looking down on the top of an old, rotting post

The Witch and the Troll

The texture here would be worth looking at for a little while even without those two curious figures, but of course they give you more to ponder. (“If that’s the troll’s ear to the right, then that thing on top is what? Or does he just have stiff, upright hair like a troll doll that someone put in ponytails?” Not to mention, the all-important, “what in the world happened to the witch’s body? Or is she just telecommuting via a column of smoke?”)

When I shot this, I saw no figures in it. It just looked like an interesting pattern worth capturing.

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What the camera saw:
the witch and the troll, as shot

Now, of course, I can’t NOT see those two silhouettes.

And yet, later, when I walked all along the railing, looking for them (so that I could take the bystander photo), I passed right by them. I was walking on the wrong side, but thought I would have no problem recognizing them upside down. I did.
the witch and the troll, as shot, upsidedown

What a bystander would see:
the witch and the troll, bystander photoThat short fence post in the middle to the left of the light post is the one.

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