Optical Illusions – What Do You See

What do you see in these pictures?  I’ll let you take a look then at the bottom I’ll tell you what they are.  Look closely though.  They could surprise you!!  Keep in mind that not everything is as it seems.

#1.  What word do you see?

optical-illusion-ambigramANSWER #1. There are 2 words:

Optical & Illusion

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT: Optical is clear, while Illusion is spelled out with the landscape.

#2.  How many people do you see here?  

Head is eye

ANSWER #2. There are 2 people in this one.

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT:  There is a woman in the center of the photo looking at something she is holding in her hands.  Her head is the eye of a man, her arm is the mustache and her shoulder and chest is his nose.  See it?

#3.  Guess the age of this woman.

Old Young lady

ANSWER #3.  She could be in her 20’s or 30’s OR she could look much older.  Do you see both?

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT: To see the young woman, her ear is in the center of the photo and she is looking over her right shoulder.  See her eye lashes and nose on the left side of the portrait?  NOW, to see the old woman, the young woman’s chin is the old woman’s nose.  The young woman’s eye lashes and nose are the old woman’s right eye.  The young woman’s ear in the center is the old woman’s left eye.  See it yet?

#4.  Are you choosing to see the light of the dark, or both?

    Vase faces

ANSWER #4 There is a vase in the center, displayed in white.  The dark portions on either side depict two faces looking at each other.

#5.  How many people are in this picture?



IF YOU DON’T SEE THEM: And old woman and man are looking at each other.  The old man’s face is a picture of a man playing a guitar and his ear is a woman in a doorway.  The old woman’s face on the left is another man with his hands on his hat.  Do you also see the goblet in this one?

#6.  Name the type of animal you see below.


ANSWER #6.  There is a duck AND a Rabbit!

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT:  The duck is facing to the left side with his beak open.  The rabbit is facing right and his ears are the duck’s beak.  See both?

#7.  And what type of animal is this one?


#7.  Do you see the horse?  How about the Frog?

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT:  The horse if looking to the left and his eye is in the center and the main of his hair is surrounded by blue.  Now flip the picture in your head.  The blue is now the water and the frog’s eyes are where the horses nostrils were.  See both?

#8. This one is tricky.  What is it?


#8 ANSWER.  Most people see a man with glasses.  This one took me a while but it is actually the word Liar in cursive.

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT:  Read from the top of the page diagonally downward.  See it now?

While these are all fun, I wanted to use them to point out perception.  There is usually more than one way to look at something or someone.  If you take the time and look deeper, you may find that there is much more to someone than you thought.  As with a situation, you can choose to see the bright side or you can choose to see the negative.

Please be sure you look and think twice before you make an evaluation.  And remember, you can always change the way you see anything.  I went to the doctor’s today and was told I had bronchitis and an ear infection.  Instead of looking at the bad side, I chose to see that at least it wasn’t pneumonia and now I have antibiotics so I can focus on the healing aspect.  What’s not good about that?  There is no need for sympathy and feeling sorry for myself.  I chose to be happy about it.

What situations in your life would you like to see in a brighter light?  Know that it is possible.  It starts with you.

Feel free to let me know if you have a hard time seeing the multiple images.  I’ll try to help.

Thanks for stopping by.  Tomorrow I will be posting part 2 of the tips I have for a happy marriage after being married for more than 22 years.  You don’t want to miss it.  If you didn’t catch part 1, be sure to check it out to the right.  Please share this and any other posts you enjoy.  Have a great day!


14 thoughts on “Optical Illusions – What Do You See

    1. I was first introduced to the young/old lady as part of a seminar I was at a long time ago. I have used this in a customer service training program as well. You can find them online with Google Images or just a normal Google search. There are several websites that have compilations.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


    1. That one is hard to explain. But if you look at the landscape, the color portion, it spells out “Illusion” and the clear portion spells out “Optical.”

      Glad you liked them though. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it.


  1. It’s all about how we see the negative space (for example the word optical is in the negative space) – The only one I had a real hard time with was the horse and the frog. Even after flipping it, I still couldn’t see the frog. I like how the artist created the man with glasses by writing the word “Liar.” That one is really cool!

    1. It’s all a matter of how we choose to see something. I’m surprised you can’t see the frog. Remind me next time I see you. I’ll pull it up on my phone and show you.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment.


  2. My favorite book in childhood was the “Coles funny picture book”. It had lot’s of these wonderful optical illusions. As a child it seemed like magic to me. Likewise, I need to remind myself to see the real magic in people who upset me. There is usually a deeper reason why they act the way they do that needs my compassion not my condemnation.

    1. Very good realization! I love that you pointed this out. In the same seminar I was first introduced to the young/old woman, I also learned this concept. Everyone was standing in two circles, one inside the other. We were back to back. The instructor would read a scenario and we were to turn to this person and hold up the number of fingers we felt signified our negativity toward the person for their actions. Some of the scenarios had the other person being very rude to us. Then we were to turn back around, reminded of what the person said or did but this time we were told about something that happened to this person that we were not aware, such as they just came from their parent’s hospital room, etc. Then we displayed our negativity toward that person as being a lot lower.

      We never know what other people are going through. Although it should not give them the right to treat us unfairly, we should also not respond to it in a like manner. It’s an easy lesson to learn but to master takes a lifetime.

      Thank you for stopping by. I really loved this comment.


  3. This was absolutely awesome! I got most of them but a few. I didn’t see liar nor did I see the frog. You are so right in that our perception can really skew things. Your advice to look deeper is priceless. Most of us just don’t look deep enough and get in trouble for it. I also appreciate the fact that you look at the bright side of things. Why look at things in any other way? I broke the arch of my foot years 10 years ago and will always cherish that experience. Sure, it was very painful but in the four months I was on crutches, I learned a valuable lesson: how to ask for help. 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by Caroline. I loved your comment. I believe that life will continue to give us situations to learn from until we have learned the lesson we are meant to. So instead of complaining about it, it we learn from it, we are free to move on. Great point.

      Thank you for stopping my. Try seeing the eyes as part of the letter, “L,” that may be helpful.

      You aren’t the only one having trouble seeing the frog.


  4. Love these. I have seen some of them before. The first time I saw the man that also read “liar” was at a women’s conference. It was awesome!

    1. Thanks Tracie! That one I saw first on Facebook and I think I has to have my son point it out. I got all the others quickly.

      I appreciate the comment and your time in stopping by.


  5. What a great post, Missy!

    I used to be so fascinated by optical illusions as a child. One thing that has stayed with me is that once you see it (no matter how long it took you to get there), you can’t UN-see it. I guess that’s the same as with a shift in perspective, isn’t it? It’s a permanent shift into a new way of seeing.

    Very cool. Thanks for this reminder 🙂

    1. That is so true Jenny. Once you see you, you can’t unsee it. I’ve learned that is new with new concepts as well. For some people the fact that they have the ability to shift their own perspective is a new concept that once you understand it and see that it is true, you can’t go back.

      Love it. Thank you for this and for stopping by. I appreciate it.


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