Photos That Look Fake, But They’re 100% Real
1 A Walk In The Clouds
Nature really can be awe-inspiring and this pic makes it look like a man is taking a walk in the clouds. Yet he didn’t ascend to the heavens.
This is a photograph of the world’s largest salt flat in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The reflection of the sky on the water is spectacular.
2 Surreal Scene
At first glance, this building in Paris looks like it could be a painting by the surreal artist Salvador Dalí. It’s hard to believe that it’s an actual photo.
It’s a building covered with an abstract tarp while under construction. This one messed with us a bit.
3 Frozen Lake
This frozen lake looks like someone Photoshopped it because it’s hard to believe water could create those shapes in real life. This is an actual photo of a lake in Switzerland.
The water must have been moving when it froze to make the ice look like broken glass. It makes for dramatic scenery.
4 Spirited Away
This perfectly timed photo is breathtaking. What looks like a peacock’s soul leaving its body is actually a white peacock leaping into the air over another peacock.
This is one of those photographs that make you look twice. We love how thought-provoking it is.
5 Tiny Planes
This mesmerizing pic looks like tiny planes trapped in droplets of water. It’s actually a reflection of a flying plane in raindrops.
They seem like little protons carrying aircraft. This is such a cool capture.
6 Rainbow In A Waterfall
There are moments in nature that take your breath away and this photograph is one of them. A rainbow formed at the bottom of a waterfall and the result was beautiful.
This image has our imagination running wild. It looks like a portal to another world.
7 Giant Sinkhole
This sinkhole looks like some sort of 3D chalk art on the pavement. You can be assured, it’s very real.
The scary sinkhole appeared in 2010 in Guatemala City. It was 60 feet wide and 200 feet deep. The people in the surrounding buildings totally used up all their good luck when they didn’t slip into the abyss.
8 UFO Cloud
If you believe in extraterrestrial life, then you probably see a UFO hovering in this photograph. Don’t worry, that man isn’t about to be abducted.
This is a phenomenon known as a lenticular cloud. These amazing clouds look just like an alien spacecraft.
9 Jacob’s Well
It may look like these kids are in danger by jumping into shallow water, but they’re leaping into a 12 foot opening to a cave. The site is in Wimberly, Texas, and is known as Jacob’s Well.
According to the website, the deepest part of the cavern system goes to a depth of 140 feet, and the main cavern length is 4,341 feet. It’s a dangerous spot, though. 8 people have lost their lives exploring the underwater caves.
10 Frying Pan Sculpture
Your eyes are not deceiving you. That little girl really is walking on a huge frying pan on the beach. It’s actually an art installation created by Australian artist, Andrew Hankin.
The installation is on Sydney Beach and is called “We’re Frying Out There”. Hankin created the frying pan to remind people to put on sunscreen.
11 Face In The Clouds
Sometimes the clouds come together to form all kinds of curious shapes in the sky. An impending storm descended on this neighborhood right at sunset to create a face in the sky.
That is one scary-looking cloud. We feel like it’s judging us.
12 Glowing Tree Trunk
This isn’t the scene from a magical forest where the tree trunks glow. An artist placed yellow leaves around the roots of the tree to create this effect.
Although, we like the idea of an enchanted forest better. Let’s pretend like fairies did this.
13 Sea Foam Blanket
This adorable pic looks like a baby turtle is getting cozy under a blanket. In actuality, it’s a perfectly timed photo of sea foam washing ashore.
We love the notion of the ocean sheltering a baby turtle. It seems like an ideal little pocket for that guy.
14 Inverted Icicles
This image of inverted icicles looks like nature flipped itself upside down. No, the world isn’t going topsy-turvy.
Someone just turned a drainage pit grate over to discover these icicles. It looks pretty cool if you ask us.
15 Trees After A Chemical Spill
This mind-blowing photo of trees is not altered. It’s the work of a photographer Palíndromo Mészáros who took a series of photographs documenting the damage left behind after a 2010 toxic aluminum spill in Hungary.
It totally looks like someone stitched the trees together. Beauty can come from tragedy.
16 New York In The Fall
New York in the fall is a captivating sight to behold. It’s unbelievable to think that this is an unedited photograph of Central Park across from the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
We love the juxtaposition of the trees with the buildings. It’s man vs. nature in photo form.
