What is it? This fascinating picture is not an illusion. It is an actual photograph of a familiar subject.  Can you see it?

Hint added Jan 22:

Correctly rotated image:

19 Responses to “:)”

  1. erjika Says:

    Dude…. I totally can’t see it. At first I thought it was a gorilla looking at a bird. x_X Now it looks like a garden gnome with a car tire for a back… X_x I give up.

  2. ed media Says:

    Is it the western surface of the moon as seen from orbit on a balmy summer’s evening with a glass of wine in one hand and who knows what in the other?

  3. Neil Says:

    I just see a tree and a bird on the right. Probably in snow but I can’t make out the left. Well, unless the tree is just weird folds in the paper :)

  4. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    I added a correctly rotated image. That should make it easier to identify the subject of the photo.

  5. Dave Cook Says:

    Och aye the noo! Aht’s a coo!

  6. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    Hint #2: the subject of the photo is looking staight at the camera.

  7. melen Says:

    Hehe, mahvelous tricky-pic. I know what it is! But I shan’t give it away. ^^

  8. Justine Says:

    I see a cow.

  9. Andrew Shaw Says:

    It’s a cow or a sheep or some such. (Saw it after zooming in 2 times, whereupon the pixelization overcame the image noise).

  10. erjika Says:

    Argh. Jeez. I kept thinking the ears were actually eyes… o.O *massages brain*

  11. Seb Says:

    Well, I still don’t see it.

  12. Seb Says:

    OK ! now I see it. It’s really strange how it suddenly jumps at you. Have fun in the rest of the perception class.

  13. hao2lian Says:

    Doing a negative on the image seems to make it easier. Cow and flying elephant?

  14. miahz Says:

    wow. it’s weird how you can’t “un-see” it.

  15. Jan! Says:

    Is it a dog, upside down (and the rotated one: rotated 90 degrees to the left)?

  16. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    No. It’s a cow, looking straight at you. I think you can only see the cow’s head.

  17. Jan! Says:

    I was blind, but now I see. Damn, nice one!

    After the dog, I was convinced that it was a crocodile: the snout was a leg, as was the cow’s right eye (left on the picture), and the cow’s back was also the croc’s back, with the stripes and all that. But then it was still rotated left.

  18. jenett.radio Says:

    2-word wonders…

  19. A Welsh View Says:

    What Is It?

    Can you work out what it is? Hint: The picture may not be the correct way up. [via Jesse Ruderman]