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Never Believe Your Eyes (Or The Psychological Torment Of An Unwanted Optical Illusion)
Yesterday I went for a walk along one of my favourite footpaths (even though I would prefer it if it was still a working railway line but that is beside the point).

I took my camera along with me and (seeing as it was a horribly - for me - sunny day) I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of the illusions I came across with you.

I will start with a photo which definitely was not an optical illusion.

The Pedestrian now approaching Platform 1 is heading for Leicester Central Station.  The Pedestrian now departing Platform 2 is heading for The South.

Yes - I went for a walk along part of the Great Central Way.  In order to get on to it I walked along part of the Grand Union Canal.

You have probably read my ramblings about how my eyes do not like either bright lights or angles?  Well, the next few photos may give you a taster of why I hate strange staircases (particularly when it comes to going down them).

I have decided to try to take a photo as I would see it followed by a photo showing what it may look like to someone with "normal" vision.

Is it a ramp or a staircase???  (Careful - the wrong answer could end up with you getting very wet indeed.)

Did you guess a shallow set of steps??? (The Grand Union Canal is to the left at the bottom - once you have bounced over the riverbank.)

This next one is not as easy as that.

Why on Earth would anyone fence off a set of steps???  Is it just a lookout point for nice scenery???

If you really think that a main road can be considered to be nice scenery I won't tell anybody!!!  It is actually the spiral staircase leading from one of the former platforms down to the main road.

This next one just appealed to my somewhat quirky sense of humour.

Stupid place to put a mirror,

Finally, we have the kind of photo which definitely explains what my eyes sometimes see either when my brain is tired or when it is getting dark.  (Explanation follows the photo.)

A seat with a built in step???

OK so - you may have to use your imagination a bit more than I had anticipated to understand this one (I think I was too close to the seat when I took it).

When things are in shadow or terribly lit (as in too bright or too dark) strange phenomena can occur.  Seen at the correct angle the shadow at the bottom and in front of the seat looks to me like someone built a step so that toddlers can climb up onto it and sit down.

You can find some more photographs I took on my walk on my Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/91305784@N05/

By the way - in case you are wondering about the second part of the title to this blog post - you could say I was inspired to take the first few photos by one of my friends (even though they were nowhere near me at the time).  You could say that the phrase "Steppes of Northamptonshire" (which appears on quite a few websites, etc, connected with them) turned into the "Steps of Leicester" in my brain!!!  I think they will know who they are.

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