The image was so lifelike, in fact, that Inman-Ahlstrom needed to examine it closer to be sure it hadn't been put there by a human hand: "It was crusty and lumpy, like pigeon poop, so it didn’t seem like anyone painted it," he said. "It was really there."
After snapping a photo of the leaf, the couple placed it back on the path, hoping it might blow someone else's mind, too. Later on, Inman-Ahlstrom posted the photo to Reddit, where it was met with some understandable skepticism.
"People thought we’d Photoshopped it. So I offered to go back to the park to look for the leaf," Inman-Ahlstrom said. And sure enough, they found it again. "We picked it up and took it home. Yeah, it was kind of weird."