A shadow, an illusion

This photo is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Illusion.

Wat Sum Pow is a small Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The stairway leading to the entrance of the temple is adorned on each side by a Naga (great snake) being eaten by a Makara (sea monster that is half-fish, half-animal).  According to  The Window to Chiang Mai,

the Naga and Makara symbolize the ties that bind man to the world of illusion, and the path that frees man from that illusion.

The photo below shows the shadow of one of the balustrades.

Here is a photo of the Naga and Makara on the balustrade that cast that shadow.

These photos were taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:

Shadow: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/1250 sec, 20 mm

Balustrade: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/640 sec, 18 mm