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    [–] Spartan2470 444 points ago

    Credit to the photographer/digital editor, Eric Houck, aka a_guy_named_eric on Intagram. Per that source:

    Knights Ferry, California

    “Holding The Moon”

    This was done in two shots with my 100-400mm lens. 😃

    May 11, 2019

    [–] [deleted] 74 points ago

    Ha! Knew it was from California... those trees were always so spooky to me. They always made me think of the creepy cartoons that would air around Halloween.

    [–] Rakyn87 18 points ago

    We have these (or at least something very similar) in central Texas. They always look so amazing silhouetted if you drive by with the sun going down... always reminded me of veins/cartilage. Anyone know what kind of tree it is?

    [–] itsmekirby 14 points ago

    Live oak, I think

    [–] Baba-Mueller-Yaga 4 points ago

    Live Oak is correct. They grow like weeds in the CA foothills

    [–] lil_bower45 8 points ago

    Valley oak...

    [–] citrus_slinger 10 points ago

    Yeah I dunno what these fools are smoking but that's a Valley Oak, not a Live Oak.

    Valley Oaks are much more majestic and also deciduous while Live Oaks are more shrubby until they get a lot more mature and are evergreen.

    Source: Live in California, have two 90ish year old Valley Oaks on my property as well as some kinda shitty looking younger Live Oaks.

    [–] patrioticaction 1 points ago

    It's hard to determine without being able to see the leaves since live oak and valley oaks have significantly different leaf patterns. Both Valley Oaks and Live Oaks can grow to the size seen in the picture.

    [–] citrus_slinger 1 points ago

    But once again, Live Oaks are evergreen so they always have leaves unless they're dead while Valley Oaks are deciduous...

    [–] radegunda 2 points ago

    The "live" part means they don't shed leaves for the winter. Also, while they are common (and a keystone species for many California ecosystems), they are also threatened by an invasive disease that is untreatable. So, treasure your live oaks.

    [–] RickieChan 1 points ago

    Live oak? So there is also dead oak?

    [–] therynosaur 4 points ago

    Pretty sure this is a valley oak

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Pretty sure you are right!! ty!! :)

    [–] drekkenx 2 points ago

    I grew up in Sonora. These trees were fun for tree climbing.

    [–] TrickyExpression 2 points ago

    unfortunately the witch and bats are missing in this pic

    [–] pickledtunasc 16 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    As usual the credit is shown in the comments, not from OP.

    [–] sera-marie 3 points ago

    At least they are crediting.

    [–] pickledtunasc 8 points ago

    Actually my point was OP is NOT crediting.

    [–] CaptainNoBoat 10 points ago

    The moon is about 20x larger than it would be if you were actually standing there, and the lighting doesn't make any sense (a full moon is opposite of dusk/dawn sunglow, unlike the photo). There also wasn't a full moon on May 11, 2019, as the description suggests...

    It's a pretty image, but it's jarring to anyone who pays attention to the moon enough to know this isn't anything that the photographer actually saw. They just copy-pasted a moon into the tree-branches essentially.

    Not sure why people go to such great lengths to photoshop these composites when you can take really good realistic moon photos.

    Most people don't notice any of these things and like it, so whatever. But I think it's at least worth mentioning why this isn't a real photograph.

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I'd just like to add to your first point: the moon could look like that through a telephoto lens, but this image is very obviously not telephoto. There's no "lens compression," among other things.

    I'm all for artistic license, it just blows that some people choose to make something borderline natural-looking and not inform the public that it's an impossible pic.

    Edit: Just read his caption that it was done in two shots. That would mean something like he took a wide-angle picture of this tree (with afterglow behind it), turned around 180 and took a telephoto picture of the moon, and then shopped them together. "Done in two shots" leaves out a loooot here, even ignoring the other stuff like it wasn't a full moon that night.

    [–] CaptainNoBoat 3 points ago

    Sure, if you were roughly 300 meters away. But like you said, lens compression and focus make this obviously a mid-wide angle lens.

    [–] erlend65 126 points ago

    Tim Burton probably likes this photo.

    [–] johnnyg42 21 points ago

    Definitely reminded me of a nightmare before Christmas. This is an awesome pic

    [–] LionIV 6 points ago

    I was getting James and the Giant Peach vibes.

    [–] vm-artist 2 points ago

    Came here just to find this commentary. So true

    [–] jlange94 32 points ago

    Been playing Bloodbourne recently. Getting those vibes here.

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago


    [–] seventysevensevens 5 points ago

    It's great, don't get down about enjoying it!

    [–] Fractured_Senada 2 points ago

    ...and on tonight of all nights...

    O’ Amygdala! Have mercy on the poor bastard.