17 Cracked Earth
Is there anything more dazzling than the Northern Lights? A photographer captured a reflection of the aurora borealis in a puddle and the results were otherworldly.
It looks like a crack appeared on the earth and exposed a mysterious world below. Does anybody else think this looks like the cover of a Steven King novel?
18 Owl In The Coffee
What a shock this would be! Imagine if you went to drink your morning coffee and discovered an owl in your mug.
This isn’t the act of a wizard. An artist dropped two Fruit Loops into their coffee and snapped the pic at just the right time to create an owl’s face.
19 Woman Cut In Half
Did you ever think you’d see a woman cut in half on the runway? It’s just an optical illusion, as the structure of the gown can be clearly seen from a different angle.
Magic meets haute couture! They totally had us fooled.
20 Water For Elephants
What sort of sorcery is this photograph of a person tossing water in the shape of an elephant? That’s truly remarkable.
This is one photo that seems too good to be true. It’s not photoshopped, though.
21 Tallest Tram
One quick glance and this looks like the tallest trolley car in the world. We had to do a double-take to see that it’s actually not a 15-foot tall tram.
This is another perfectly timed photo of a trolley driving in front of a building.
22 Desert View
What looks like trees are actually an aerial view of dirt roads in the desert. We can’t believe that Mother Nature created this image.
It’s fascinating to think that this photo isn’t edited. The world really is a marvelous sight to see.
23 Fire Breathing Tree
A forest service worker snapped this pic while fighting the Western North Carolina wildfires. The flames ran up the center of the tree trunk, creating a stunning illusion.
The purple glow looks so mystical. Let’s just agree that it’s a secret entryway to a faraway realm.
24 Dragon Shadow
This inspiring photograph of a dragon in a leaf’s shadow makes us feel like a kid again. It totally captures our imagination.
Does anybody else feel like that cute shadow could take flight at any moment?
25 Cliff Reflection
This photo tricks the eye into seeing a man walking on the edge of a steep cliff. If you take a closer look, you’ll realize that the man is actually walking along the shoreline and the cliff is a reflection.
This is one of those mind-bending photos that are hard to believe.
26 Levitating Horse
This freaky pastoral scene should get your attention. That one horse looks like it’s floating in mid-air.
In reality, it’s just a horse taking a nap next to the standing horse’s shadow. We can’t unsee the levitating horse, though.
27 Glowworm Grotto
We love how this pic looks like Willy Wonka’s freaky tunnel. Those aren’t little lights twinkling, but it’s actually a cave covered in glowworms.
It’s found at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand. Visitors can take a boat ride through this ethereal scene.
28 Mirrored Cabin
This is an example of architecture blending into natural surroundings. The building almost disappears into the landscape.
Visitors get a genuine sense of space when they see this building in person. It’s almost like a mirage in the desert.
29 Hover Boat
This boat appears to defy gravity, but it’s really just an optical illusion. The water is so clear that you can’t see it beneath the boat.
We like the idea of a flying boat much better. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie.
30 Lava Face
A sinister face appeared in lave flowing into the ocean. This eerie photograph captures the relentless nature of fire.
It almost looks scared to flow into the water. Like it’s screaming as it slips into the waves.
31 Boats In The Sky
The angle of this photo certainly creates a head-scratching optical illusion. Rather than a blue sky in the background, it looks like boats are floating above the park.
However, the illusion is all in the angle. Taken from a high vantage point, this person managed to capture both the park and the harbor behind it.
32 Underwater Waterfall
This photo is truly a masterpiece only made more interesting by the optical illusion. Found near the Le Morne Brabant peninsula, which is located near the Island of Mauritius, this picture looks like an underwater waterfall.
Of course, that isn’t possible. Instead, the picture shows an underwater canyon with sand sliding to the bottom. Either way, the end result is stunning.
33 Moving the Moon
This is another case of a photo being snapped at the right moment. From this perspective, it looks like the crane is moving the moon through the sky.
Of course, this photo only makes sense for a short while. Eventually, the moon will continue moving and the illusion will be lost.
34 Above The Sky
This photo shows a patch of green grass, a dock, and a smooth-as-glass lake. The lake is so smooth, in fact, that it perfectly reflects the sky above it.
When you first glance at the photo, it looks like the dock is floating among the clouds. If only that were true…
35 Super-Stretched Arm
All these two girls wanted was a cute photo together. Unfortunately, what they got was a man in the background looking like he’s stretching out an incredibly long arm to tap one of the girls on the shoulder.
