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An Interesting Change of Perspective

The eyes can be fooled, particularly if we see something from a perspective that we are not used to seeing it. This is an example. This might be a rather interesting mental exercise for people. It can also be quite challenging. Please look at the picture carefully before going on to the next one. 

What is it?

This is an actual image. It isn't something that has been photoshopped and it isn't something that has been done using design software or other artificial means. If you can figure out what this is, give yourself a pat on the back. If I had nothing else to go on, there is no way that I'd be able to identify what the picture is about.

I can even give a hint, and it might not help. I've shared this image before, but from a much different perspective. There just isn't enough in the picture to give an idea of what you are looking at.

Closer up

How about if we zoom in quite a bit? Do you know what you are looking at now?

My guess would be that the answer would be no. The perspective is still different than what we are normally accustomed to. There also still isn't enough to go on.

Now it makes sense

This image adds enough other details so a person can know what they were looking at. The labels also help. The little red rectangle is where the original picture was taken. Both of the other two pictures and this one were satellite images of the forest near Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. I often share pictures of Lake McDonald, taken from Mount Apgar, which is also labeled and just south of the lake.

Isn't it amazing what a change in perspective can make? Life is like that, day to day. Sometimes we see or hear something that doesn't make sense. That is a great indicator that we need to think of it from a different perspective. That is a pretty good thought for the day, don't you think?

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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    • True. That is often the case with satellite images. You can zoom in, but normally the resulting image isn’t higher in resolution, it is merely closer. The zoomed-in image in this sequence allows a person to see the trees, once they know what they are looking at, but since the resolution and angle don’t change, most people would have a hard time distinguishing what kind of trees they are looking at.

      In this instance, it is hard to tell if they are deciduous trees or conifers. Most of the trees shown are firs, but I can’t discern that from the image. I just know that they must be since that is what grows near that particular lake. Looking down at them, a person can’t even see the characteristic cone shape.

      It gives me a better appreciation for what astronomers deal with when they look at distant galaxies. Viewed from above or below, Andromeda is obviously a spiral galaxy. Viewed edge-on, it would be nothing more than a line with a bulge in the middle.

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