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Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 10, 2009 - 11:58am PT
It seems like people often see things in the clouds or the rocks that look like something familliar. We might say "Hey that looks like Yogi the Bear!" Or may be something like "Doesn't that cloud look like the car in Back to the Future", or something along those lines of conversation.

Post up your pics that look like something else. I'll start.

Here's a rock formation in the South Platte of Colorado I took last year. Only when I got home & looked at the pic did I see the 60's girl. I cropped the pic for you to minimize distractions.



I think it looks kind of like Mary Tyler Moore or a girl from the 1960's.

Let's see what you folks have.
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:20pm PT
Can you crop it a little more?
I can't stop seeing anything but the chameleon...
Bart Fay

Social climber
Redlands, CA
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:20pm PT
Is this one of those MagicPicture deals where you ave to stare at it crosseyed ?
Can you give us a hint ? Are the triangle rocks supposed to be her cat ears ?
nature

climber
Tucson, AZ
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:21pm PT
why's everyone looking at me?
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2009 - 12:22pm PT
She's on the left, with her hand touching her chin, looking down & to the right. She has a big up-do hairstyle.



Here's a even more cropped version

Edit: the shot is just of her head & face.
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:33pm PT
I see Marvin the Martian, but not Mary Tyler Moore.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:34pm PT
Weed.... it's not just for breakfast any more.

oh shiit edit! I see it!
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2009 - 12:34pm PT
How about this:


Russ Walling

Social climber
Upper Fupa, North Dakota
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:36pm PT
In the second one I see and old man with a wrinkly penis carrying an orange, 4 paper clips, and a toilet brush.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:40pm PT
From my previous backyard of Paradise Valley, MT.


Jesus, or Ted Nugent--you decide.


edit: for the optically challenged


(photos lifted from Google Images)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:41pm PT
I can see the dog and the raccoon in the first one, but the 60s woman must be hiding behind that big rock.

But how about this: Looks like my partner's about to walk into the mouth of a giant JTree Pirhana


Edit: Okay, I see the woman now. But I'd say the hairstyle is more Tabloid Alien than 60s human. But can you see the big dog below her?
Bart Fay

Social climber
Redlands, CA
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:48pm PT
Wait...Wait.. ! I see it now !
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:50pm PT
If you squint real hard, it looks like some of our presidents faces in this.

drljefe

climber
Toostoned, AZ
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:56pm PT
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:57pm PT
Some doggies in Lassen's back country, pic by Timid T.
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Feb 10, 2009 - 12:58pm PT
those are seahorses
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:05pm PT




Oh, I thought you said Nature's face. . .
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2009 - 01:06pm PT
Great additions! I love the big fish & the sea-horse/doggies.

The big chief/ted nugent thing is cool too.

Does anybody have a pic of the "black cat" on El Cap? It's over by the Tangerine Trip.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:07pm PT
Rob Brown took this picture of John Stark and me "seeing" things in the stone...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:13pm PT
I can see the first one now.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:15pm PT
I keep seeing the Virgin Mary.
MisterE

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:22pm PT
Pumphouse Wash, Flagstaff AZ



View from "The Pirate", Sedona AZ

bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Feb 10, 2009 - 01:36pm PT
Dr. Strangelove

Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 10, 2009 - 02:27pm PT


Possibly "the" Grimface on Grimface Mtn.



smiley face lake in the Cascades.



shocked huecos, Valley of Fire, NV


sunset face on Gimli south arete



Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:33pm PT
ET is watching you!

mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:37pm PT



Nice kitty...


edit: more from Google Images
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:40pm PT
That second one looks photoshopped.
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:42pm PT
I believe that it WAS photoshopped, and then sent around the web as real.

No climber in his/her right mind would think that the cat formation is genuine.

Good call...
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:44pm PT
MisterE

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:44pm PT
Hawk Rock at Hueco Tanks:

MisterE

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:47pm PT
Hmmm....

Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:54pm PT
That pic gets you ahead
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Feb 10, 2009 - 03:58pm PT
All I can say is it's a good thing I'm not trippin'...
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Feb 10, 2009 - 04:13pm PT
some of these are really wonderful!

I don't have any that I recall, though....
Walleye

climber
Inking the deal at Ralph Spoilsport Motors
Feb 10, 2009 - 04:27pm PT
My wife with our friend from the front yard.

