Rock formation, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, February 19, 2009

Collections / Pareidolia

Pareidolia is the phenomenon of seeing images of animals and faces in natural and ordinary objects.

Mimetoliths are a form of pareidolia found in rocks that come to mimic recognizable forms through the random processes of formation, weathering and erosion. Usually the rock is larger than the object it resembles, such as a cliff profile resembling a human face.

Once I stumbled on one at City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM I started seeing them all over the Park.