What Do You See?

When Yorkshire hosted the 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France, 2.5m people lined the route over two days. Building on the success of that event, there is now an annual Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

The sight of static colourful bicycles dotted around towns and villages and showing off their vibrant flower baskets has become the norm.

Recently I took photographs of two bikes near my home. Take a close look at the green one. At first glance there appears to be nothing unusual about it. Look again, focus towards the top of the front wheel and tell me what you see!

Bike 2

Post Edit – It appears (or not appears) to be an elusive illusion for some of you. Focus and stare at the front wheel of the green bike, squint if necessary, it may help.

Can you see it? What you see is there and what you see is not. What is real is real and what is not is not, but can you see it? ~ S.W.

Bike 1

An illusion is proof that you don’t always see what you think you do and it’s because of the way your brain and your visual system perceive and interpret an image.

There are a number of reasons why some of us see a visual illusion and others do not. Illusions occur due to the properties of the visual areas of our brains, the way  they receive and process information.  Your perception of an illusion has more to do with how your individual brain works and much less to do with the optics of your eye.

22 thoughts on “What Do You See?

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  2. gc

    This is a brilliant photo Susan. This is a problem in the real versus the apparent. Our brains assume that the bike is upright and attached to the vehicle. The twist tie is the anchoring clue to reality that tells you differently if you pick up the visual clue. Thank you for sharing this brain twister.

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  3. Hello Ethel, The front wheel appears flat to ground instead of upright. It can be seen if you squint (so I’m told) I saw it as soon as I brought the original up on my screen, the image comes and goes as you move your eyes. Some see it and other just don’t!


  4. emn

    Sue – I simply had to revisit this. Saw the post on GC’s Nibbled News and gave it another go. For the briefest of moments I was able to see the tire as lying flat, but the thought was not mine. I struggle to see it flat. Everything I read into the picture dictates that it is standing upright. I’m perplexed. Reminds me of the tongue-rolling thing – I cannot do that, either. I know that is an inherited trait and no amount of trying will overcome what’s not there. 🙂

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    1. Hello Ethel, Thank you for having another look at this, I’m sorry you don’t see the illusion of the wheel lying flat. I did quite a bit of reading on the reasons for illusions, but as far as I can tell only a small proportion of us see the illusion on this picture. 😟

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      1. emn

        Makes sense to me, Sue. I was doing some catching up last night and couldn’t resist temptation to give it another go.


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