwise to see it correctly. Having lived through hurricane Ike, I saw a lot of uprooted trees just like this.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Its a cliff with branches sticking off the cliff. Great illusion though.

  18. L.Long says:

    Thought Photoshop then the image hit me and then LOL at my simplistic stupid at assuming Photoshop.. like it!

  19. L.Long says:

    Actually saying there is no lake sort of gives it away as the ‘reflections’ of the trees on the ‘lake’ are all wrong, which is how i saw what it was.

  20. dayuntoday says:

    I got it fairly quickly, but it’s quite cool.

  21. Neil says:

    Realized very quickly, but probably because of the no lake statement at the top. If that wasn’t there, probably would have taken longer.

  22. Peter Leeson says:

    The horizontal trees in the background tend to give it away, don’t they?

  23. tuftychain says:

    He’s standing on a cliff and the void or valley is fogged in. There may be a lake below him somewhere.

  24. michael says:


  25. michael says:

    ooops. It is a tree fallen over. Michael

  26. Patty says:

    It’s sidewalk chalk art

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