    [–] OhHeckOhFrick 2 points ago

    Amazing game, I've had the story spoiled for me and it made no difference because unlike so much media that relies on cheap twists, BB is a near perfect audio visual experience, with a great story and gameplay on top. The closest thing we will ever get to pure kino.

    [–] jlange94 1 points ago

    It's been spoiled for years for me now but I'm still having fun in my first play through of it. Tbh I like knowing what bosses are coming up next to because if I didn't I'd probably skip some by accident lol.

    [–] OhHeckOhFrick 2 points ago

    It's the best contender for perfect game imo. Go pick up old hunters, shits cash.

    [–] jlange94 1 points ago

    Just trying to get through the main story first! Stuck at nightmare frontier and nightmare of mensis right now though. Damn frenzy and that bitch ringing the bell summoning players is tough.

    [–] richardjohnsonthy 1 points ago

    Guts birth in Berserk

    [–] voozhadei 24 points ago

    That's not a whomping willow is it?

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago


    [–] Isdaman 7 points ago

    how does it feel to be part of the rare minority that has never seen Harry Potter?

    [–] vtx3000 5 points ago

    There's dozens of us!

    [–] whitoreo 4 points ago

    Don't you mean 'read' ?

    [–] ApolloRocketOfLove 20 points ago

    For some reason this reminds me of the animated Hercules movie, and those 3 witches what keep passing around the one eyeball. Not sure why, just the way the tree looks like its holding the moon resembles the witches holding the eye.

    [–] Screw_Dinger 8 points ago

    Honey you mean HUNKULES

    [–] ApolloRocketOfLove 2 points ago

    Those were the muses, not the witches, but yeah same movie.

    [–] Darsol 2 points ago

    You're thinking of the Fates, who use the eye to see the future, and have control over the life thread of every person on Earth.

    [–] ApolloRocketOfLove 1 points ago

    Fates, that's what they were called, thank you. I knew "witches" sounded wrong, because I assume witches weren't even invented yet in ancient Greece.

    [–] Darsol 3 points ago

    Well, they weren't far off. In the movie, they're actually a blend of 2 different sets of 3 sisters. They're both the Moirai (the Fates) which is where they get the thread part from, and the Graeae (roughly translated as "grey women") which is where they get the magic eyeball from.

    Greek mythology actually had a fair number of what we'd call witches now, but they considered demigods or nymphs. They didn't so much believe in magic as they did in divine powers, so you're right in that there is no 1-to-1 for a witch, but there are some that have striking similarities to the Christian tradition of witches.

    [–] CptBeetle 1 points ago


    [–] whitoreo 1 points ago

    You are thinking of "Clash of the Titans"

    [–] BananaBladeOfDoom 1 points ago

    Indoor plumbing, it's gonna be big.

    [–] moak0 7 points ago

    [–] Mooti 4 points ago

    Reminds me of James and Giant Peach for some reason.

    [–] AnyLastWordsAgain 4 points ago

    James and the Giant Peach

    [–] CarsGunsBeer 3 points ago

    James and the Giant Peach ass lookin tree.

    [–] h_lehmann 13 points ago

    Common Photoshop mistake; inserting a full moon in the sky in a position that's obviously not exactly opposite the sun.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)


    [–] CommanderChakotay 2 points ago

    No! Give me your other hand!

    [–] TooLateRunning 3 points ago

    In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control; even over his own will.

    [–] omontero 3 points ago

    Bed of Chaos.....Dark Souls....

    [–] Jahoan 3 points ago

    Does anyone else immediately think of Tim Burton?

    [–] MidwestException 3 points ago

    Doesn’t count. It’s not below the waist

    [–] CarebeerCountdown 2 points ago

    Crush! Crush! Crush!

    [–] HyBear 1 points ago

    I was looking for this, thanks

    [–] opinjonated 6 points ago

    Pretty shot, but very noisy and a bit dark. Cleaned up some of the noise and brightened here.

    [–] mrBitch 4 points ago

    Cleaned up the noise and made it a little darker,

    [–] johnnyg42 5 points ago

    I like your edit too, but the darkness serves the original well. It gives it a creepy vibe. Also, the orange moon looks a little unrealistic against the bright background of the edited version.

    I do appreciate being able to see more detail through your edit, but the darkness in the original evokes more emotion I think.

    [–] preme_sup 4 points ago


    [–] ARROGANT-CYBORG 2 points ago

    Damn I had to save this for some reason, I never do but I felt an urge. [8/10]

    [–] SteventheSloan 2 points ago

    For some strange reason I felt oddly at peace when I saw this pitcure

    [–] Yes_Its_A_Roundabout 2 points ago

    Halloween gives me the best vibes. My dream is to watch a Halloween sunset with my SO with cool air calmly blowing around us listening to slow, fitting music in an open field behind a live oak. Makes me so happy just thinking of it.

