Can YOU see it? 'Viking god’ hidden in this Shrewsbury scene

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

It looks like any other scenic shot along the River Severn.

But this snap taken by photographer Lee Roberts has caused something of an online sensation – after claims that hidden among the greenery of the riverside foliage lies a Viking god.

Taking a scenic stroll along the banks of the river in Shrewsbury, Lee decided to try his hand at snapping an elusive kingfisher.

But he missed his shot and it was only when he returned home that he found his photo of the weeping willows close to the weir in Castlefields had taken on a more mystical aura.

For, turn this picture on its side, and there appears to be an image of a Norse-like figure.

Upended - can you see it now?

The image has been shared hundreds of times. Some who look see the Viking straight away, while for others it is harder to spot.

Lee, 35, a father of one, said: "The shot was taken using the panoramic setting on my iPhone 6. I was waiting to see the local kingfisher. I only noticed the Viking face when I was walking back to my house as I looked through the pictures. I've posted it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and it's had a fantastic reaction.

"I'm a keen amateur photographer and I love taking pictures of wildlife in my home town and of the buildings and people in and around Shrewsbury.

'I've lived here all my life and work as a firefighter in the town so I find photography a good way to unwind. I'm married with a young son Marlowe, who I love taking for walks and showing the local wildlife."

Lee is a member of a number of social media groups and his photo has received praise from fellow photographers. His image was named photo of the week on Facebook.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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