Pareidolias - Sculptured Rock And Stone Formations
Searching for motifs made by nature is my passion. I found many sculptured rock and stone formations looking like animals or faces and more. And after capturing nice abstract shapes of cave walls, suddenly figures of any kind appeared while viewing them in big on my PC.
In this thread feel free to show us your pareidolias.
The only rule: It should be one of the following: Rock formations - non ball shaped rocks like in my first post. Ball shaped stone formations - mostly made by fluvial erosion like in my second post. Closeups or macros from cave walls, which shows figures of any kind - like in my third post.
Pareidolias are a funny thing. Each person see different things. Or one person see something, but others not. This is a rock formation made by natural erosion. For me it looks like a sitting bird or dog looking to the sea. What do you see? And for me it is like an icon for this sand beach at Parangtritis on Java island in Indonesia. But most tourist just take photos of rocks without seeing this sculpture of a bird, made by nature.
Example for ball shaped stone formation by fluvial erosion.
White frog sculpture from white stone made by fluvial erosion 2 at Parangtritis beach on Java, Indonesia. Now hide from sand. Because nobody else captured this motif that time, I am the only one, who is able to offer it.
We were privileged to see the famous Perce Rock in Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, this summer. It is a huge rock formation with a hole for which it was named (perce means pierced in French). This beautiful view of the Perce Rock was photographed and a texturized effect was added.
@James: What a wonderful nature work! Alien is what you see. A skull of a sheep is what I see. These different imaginations makes it exciting. Bolivia was on my travel dream plans when I was still a pupil of secondary school. Now you gave me a total different reason to keep it in mind and do it one time.
@Marlin and Laura: The perce rock looks fantastic!
This vibrant, colorful watercolor painting captures Arched Rock Sonoma Coast California. The ever-moving coastal fog adds even more beauty to the dramatic coastline off Pacific Coast Highway 1 Bodega Bay.
The beach is named for that big rock in the ocean with a hole in the middle creating a keyhole arch.
The coastline is in constant evolution. The power of the waves & tides alters the seascape. Cliffs get eroded, sea stacks get created, sandy beaches come & go.
I'm not familiar with this term, but maybe this one can apply...
Rock formations in Grand Canyon Arizona
PS: I have another I took long time ago with my first PS digital camera, which I haven't uploaded to FAA because of poor resolution. But I have so many that I haven't uploaded here - it's just impossible :)
Dear members: When you upload here, please include/describe what (kind of pareidolia) you see. Like keyhole from Carlin, Primordial Scream from Tdp or Tatiana could have include she see a face/human head or so.
Thank you for all the post until here!
Even I also like the ones without that pareidolia related work. In this thread there should be a pareidolia and should have stone in any kind included like rock formation or fluvial ball shaped stones or cave walls or hill walls. No woods or plants here right now, please.
And whatever you might see: faces, animals, THINGS (thx to Rose again for that nice example) and of course no must, but always very very welcomed: real painting art from you with or without a photography which inspired you. Great example here from L A!
Let´s search for more pareidolias and post here.
Also allowed: Posting and asking first, what we might see. And later give a comment, what you (the artists) see in it. Its big fun, how different our imaginations can be.
It took me a while to find this photograph of rock formations at the Grand Canyon in Arizona because it's on an old camera. I saw people and it inspired several paintings, below, Women on the Rocks and Colorful Ghosts. I had no idea there was a word for this sort of thing!
This watercolor painting captures Etretat Cliffs glowing in sunlight with reflections on the sea. Étretat in Normandy France is famous for dramatic seaside rock formations. White chalk cliffs tower high over the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean & pebbly beach.
Erosion carved the arch Aval Door, Porte d'Aval & the pointed needle rock, L'Aiguille.
Reynisfjara in Iceland. Standing on this beach and looking south, there's basically no land between you and Antarctica. The western edge of Africa comes close, and there's a couple of small islands (Azores and Cape Verde), but that's it.
This watercolor painting captures the Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon National Park. These arches & upright finger-like hoodoos were created by erosion as rainwater & ice dissolved minerals that hold rocks together.
The beautiful red rock arch window frames a valley of green ponderosa pine forest & distant hills on the horizon. In time, the arch cap rock will erode & create new hoodoos in the remaining upright formations.
The Milky Way above a volcanic rock formation called The Condor in the remote deserts of the Lipez region in southwest Bolivia. Bolivia's a spectacular country with amazing scenery and plenty of culture Kall3bu, well worth visiting if you get the chance!
"Valley of Fire - Poodle Rock" by Patti Deters. If you've ever been to Valley of Fire in Nevada, you've probably seen this cliff formation that looks like the profile of a dog or some other animal (bear?) This type of seeing things in nature is called "pareidolia" - kind of like staring at the clouds on a summer day looking for animal or face shapes. Please enjoy more of my (scenic, landscape, mountains and more!) images at patti-deters.pixels.com.
Valley of Fire - Face in the Rock" by Patti Deters. This is a vertical landscape photograph of a huge desert boulder that appears to have a face in the rocky markings. Formed at Valley of Fire in Nevada. Please enjoy more of my (nature, outdoor, travel) images at patti-deters.pixels.com.
James: ´Bolivia's a spectacular country with amazing scenery and plenty of culture Kall3bu, well worth visiting if you get the chance!´ James is already the second member here, who remembered me my travel plans at high school. Yes, Bolivia was indeed another country, I was interested in visiting. Thank you for one more reason to go there.
And all other posts here bring up travel wishes, too. Thanks to all for the great examples!
