Dancing Tree Optical Illusion

Dancing Tree Optical Illusion is a snapshot taken of an actual tree. The roots and branches form the figure of a woman dancer or a ballerina. These little sitings are one of mother natures ways of showing us her beauty. Be sure to check out some of the other Tree anomalies on visualfunhouse as well.

This beautiful dancer shows her beauty from inside of these tree branches

This spectacular photo of a tree was taken by Carol Lynn Fraser of Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Carol is a Creative Artist and school teacher: combining photography (subject matter primarily natural, but also electronic), paint (fabric, water color and acrylic), draw in pencil, sew, screen print and make rock jewelry. She also studies ‘Sacred Geometry’ as did Leonardo DaVinci. Carol does most of her work in her studio located on her family farm in a house built by her great grandfather in 1905. The ‘Dancing Tree’ has been pirated continuously on the internet and has been given a variety of titles such as Ballerina Tree, Woman’s tree etc. People have written poetry about it, painted it, used it for advertising, called it fake; some insisting Carol used photoshop to doctor it. I personally recieved an e-mail from Carol assuring me she did not use anything to change the picture from its original form. She said the photo was taken at night using a flash and this is how it turned out. Carol is a naturalist (born and raised) and believes strongly in the Creative process, Nature, and the Interconnectedness of all things. “She hopes everyone enjoys this gift from her and nature. Carol does not claim to be an Artist in the popular sense of the word. She prefers to create in the privacy of her own home, for the pure pleasure of it. She does not aspire to fame nor fortune. She only asks that if you use her photo that she be given full credit for her work. Carol Lynn Fraser, B.Ed


  • this photo is altered / fake.

  • I like your photo of the dancing tree, the one that looks like a female dancer. I am interested in obtaining a printed copy of this picture for my personal use. I don’t want to use this for any other purpose, I just want a picture to put on my work desk. Thanks for your time.

  • How do I go about obtaining a copy of the photo? Thanks.

  • You may contact me via e-mail at iluv2so2@hotmail.com. I would be happy to provide you with a copy of my photo. Please indicate size, name and address where it can be mailed. There is a small fee for this picture.

  • It makes me very sad when someone says this picture is fake. It is a real tree and grew in British Columbia, Canada. The picture has not been altered as it was taken with a cheap point and shoot, and I didn’t have any kind of photo manipulation software at the time. Some folks just can’t accept that nature can and does exist in ways that open our hearts and minds to the wonders often forgotten in childhood. I feel sorry for anyone who thinks this picture is fake….no, I pity you….

  • This is not an Optical Illusion if it is a real picture.

    Yes it looks like a dancer, but it is not an illusion.

  • Ezekiel 17:22-24
    22 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. 24 All the trees of the forest will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.

  • I am interested in purchasing this photo to use for my yoga information. To me it represents life which is what I am trying to portray in my efforts to let folks know about yoga. Please let me know. Thank you, lynn

  • I am interested in purchasing the dancing tree photo. Please let me know how I can get a copy of this. Thank You, Lynn

  • I was wondering who has the rights to the picture and if I could use it for presentational purposes?

  • Carol Lynn, I am sure others have suggested this but I would copyright the image asap. While not a screaming opportunist myself, there is some small financial gain to be realized here that can be redirected toward any number of uses.

  • Hi, I was wondering if I could just present this photo to my class… If you wish I can shred it afterwards.

  • This picture is beautiful and gave me goosebumps! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • The fact that people honestly believe this image is fake is in the up most and highest manner of insult to the photographer. I have analyzed the image and the resolution and effects of the tree including shadowing all fit the rest of the image. Also, so long as you are not using the image for commercial purposes (meaning you use it for education like in a class presentation or something) then you can use any image on the internet for presentations and such, so long as you credit the creator if you can find them. If not the second best option is to credit the site you found it from. The image, any image, is copyrighted because it is considered original works and therefore any creation (video, image, or any other excluding discovery) are considered copyrighted. :> Hope this helps.

  • Ok, have double checked and it’s only similar to mine. apologies all round.

  • I would like to know what kind of tree this is, do you know the name of it? Thanks so much

  • What kind of tree is this

  • Not a fake. It’s real. There’s one like it in my back yard. It’s an Alanthus Altissima, aka Tree of Heaven, aka Ghetto Palm. They grow anywhere you let them – even through the cracks of an unlit basement. They can grow in these strange, twisted shapes too. It’s not surprising that given the sheer numbers of them in populated areas that someone took a photo like this.

  • Ms Fraser…I love your actual photo of the Dancing Tree. My daughter is a dancer and i would really love to get her a copy (Photo / Print ) for Christmas. Please let me know How, Where, When, and cost of obtaining a copy.
    Thank You…..Greatly Appreciated.

  • Where is there the tree?

  • I am skeptical as hell. I’m not certain that this picture is fake, but I think it’s very likely. The resemblance to a human is remarkable. It’s TOO similar. I’m willing to be persuaded, but right now I’d like some more evidence. I googled Alanthus Altissima, aka Tree of Heaven, aka Ghetto Palm, and none of those trees look like this tree. I think this photo has been doctored, but I’m willing to change my mind if someone can provide good evidence to the contrary (simply claiming to be the photographer is not evidence).

  • I love your photo, Carol.
    Can I use it, giving you full credit, as a cover of a book shortstories in Spanish titled Perfiles y sombras (Profiles and shadows). I live in Puerto Rico, small island in the Caribbean
    THanks for sharing.

  • Margarita Iguina

    Beatiful Photo,

    Giving the full credit to Carol Lynn Fraser, is it possible to use the photo as a cover for a book , short stories, in Spanish?

    Margarita Iguina

  • Has anyone had a response from Carol Lynn Fraser? Her email address is not valid. I would love to have a copy of this tree for my brother’s birthday. If anyone has one, please contact me. I will pay. My email address is gateway23@bell.net
    Thank you!!

  • JesseMarkus,
    I took this photo in the summer of 2007. It is, to the best of my knowledge, a Japanese Elm Tree. The picture was taken near Vernon, BC, Canada in my friends back yard. In response to your suggestion, “I think the photo has been doctored”, let me assure you it was not. I am not a photographer, didn’t have a clue how to alter photos nor a desire to do so, didn’t have the software to to do so even if I wanted to. No, she is authentic. Obviously, you are unwilling to take my word for it so please read NikoKit’s post above. The original photo was also analyzed by a publisher in France who used it for the cover of a book.
    P.S. You don’t have to believe I didn’t alter the picture. It really doesn’t matter to me. It does, however, make me sad that you can’t simply enjoy it, allow it to inspire you and consider for a moment that not everyone is out to make a buck……..I’m certainly not making money off this photo.

  • If anyone would like a copy of this photo simply e-mail me and we can work something out. The largest I’ve been able to enlarge it is 16 x 20 without completely losing the resolution. Just so you know.
    Carol <3

  • Carol, do you live in vernon? Thats not to far away from my self! :) PS – its still an awesome photo! if you come up with any more inspiring ones.. be sure to send them my way!

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