Here is an optical illusion I would like to hear some opinions about. The photo was taken by myself.
It is a picture of one of three legs of a clocktower. The legs are curved down and outwards.
The reflection that you are seeing in the leg, is a reflection of the top of the clocktower....twice!
Once facing towards the top and one facing downwards.
There appears to be a "joining" of the two images in the middle.
The question is...."WHY?"
The shiny curved surface is acting like a concave mirror (googe concave mirror physics for a detailed explanation with photos). It has to do with how the curved surface reflects light rays to a focal point, past which the reflected image becomes inverted. I'm guessing you were near this focal point, and the varied curvature of the upper and lower portion of the reflective surface in relation to you (the lower portion is closer than the rear and at a steeper angle) caused the upper portion of the surface to be on one side of the focal point and appear upright, while the lower surface is on the other side of the focal point causing it to be inverted.