30 People Share Surprising Shadow Illusions That Made Them Look Twice

When nature creates its own artwork, not even our greatest artists can win against it. Since people are so fond of optical illusion art, nature also has its way to create stunning optical illusions with shadows. It uses everything and everyone under the sun to project shadow optical illusions that create fascinating visual phenomena. Optical illusion is a common feature in various forms of art such as painting, sculpture, and architecture.

There’s something about deceptive or misleading images that people find so engrossing. We’ve seen a lot of optical illusions art but wait till you see nature’s version of it. Depending on the sun’s position, all the things around us may cast surprising shadow optical illusions that can make us look twice.

This Tree’s Shadow


Playground Shadows

But unlike man-made optical illusion artworks that are perennial, these shadow optical illusions only last for minutes and even seconds. Witnessing something or someone cast an unexpected shadow is just a matter of luck. Thankfully, these people were able to capture these rare instances in photos to share it to the world. As it turned out, shadows can indeed make breathtaking works of art that are both artistic and confusing.


“Mt. Rainier Shadow From My Backyard”


This Truck Wants To Say “Hi”


“The Sun Melted The Snow Everywhere Except Where The Bikes’ Shadows Were”

We’re giving you this list of the most surprising shadow optical illusions to trick your eyes. Is nature creating these shadows to send us a message? Or is it just too bored that it decided to play tricks on us just for fun? Take a look at these mind-boggling photos and find the answer for yourself.


“Not Everybody Is What They Seem”


“Shadows Of Leaves From A Tree During A Solar Eclipse”


This Spider’s Reflection In A Pool


“Found The Eye Of Sauron While Wine Tasting”


“The Shadow Of My Plane Formed A Rainbow Around It”


“The Reflection Of Kitchen Appliances Looks Like People In A Park”


“Shadow Gives Impression Of Infinite Staircase”


“This Cat Food Bag’s Shadow Looks Like A Cat”


“Even The Shadows In Scotland Are Plaid”


“Who Never Thought About This?”


“Why Hello, Little Sundog”


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


“The Shadow Of This Juice Glass Looks Like A Rose”


“This Einstein Poster Casts A Sinister Shadow”


“My Friend’s Golf Team Photo Had Some Unfortunate Shadows”


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


“I’m Sure This Shadow Became Self-Aware”


“Untangled Wire, Looped Shadow”


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


“My Shoe Lace Shadow Looks Like A Man Climbing A Mountain”


“The Shadow From This Glass Bowl Is Beautiful”