Pareidolia – Birds

Pareidolia – “The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.” ~ Live Science – Pareidolia


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The Daily Post Photo Challenge for this week is Faces, a perfect match for the driftwood I found lying on the beach of the Delaware River in National Park, NJ this past weekend.

Do you see the faces of two birds? I do. I couldn’t leave these pieces of river-drift just lying on the beach to wash back out with the next tide. I don’t know exactly what I will do with them, but I’ve seen some stunning examples of driftwood painted for display. I am wondering if these birds need a bit of paint, or perhaps some feathers. Hmmm…what do you think? Paint, feathers or left au natural???

Pareidolia – Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – The Number One

I enjoy taking part in Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge from time to time. Check out her wonderful blog and the entries listed in the comment section. The challenge for this week is the number one.

“We are starting a new series of topics and it’s is all about numbers. This week’s topic is One Item or the Number 1.”


My entry in the challenge is “One Rock With Many Faces,” a perfect example of Pareidolia. How many faces can you find in my one rock.




Peculiarities – Pareidolia…again

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Yes, I’ll admit it might be a stretch, but doesn’t this oyster shell resemble Moby Dick? Another good example of pareidolia.

Pareidolia –

  1. The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music

Peculiarities – Pareidolia

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What do you see in the photograph above? I see an owl staring back at me from the piece of wood. I found the weathered piece of wood on the beaches of Block Island, Rhode Island. I instantly saw an owl’s face when I gazed at it laying upon the sand. Seeing faces or shapes in clouds, wood or other objects is known as pareidolia. The dictionary defines pareidolia as:

Pareidolia – The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.

I often find faces in rocks. A favorite of mine is pictured below. SPOOKY!!!!

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If you have a few minutes to spare, and want to view more images, type pareidolia into google images.

Another place my husband and I often find strange pictures is on the underside of an oyster shell. I took our oyster shell musings a bit further when I painted the watercolor below. Do you see what I saw and tried to portray? Fun.

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Watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord, Winsor and Newton Paints, Size 5 x 7

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