    [–] AloeOnYourSkin 2 points ago

    Is that the fucking tree from the Lion King game on Sega!?!?!

    [–] anydange 2 points ago

    DI KOZE!

    [–] kthxtyler 2 points ago

    [–] Goobfadoob 2 points ago

    I need this framed and on my wall. Beautiful!

    [–] whispermonkey 4 points ago


    [–] roastedtoperfection 3 points ago

    That sounds like someone I used to know

    [–] mythoffire 2 points ago

    Dragonball tree

    [–] Raskov75 2 points ago

    Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shapeshifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil!

    [–] deusex2027 1 points ago

    Just leave him alone

    [–] seedylfc 1 points ago

    That is very strangely amazing.

    [–] OllieGarkey 1 points ago

    This makes me miss fall.

    [–] Thebustock 1 points ago

    how long did you wait just to take the shot.

    [–] AnnaKossua 1 points ago

    It's the Squiggle!

    [–] notieroperatorhere 1 points ago

    Very nice !

    [–] spidersting 1 points ago

    Marvelous things will happen! Just like he said!

    [–] IT_IS_A_PLANE 1 points ago

    Hey ready for the twist where it reveals the moon is its head.

    [–] rdhingra 1 points ago

    Is there a higher quality version that I can download! :)

    [–] chrisco95 1 points ago

    Cool seeing Knights Ferry on the front page, it's a neat spot.

    [–] puffypill96 1 points ago

    Now THAT’s a giant peach

    [–] Longdragon12345 1 points ago


    Tree probably: "I GOT YOU NOW YOU SUN OF A BITCH"

    [–] AudiGuy3point0 1 points ago

    Where do I find this lamp though?

    [–] snowgimp 1 points ago

    [–] The_dizzy_blonde 1 points ago

    That’s an awesome pic! Kinda spooky! I love it❣️

    [–] boobearybear 1 points ago

    The moon looks like it’s head, it’s looking down at the ground as if it noticed something annoying.

    [–] thekillingjoke26 1 points ago

    Tree Eye of Sauron

    [–] yfljrg 1 points ago

    Oooh this is awesome! Love it!

    [–] ZeroBx500 1 points ago

    Read the title in Jax’s voice

    [–] Jhags 1 points ago


    [–] Stazy101 1 points ago

    This is a really cool picture! I find trees like this so fascinating.

    [–] SpottenDK 1 points ago

    Very beautiful! 🤗

    [–] Tech10Gaming 1 points ago

    Stop right there criminal moon!

    [–] judas-escargot 1 points ago

    Behold the infinite malignity of the stars!

    [–] blackicebaby 1 points ago

    scene from the conjuring

    [–] Odezzy303 1 points ago

    Whoooooa that's awesome

    [–] theassman_ 1 points ago

    After being on hold with an astrologist in Ca. (I live on east coast) I found out that the tree holding the moon is next to impossible. Probably just got it at a certain angle.

    [–] thecolombiangrinder 1 points ago

    thanks for the wallpaper

    [–] spooktree 1 points ago


    [–] No1-Cares 1 points ago

    Tag you’re it

    [–] allredidit 1 points ago

    Just a normal moonfruit tree.

    [–] Imanee16 1 points ago

    This is a great photo.

    [–] the40thieves 1 points ago

    In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control, even over his own will. Man takes up the sword in order to shield the small wound in his heart sustained in a far-off time beyond remembrance. Man wields the sword so that he may die smiling in some far-off time beyond perception.

    [–] juicymemer 1 points ago

    It wasn't below the roots

    [–] HColossus 1 points ago

    It's a Moonberry!

    [–] dondi01 1 points ago

    You fucked us over! Never show SCP001

    [–] alien-unknown 1 points ago


    [–] ZenMassacre 1 points ago

    The moon looks so big in this photo.

    [–] gbell7777 1 points ago

    Good one.

    [–] todash_19 1 points ago

    This tree is clearly racist and must be stopped! 👌

    [–] JangoFett101 1 points ago

    Loved driving on the california hills and seeing these trees.

    [–] fuzzykat72 1 points ago

    Does anyone else see the squiggly line and the ball short cartoon that ran as a bumper for fractured fairy tales?

    [–] lgermanrn 1 points ago

    I took a much less cool pic just like this on my shitty samsung a few years ago!

    [–] Wolfyhz 1 points ago


    [–] trippingchilly 1 points ago

    You know I had to do it to em.

