Pareidolia: branch or Snake?

As I was on a walk through some forgotten woods at Abbeystead in the Forest of Bowland just last week, I suddenly noticed from the corner of my eye this huge, open mouthed Snake rising from the grass in a break from the canopy…. then I remembered we in the UK only have two genuine, indigenous species of snake slithering around the country – the Grass Snake and the Adder – and they don’t grow to anything more than around three-to-four feet in length.

So a closer look allowed me to see that this ‘reptile’ was nothing more than a fallen, bark-less branch sitting at an odd angle with a weird shaped end… 

… or was this thing really just a branch?!

*Shot on an Olympus E-M1 Mk1 16mp m4/3 pro mirrorless camera using a Panasonic 100-300mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S lens with camera settings at ISO-400, aperture at f/4, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/160 seconds*

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