1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data This is not really a homework or coursework question, but might be of interest to readers of this forum. It concerns what I have viewed on two separate occasions which baffles me. The setup was different it the two instances, but there are similar elements in both. In both cases I saw an enlarged "image" of some small structures that was positioned at quite a distance from me. They were illuminated by a bright distant source from behind the fine structure of which I saw an enlarged "image". In the one case the fine structure was my hair which was illuminated from behind by a distant bright light bulb (thus a point source producing plane waves). By looking at it in a mirror in front of me I saw the hair (and my ear :) ) greatly enlarged. The mirror was covered by (very fine) condensation drops (from a hot shower). I was wondering how such small condensation drops can be responsible for seeing an enlarged image? In the other case the enlarged image did not persist. It dissappeared when I blinked, so the way it was produced might not be similar. Again a distant bright light source (a street lamp) illuminated a fine structure - in this case the weave pattern of a curtain (at night time with the room in darkness). I saw a greatly enlarged image of the weave pattern of the curtain (which was located several meters away from me). This was quite a baffling experience that I am having difficulty in understanding. Maybe someone can throw some light on the matter :) 2. Relevant equations diffraction of light? (by the small structures - hair, threads in the curtain) interference of light? (of the waves from the diffraction created by the edges of the small structures, allthough in the first instance I also saw an enlarged image of my ear :) ) refraction of light? (by the small condensation drops - light being reflected back from back side of drops) 3. The attempt at a solution Could these setups produce an enlarged virtual nearby image for me to view? I must add that I am nearsighted and in both cases I saw these without any glasses. The second instance produced a redicously enlarged image of the weave.