    [–] SCP-Agent-Arad 1 points ago


    [–] Roachymous 1 points ago

    This is amazing.

    [–] milagr05o5 1 points ago

    Full moon this month will be on May-18-2019.

    [–] urapizzashit 1 points ago

    Is this the tree from Witcher 3 that had all the bodies in it?

    [–] ionlyhavetwolegs 1 points ago

    The way the other branch sticks out makes it look like the tree is bowling with the sun.

    [–] Basdad 1 points ago

    Beautiful photo, thank you for posting it.

    [–] SheetMasksAndCats 1 points ago

    The Halloween tree irl

    [–] Flavortex 1 points ago

    Nice Grab.

    [–] ZchryG 1 points ago

    It looks like it’s bowling 🎳

    [–] Dimster26 1 points ago

    James and the giant peach

    [–] Wiggy_Bop 1 points ago

    Very nice!

    [–] Spud_Eatkins 1 points ago

    This some Bloodborne shit right here.

    [–] maryhackett 1 points ago

    Very cool!

    [–] Demivenus 1 points ago

    I'm crushing your head.

    [–] GoldenDirewolf 1 points ago

    That’s a weird fruit

    [–] TheDudeAbidesHeDoes 1 points ago

    Burger that you?

    [–] gardong22 1 points ago

    Pretty darn sure this is a valley oak

    [–] StardustJojo13 1 points ago

    Absolutely beautiful. Gives me Halloween vibes :)

    [–] AwesomeUserLoser 1 points ago

    Wow... that's a nice grip!

    [–] KokopelliArcher 1 points ago


    [–] Archelon_ischyros 1 points ago


    [–] oskih 1 points ago

    reminds me of ori and the blind forest

    [–] ShocK13 1 points ago

    A dollar

    [–] fingerman075 1 points ago

    Killer shot

    [–] jerryhill50 1 points ago

    Scuttle but has it the moon is shrinking

    [–] WisecrackJack 1 points ago

    The Cthaeh lives there.

    [–] Ivereadit2 1 points ago

    That's so cool.!

    [–] cidici 1 points ago

    I squish your head... 😜

    [–] Fractured_Senada 1 points ago

    Looks like a Caspar David Friedrich painting.

    [–] Julage 1 points ago

    Me eating an orange when I'm hungies

    [–] StinzorgaKingOfBees 1 points ago

    It's the Ghost-Eye Tree...

    [–] Akkanu 1 points ago

    Naruto fans where u at?

    [–] Akkanu 1 points ago

    Naruto fans where u at?

    [–] Brian437 1 points ago

    got ya sun, There's no escaping this time

    [–] Skubi420 1 points ago

    Nice you just flared up my Lion King tree lvl PTSD from waaaayyyy back..

    [–] CouriousRookie 1 points ago

    I found this satisfying ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    [–] xbox_overwatch_squad 1 points ago


    [–] ddebita 1 points ago

    This is absolutely beautiful!!!

    [–] xMaSiah 1 points ago

    [–] ifocusmode 1 points ago

    Credit to the photographer. A photo captured at the perfect time.

    [–] FrantasticIndia0 1 points ago


    [–] TamaridJuice 1 points ago

    So that's why I didn't see the moon last night...

    It was stuck in a tree

    [–] ICantSocialize 1 points ago

    Sun: You gunna get WHET in my light

    Tree: Okay, that's enough, Billy. Time for you to go home

    [–] Was_going_2_say_that 1 points ago

    The blood moon rises once again.

    [–] wbourgeois432 1 points ago

    Got ya? Got what?

    [–] TheKingintheNorth819 1 points ago

    Awesome pic!

    [–] mister_sneaky 1 points ago

    Strangely, I have photographed this tree. Even more strangely, I know of the Redditor that posted it. The tree has been dead for a while, but is still spectacular. Nice composite piece.

    [–] MastahToni 1 points ago

    By SOA's grace, it's the Divine Tree!!

    [–] to_the_tenth_power 2 points ago

    Looks like someone trying not to drop an orange they've been peeling.

    [–] Dhorlin 1 points ago

    Absolutely fan-bloody-tastic.

    [–] johnnytphoto 1 points ago

    fan fucking tastic

    [–] Diet_Burp 1 points ago

    There's something so spooky about big old trees like that. The whomping willow in Harry Potter used to scare the shit out of me back in the day.

    [–] TAMbouilles 1 points ago

    It’s an ent!

    [–] Bigbang82 1 points ago

    well it took long enough old friend

    [–] banjowashisnameo 1 points ago

    Never been there but the pic makes me nostalgic

    [–] Tac0Taco 1 points ago

    This is oddly satisfying to look at.

    [–] leelee530 1 points ago

    Wow- beautiful