By the time you’ve spotted the sniper, it’s already too late.
Somewhere in this hillside terrain is a perfectly camouflaged sniper aiming at you and ready to pull the trigger.
The photo above was taken by artist Simon Menner, who was granted permission to watch snipers in action with the armies of Germany, Latvia and Lithuania.
It shows trees and shrubs on a mountain and a nearly invisible soldier taking position with a high-powered rifle.
If you look closely, you can pretty much spot part of his scope – the only clue to his hiding place.
Blending in with the environment is as much a part of sniper training as learning to hit a target a mile away.
They must be able to survive alone or in pairs in the unforgiving terrain, digging holes for shelter.
And when it’s time to strike, they have to be ready – all without being spotted.
Simon spent six years following snipers on training exercises to capture their remarkable ability to blend into their surroundings.
He watched them help each other make their “ghillie suits” using natural elements such as leaves and dead grass to match each landscape.
His series of images – titled Disappearing Act – appear at first glance to be calm and sometimes eerie landscapes, from sunny meadows to mist-shrouded mountains.
Behind each image is a sniper with his weapon pointed directly at the camera.
In some images – including the one on this page – the sniper is only 30 feet away but still very hard to spot.
In real life, the sniper would be at least a quarter mile from the target, who would have no chance of seeing them.
Need a hint? Look at the large bush in the center-left of the image.
Coming out the back, you could pretty much see a flash of the metal rifle sight.
The sniper is circled in a follow-up image below.
Last week, a viral TikTok illusion video challenged viewers to spot the sniper hidden on a rocky mountainside.
Another shows a camouflaged sniper in a clearing who is invisible until he moves to reveal himself.