Hopefully, you can see what went amiss here. When the friend on the left wrapped her arm around the other girl, her hand aligned with the upper arm of a man standing in the background. Thus, we get this creepy picture.
36 Fish Man
This optical illusion was simply the result of a lucky photographer. While this man was snorkeling among a school a fish, someone tried to capture the memory with a photo.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), a fish crossed the path between the camera and the man at that exact moment, making it look like the man has the head of a fish.
37 Grassy Globe
At first glance, this grassy patch looks like an oval-shaped park in the middle of a city. However, that’s not the case at all.
The grass is actually in a globe shape and is designed to look like a garden. Created by French artist François Abélanet, the art piece is title “Qui Croire?”, which translates to “who to believe?”
38 Sinking Carpet
The person who designed this carpet wants to see the world burn. Rather than laying flat fabric on the ground, the carpet designer purposefully manipulated the lines to make it look like certain parts of the carpet are sinking.
The effect is terrifying. It would definitely be difficult to walk on this floor without tripping over your own feet.
39 Charlie Brown
If you look at this crosswalk head-on, you can see Charlie Brown and friends making their way to the other side of the street. In order for the picture to look so perfect from the front, however, it has to be heavily distorted when drawn on the ground.
From the side, you can see that Charlie Brown and all his companions are sporting rather large heads in comparison to their tiny bodies.
40 Wavy Floor
Imagine walking into a building and seeing this hallway. If the floor has sunk that much, you’d probably stay far to left and try to avoid the compromised area.
However, the floor hasn’t sunk at all. In fact, it’s completely flat. By cutting the tiles differently, the creator of this illusion managed to make it look like half the floor was sinking into the earth.
41 Is He Wearing Heels?
This photo of two coworkers hugging looks relatively normal. However, on further inspection, it seems the man is wearing a pair of white pants and high heels with his toenails painted.
The outfit looks distinctly feminine, and it is! Despite what it looks like, the woman is actually the one standing, wrapping her arms around her male coworker. It might take a minute to sort out how she’s connected to her body, but we’re sure you’ll see it eventually.
42 Leg Confusion
While this is clearly a photo of two people hugging, looking at their legs makes their stance very confusing. Is the man standing between the woman’s legs? Is she somehow on the side closest to the camera? What’s going on here?!
Thankfully, the explanation is simple. The man’s shorts are black on the outside and white in the middle. From this angle, the white part aligns perfectly with the woman’s calves, making it look like a pair of pants she’s wearing.
43 A Giant Baboon
No, this baboon isn’t the resurrection of King Kong, no matter how terrifying it looks. While the baboon looks like it’s standing on the ground and smashing the car, the truth is much more simple.
The baboon is actually sitting on the front of the second car and just happened to put his arm out at the perfect angle, making him look like a giant monster.
44 Reading The Paper
At first glance, this looks like a peaceful photo of a man reading a newspaper while two nearby men lean against the wall. If you look at the background, however, you’ll see that other people are walking perpendicular to these three jokesters.
In order to take the photo, the first man laid on the ground and propped his legs up on the curb. Then, his two companions lay down sideways and propped themselves up with one arm. Taken from a horizontal angle, it looks like the men are standing. Let’s hope they didn’t get too dirty while laying on the ground.
45 Tiny Plane
Is that a tiny plane sitting atop a helicopter blade? Unfortunately, no.
While the tiny plane looks adorable, it’s actually a full-sized aircraft taking off far behind the helicopter. However, the photographer managed to snap a photo at the right moment, making it look like a toy airplane.
46 The Floating Man
No, this man does not have superpowers. He just happens to be standing in the right place at the right time.
The man is actually standing near a stain on the ground. But from the perspective of the photo, the stain looks like his shadow as he levitates above the ground.
47 Woman Without Legs
This photo takes a minute to puzzle out. Since everyone is standing on one side of the white partition, it looks like the woman in the black sweater is missing a pair of legs. How is she even staying upright?!
However, the woman isn’t standing at all. Instead, she’s sitting on the white partition, which explains why her legs aren’t in the picture.
48 Hidden Cigar
Initially, this looks like an up-close photo of a brick wall. However, there’s something hidden in this picture. Can you see it?