Time to show you my personal favorite of my pareidolias. Parangtritis beach was in the past for me just a normal wide sand beach. And yes, also great for sunset photos with reflections. But then I walked until one end of this beach, where rocks nearly block us to pass. There I found my first pareidolias.
This example here took a long time until I got what I see. There was something special in that photo, but what? Then suddenly I saw it: A baby in a womb! Hey, I am pretty sure that many of you do not agree with it and see nothing or just something else. But I see the baby in womb. Even nearly all other examples in my Pareidolia collection on pixels.com are much clearer in what pareidolia they show, until now this is still my favorite.
#Abstract shapes of an unborn baby in womb. A sculptor art by nature, fluvial formed. Photo taken at Parangtritis beach, Java, Indonesia. Now it is covered by two meter beach sand. Seems like I was the only one, who saw this view and took this unique photo in macro. Pareidolia art.#
Btw: There was a time, the sand was taken partly from the sea again. So I hoped to capture this and other motifs again with my new camera. But unfortunately until now the sand is still covering it.
This is one of a number of surreal rock formations in the famous Valle de la Luna / Moon Valley near San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. I don't think it has a name, I can easily imagine it being the head of a long dead dinosaur staring up into the skies from the lifeless landscape. I'm sure others can see other things....!
@ James: In the first second I saw a part of the Sphinx - the right part of your dinosaur head, with the eye looking to the right. But directly after that I indeed saw also this big open mouth of what? Yes, I agree, a dinosaur makes for me also the closed sense. Creeping out of a whole maybe? Nice example! And the background put us also in another kind of world, fits to thousands of years back.
Here's a black and white version of the dinosaur-like rock formation I posted earlier in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The more I look at it the more I like the idea of it being the head of dinosaur merging into the lifeless landscape. There have been some impressive discoveries of remains of dinosaurs in the deserts of northern Chile and southern Peru, and also in neighbouring Argentina and Bolivia. Afaik there have not been any in this particular area yet, though it wouldn't be a surprise if there was one day.....
Before I changed to a premium membership on FAA around two weeks ago, this photo was the most viewed one,
Two smiling Buddha faces made by rock formation and fluvial erosion of a white stone at Parangtritis beach on Java, Indonesia. Now hidden from sand, which makes it unique, because only me captured it that moment.
If you move just a few centimeter to the right or left or up, the faces would not appear like that.
This image was taken hiking on a trail in Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. What I see in the rock formation on the left is the image of a face looking out and perhaps more importantly keeping watch over the canyon lands.
@Her arts desire: Wonderful examples! I guess, the caterpillar - or what ever we see in it - is visible like that from many perspectives. The face you captured instead seems to be visible from exactly that perspective only, which makes it for me more interesting. Not everyone will see it while passing by.
Two smiling Buddha faces made by rock formation and fluvial erosion of a white stone at Parangtritis beach on Java, Indonesia. Now hidden from sand, which makes it unique, because only me captured it that moment. Edit version.
Not sure if it strictly counts as pareidolia as it is partly man made, this large face is said to be of the great Andean creator god Viracocha who figures prominently in Andean ancient creation legends. It is made of natural formations that have been altered by the Incas and is on the side of the rocky mountain that overlooks Ollantaytambo (an important Inca town and ceremonial centre) in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, Peru.
Dawn mist in one of the extensive and surreal regions of volcano rock outcrops and formations in southwest Bolivia. You can see / imagine all sorts of figures in these depending on the light. The profile of a face on the right is pretty obvious in this one, imaginative Catholics would also probably see a figure of the Virgin Mary (facing right) holding a child in the centre
@James: Well, if I would be strictly, it might not count as pareidolia made by nature. But I like it very much. Others might do not know the background of the history and would think it is just natural pareidolia. I thank you very much for this nice example. And you remember me one scenery I captured here very close to my house in Indonesia: It looks like a monkey and depending on the kind of view, maybe others would not know it was made by humans, who work in a quarry. And even these workers did not know, that they were creating this face of a monkey. They just followed the less strong stones to take away and the result got this. Really funny. I should go there again, if it already disappeared or not. So, my example is also not strictly fit with my own theme, but interesting, right? I should have made a wider theme range of pareidolias maybe. I thought there would be to many, if I allow to many kinds of pareidolias. Maybe later I will open a new thread for ALL kinds of pareidolias, after this thread - whenever - will be closed.
Not sharp and to bad for sale, but here just to give an idea of the quarry.
Small reminder: Search for pareidolias in your collection and add here.
Kissing stones close up in white. A sculptor art by nature. The one on the right looks like a skeleton. Photo taken at Parangtritis beach, Java, Indonesia. Now it is covered by 2 meter beach sand. Seems like I was the only one, who saw this view and took this unique photo.
This thread will be closed in 2 days. It would be nice, if you have some images fits with the theme and post it here. Seems like the theme was to special by reducing it on stone related examples. Maybe be later I will open a new thread, but then with ALL KINDS of pareidolias.
Here are my last examples, which hopefully remember you about some images you have and can post here.
Closeup from a skull of an animal in golden yellow colors with black border made by fluvial erosion of coast rock stones at Parangtritis beach on Java island in Indonesia, good for Halloween.
Yellow white kissing stones close up. A sculptor art by nature. The one on the right looks like a skeleton. Good for Halloween. Photo taken at Parangtritis beach, Java, Indonesia. Now it is covered by 2 meter beach sand. Seems like I was the only one, who saw this view and took this unique photo.
Smooth abstract shapes on cream white flowing stone cave wall, which looks like cave painting of a bird.
A white snowman chiseled in a stonewall in black and white monochrome. In real a result from scratched rock in a quarry.