Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ruby Mountains in Summer, Nevada

This image shows a long curving road in the foreground which leads into the Ruby Mountains in the background.

Photo by Gordon Campbell

The description states:



The broad, smooth surfaces, gentle grades and scenic desert vistas make Nevada’s Highways some of themes popular thoroughfares in the West.

–These mountains are located in Elko County, Nevada, which is in the northeastern quadrant of the state. This road has been supplanted by Interstate 80 along its entire length through Nevada.

This picture likely dates from the 1950s.

Verticality Illusions, Curious Canyon, Santa Cruz, California

This image is better composed to highlight the illusion of differing angles of repose for both the standing and hanging subjects. The camera is held so that the image created makes the floor and door look level with the ground, but both the subjects indicate this is not accurate.

There is no description on the back of this card.

An examination of photos on the Mystery Spot website shows photos that are nearly identical to the ones shown here, confirming that the organization changed names but not locations over time.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

Optical Illusions, Curious Canyon, Santa Cruz, California

This image shows a common illusion, created by the limited field of view provided by the photo, which tricks the eye into thinking the background is correct and stable while the foreground is changing.

There is no description on the back of this card.

This is not the best composed picture to create the illusion, as the board the two men are standing on is clearly visible and indicates some of the reason for the visual effect. However, the left side subject does appear smaller in both photos, even though the person there is exchanged.

This photo likely dates from the 1940s.