If you missed it, allow us to explain. The small rock that seems to be sitting between two bricks is actually the burnt end of a cigar. If you move your eyes to the right of that rock, you’ll see the cigar is wedged into the wall.
49 I’m Levitating
While giving a speech on a beach, this woman accidentally created this stunning visual. While it looks like her platform is hovering above the sand, that’s, of course, impossible.
Instead, the platform is firmly planted on the sand. Out of view of the photo, however, a flag is waving in the breeze. The resulting shadow lines up perfectly with not only the platform, but also the microphone, making it look like the entire thing is floating
50 Competing Buildings
It’s nearly impossible to work out what’s really going on in this photo. If you focus on either one of the buildings, the one you’re focused on looks like it’s positioned in front of the other.
As soon as you switch your attention to the other building, however, it looks like that one is in front. While we’ve been staring at this picture for a long time, we still can’t work out which building is truly in front.
51 Floating Island
Again, this island is not floating above the sea. However, it’s hard to imagine that anything else could be true, even on further examination.
The important thing to see here is that the water changes color, becoming much darker in the background where the third boat floats. Due to this change, the island looks like it’s suspended in mid-air. However, we assure you that it’s grounded.
52 Raven or Rabbit?
Is this a picture of a raven or a rabbit? From one angle, the picture looks like a raven with its beak in the air.
On the other hand, the photo could also capture a rabbit with a pair of fingers grabbing its nose. Which do you see?
53 Real Mermaid
Sometimes we wish our favorite fantasy creatures were real. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
This woman wearing a light, multi-colored scarf swimming in this clear blue water leaves us with the possibility that mermaids exist, and we’re very much on board with that!
Funny Fun Fact
Here are some fun facts to entertain you and fuel your discussions!
- The photo considered to be the very first in the history of photography was taken in 1826 by Joseph Niepce. It is entitled “View From the Window” and required an 8-hour exhibition.
- Space smells like seared steak.
- Greenland Sharks can live to be over 500 years old.
- The moon sometimes has moonquakes. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, these are caused by tidal stresses connected to the distance between the Earth and the moon.
- Rowdy goats have to wear pool noodles on their horns.
- Pigeons are able to differentiate between the paintings of Monet and Picasso.
- Bee hummingbirds are so small that they are often mistaken for insects.
- In 2009, research conducted by Texas researchers and published in the journal PLOS One showed that Brazilian free-tailed bats could communicate distinguishable syllables and phrases to sing a love song to attract suitors.
- Humans are the only animals that blush or feel embarrassed—a most complex emotion that requires understanding the opinions of others as well as other factors.
- Sometimes one bee stings another.
- Matthew McKnight was hit by a car in 2001 and has since held the record for the greatest distance thrown in a car accident. The car was travelling at 70 miles per hour and McKnight was propelled 118 feet away. Fortunately, he survived.
- Since 2002, in Florida, pregnant pigs are constitutionally protected against caging. This amendment considers that during pregnancy, a pig must be able to turn around freely.
- The very first color photo dates back to 1861. It was taken by the British physicist James Maxwell.
- Your nostrils can only work one at a time. This explains, among other things, why, when you have a cold, you have only one blocked nostril at a time.
- The wood frog can refrain from peeing for up to 8 months.
- It has already happened that the total weight of ants on Earth equals the total weight of humans. This would have happened about 2,000 years ago.
- Manatees are also known as “floaty potatoes”.
- The very first aerial photograph was taken by the French inventor Turnache in 1858. He photographed the city of Paris from a balloon.
- There are only two mammals that enjoy spicy foods: humans and tree shrews.
- Just like humans, koalas have fingerprints.
- Sea lions can dance to a beat.
- Looking at a picture of a cute animal can increase your productivity.
- According to statistics, nowadays, only 2 out of every 10 photos taken with digital cameras are printed on paper.
- Rabbits can’t puke.
- A human sneeze occurs at 100mph. That’s faster than the maximum running speed of a cheetah, 4.5 times faster than Usain Bolt’s speed record and 20 times faster than Michael Phelps.
- Including humans, there would be about 8.7 million species on Earth.
- In the United States, more humans die each year because of a cow than because of a shark.
- There is a giant fish with a transparent head.
- Being bitten by the Lone Star tick can make you allergic to red meat.
- Cheetahs can’t roar, but they can purr, hiss, meow, and growl, just like our house cats.