Zoomorphic Pareidolia

Many people have seen faces or strange shapes in clouds or other objects. This psychological phenomenon is called pareidolia. According to Wikipedia, pareidolia “involv[es] a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.” It “is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.”

This week’s post features rocks that most of us will perceive as animals, a phenomenon known as zoomorphic pareidolia. These rocks are found throughout the world in a variety of settings, including arid regions and rocky coasts.

Source: “Pareidolia” – Wikipedia

Bear Rocks

Capo dorso.JPG

By Tobias Helfrich (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

photo of Capo d'Orso rock formation
Bär des Capo d’Orso
created 25. Sep. 2005

 

Tourists at Capo d’Orso, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.jpg

Marek Slusarczyk [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tourists at Capo d'Orso rock, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.
Tourists at Capo d’Orso rock, Palau, Sardinia, Italy.
17 July 2005

 

Bear Rocks.jpg

By Arkoudes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

the Bear Rocks off the coast of Milos
The Bear Rocks off the coast of Milos taken by my own camera on a boat.
[Editor’s Note: Milos Island is located in Greece.]

 

Bear.rock.JPG

By Vihou World (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Arkoudes (The Bear Rock) off the shore of Milos Island.
Arkoudes (The Bear Rock) off the shore of Milos Island.
22 August 2014

 

Camel Rocks

Yehliu – Camel Rock.jpg

By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel's head rock in Yehliu Geopark, on the north coast of Taiwan
Camel’s head rock in Yehliu Geopark, on the north coast of Taiwan
13 March 2011

 

Tineida02CamelRock.jpg

Roland Unger [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel rock south of Tineida, el-Dakhla depression, Libyan Desert, Egypt
Camel rock south of Tineida, el-Dakhla depression, Libyan Desert, Egypt
17 February 2002

 

WhiteDesertCamel.jpg

Roland Unger [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Camel rock in the White desert, Qasr el-Dakhla, Western desert, Egypt
Camel rock in the White desert, Qasr el-Dakhla, Western desert, Egypt
6 March 2011

 

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rock.JPG

By Cesco77 Francesco Canu (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Elephant Rock in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy
Elephant Rock in Castelsardo, Sardinia, Italy. This natural sculpture made by wind and rain has a Domus de janas [a type of prehistoric chamber tomb] inside of it.
22 May 2009

 

Elephant Rock – Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA.jpg

By InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA (Valley of Fire State Park) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 

photo of Elephant Rock in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
One of the crown jewels of Nevada State Parks system, Valley of Fire is a nice day trip from Las Vegas, and offers many hiking opportunities.
This is Elephant Rock, located at the eastern entrance of the park. The leftmost “pillar” does look like an elephant nose.
31 December 2011, 14:21
Source: Valley of Fire State Park

 

The elephant rock near Prilep (1).JPG

By ГП (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The elephant rock near Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
The elephant rock near Prilep, Republic of Macedonia
12 May 2012

 

Elephnat Illizi Algeria.jpg

By Gruban / Patrick Gruban from Munich, Germany (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Saltwork formation in the shape of elephant - location: Sahara, Illizi, Algeria
Saltwork formation in the shape of elephant (Sahara ; Illizi, Algeria)
April 15, 2006
Source: Flickr

 

On an unrelated note, this is my 100th post! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Zoomorphic Pareidolia

    1. Yes, those rocks are fun to look at! I try to see them as rocks and not animals, but it is hard to do. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. I also appreciate the likes for this post and “After a Halloween Rain.” I hope you have a great week ahead. 🙂

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