Scotland was once so densely covered in trees that it's said that you could walk from coast to coast without ever seeing much of the sky. But the Great Caledonian Forest was accidentally wiped out by a race of friendly giants who uprooted all the trees and took them home during an unfortunate bonsai craze. This is recreated in the picture above.

This photo has now been seen quite widely across the internet and enjoyed worldwide by many who like a little bit of forced perspective now and again. It's usually posted by people who are polite enough to ask permission first. That most reprehensible of UK newspapers, The Daily Mail, on the other hand, used this picture without so much as a 'by your leave' or any hint of a sniff of the merest possibility of some kind of payment.

The giants will be around shortly to do some serious industrial origami in metal with the printing presses.

  • Jainbow 7y

    LoL! I want one of those!! :~)
  • © Catriona Walker 7y

  • Bea Jay PRO 7y

  • Mook? 7y

    top stuff :)
  • Dan Young PRO 7y

    Nicely done!
  • Zoe 7y

    hee hee - wasn't it your good self t hat had a picture of your son with the water fall going into a cup??

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • stuart anthony PRO 7y

    Thanks everyone. I quite like these optical illusion thingys.

    Gosh! Well remembered Zoe, that was mine. Here's the waterfall photo.

    Lots more fun images like that in this group.
  • SuKiLi81 7y

    Really great done!!!
  • Zoe 7y

    Stu - I wasn't quite sure if I had remembered correctly - as I was up commenting WAY past my bedtime - and the mind plays tricks in the early hours of the morning!

    My god - just looked at your link - and I remembered that from 15 months ago1 Didn't know my memory was that good!
  • fingeronthebutton 7y

    LOL - Did Han take it home for the garden? :-)
  • stuart anthony PRO 7y

    Hee hee - Dave. No we left it where it was. There is a proper place for everything. Besides, it wouldn't of fitted in James' car!
  • Jordan Oram 7y

    Dude you totally do great wonderful things with perspective and people. When I go out with others I"m going to try to start keeping an eye out for these opportunities. So funny!
  • stuart anthony PRO 7y

    Thanks maplemusketeer. There's groups and groups on Flickr for this kind of thing. It's fun but maybe harder than it looks actually.
  • John dera 7y

    I have always wanted a Scots Pine Bonsai..... great idea !
  • squishfoto 5y

    Boycott Daily Mail I say! Great composition and idea!
  • mbwbmw1 2y

    This is an awesome pic. You should try submitting it to TopDog's perpsective photo contest at before July 31st (they are giving away a free cruise to Bermuda...)
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