Within the heart of every mountain, there slumbers a pyramid.

I’ve still got a cold, so I’m going to keep this pretty short and sweet. I’m having a hard time writing anything even vaguely coherent. But here we go.

From the people who brought us pyramids in Bosnia: Pyramids in Romania?

No.

That was easy.

Okay, not quite that short and sweet. Looking at the small blurb of text to go with these three rather lovely pictures, I’m not sure if it’s the cold medicine or the contents of the text that’s making my head feel all funny.

Joo DenesBudapest, Hungary PYRAMIDS IN ROMANIA? Attached is a holographic picture of the Mountain CEAHLAU in the Eastern Carpathians, near the artificial lake Bicaz (or “Spring of the Mountain”). This picture formes only on August 6th every year (the 49th day after the summer solstice called Day of the Sun), with superposition of four shadows of the mountain-pyramids: the peaks Toaca, Lespezi, Shepherd Stone and Volcano Stone. The photos were made from the peak Toaca,

I’m not entirely certain what makes these pictures “holographic.” They look like normal pictures to me. Pretty ones, but still normal picture. I’m also incredibly confused by the use of the word “superposition.” Maybe he or she means “juxtaposition?”

Either way, the excitement seems to be that these mountains cast very straight-sided shadows, like the shadows that you’d expect from pyramids. So it doesn’t even seem to be a case like the so-called “Bosnian Pyramid,” where the mountain in question at least has a couple relatively straight sides and looks vaguely pyramidal when approached from the right angle. I took a quick peek at an aerial map of the area, and it all looks like pretty normal mountain topography.

The thing is, when the sun is at a low angle – as it appears to be in these pictures – all mountains produce pyramidal shadows. It’s just how the optical properties of the angles involved work. The mountains in question may produce more clearly pyramidal shadows because of the surrounding topography that the shadows are cast on, but there’s nothing out of the ordinary going on.

So basically, if we’re going to start calling mountains “pyramids” based on the shadows they cast, at sunrise and sunset, every mountain is a pyramid. Get digging, boys.

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