W.J.F
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Feb 10, 2009 - 08:22pm PT
Which one is your wife?
Indianclimber

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Feb 10, 2009 - 08:58pm PT
Barker dam area

noshoesnoshirt

climber
dangling off a wind turbine in a town near you
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:02pm PT
climbrunride

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:18pm PT
Back to the original pic:

That's NOT a 60's girl, it's an Arab with a big grey beard and one of those big, round, poofy hats. His magic carpet is out of view.
climbrunride

Trad climber
Durango, CO
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:29pm PT
Chief Tenaya, blatantly stolen from MountainProject.com


Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:47pm PT
The little rollerskater of Sequoia



I swear this is for real! It is a shadow cast on these slabs opposite Bearpaw Meadows every evening! I don't know what is hanging out of his shirt pocket, maybe his slingshot?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:54pm PT
I am so blind...and NO it's not because I've been doing anything "bad" ! bwahahaha

This is THE BEST THREAD in MANY MOONS. I am so laughing, finally. Used to laugh daily on the taco...then it got zo zerious for month after month. YE HAW !!!!! Hilarity is GRATE !

Thank yo SO very Much !!!!!!! LRL
Double D

climber
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:57pm PT



Marcoausi Peru

Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Feb 10, 2009 - 09:59pm PT
On the way to Gem Lake in RMNP ... A boulder with attitude.



Here, below, I see Snoopy from the Peanuts gang...


This is on the McGregor ranch property at Lumpy Ridge. Some also see a well endowed woman sitting on Snoopy's head....hmmm.



Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2009 - 10:56pm PT
These are great pics folks!

I knew more pics would get posted.

My favorite is the "Little Rollerskater in Sequoia". That is so cool. So many other worthy pics.

Hey Bluering, you're right about the girl looking like an ayatolla or some turban wearing man with a beard. Funny how things change with a little new perspective.

Thanks to all who've contributed!
Walleye

climber
Inking the deal at Ralph Spoilsport Motors
Feb 10, 2009 - 11:45pm PT
That's a good one Mr.DD
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2009 - 02:00am PT
I found it!! Tom Evans' shot with the "Black Cat" in it.


Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 11, 2009 - 02:26am PT
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Feb 11, 2009 - 10:19am PT
What a cool fun, thread Bill!
Radish

Trad climber
Seki, California
Feb 11, 2009 - 10:22am PT
Actually a nice boulder problem too, first hand jam goes right in there!
MisterE

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Feb 11, 2009 - 11:25am PT
Well if it's going to be THAT kind of a party...

City of Rocks NM (from the web):

Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Feb 12, 2009 - 02:57am PT
I found this twenty-five-dollar word on Wikipedia:

Pareidolia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term pareidolia (pronounced /praɪˈdoʊliə/) describes a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- "beside", "with" or "alongside"- meaning, in this context, something faulty or wrong (as in paraphasia, disordered speech)and eidolon"image" (the diminutive of eidos"image", "form", "shape"). Pareidolia is a type of apophenia (i.e., the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data).


Bernard Madoff's nonsense blatherings induced a state of pareidolia in his victims, inspiring confidence in his non-existent investment scheme.
 Dr. Johnson
Loomis

climber
*_*
Feb 12, 2009 - 03:20am PT
Wow, I think I'm seeing things!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Feb 12, 2009 - 08:10am PT
Those rocks at Lumpy.... wish I could find a photo, but from the parking lot, they totally look like ET bestowing, uhm, oral treats on a fellow standing up.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Feb 12, 2009 - 11:42am PT
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Feb 12, 2009 - 11:45am PT
A distant Monkey Face.

richross

Trad climber
gunks,ny
Feb 12, 2009 - 11:49am PT
Me and Abe Lincohn.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:30pm PT
bump
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:34pm PT
I wonder who will be the first to report seeing Michael Jackson's face on their French toast?
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:43pm PT
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:45pm PT
Saw the eye in Desolation Wilderness yesterday.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jun 30, 2009 - 04:52pm PT
Who and what you see says a lot . . .



Who is this in a regmaglypt ? A study in pareidolia.
Sikhote-Alin, Iron meteorite, Russia


This should be more famous than toast.
Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:03pm PT





San Francisco Bay Area, called the 'Helmet'?
(surrounding area lightened for clarity).
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:10pm PT


To me they look like some crazy version of Russian Dolls (hint, the big guy's smiling, the little one's frowning).

GO
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
Stich, I think, has a fine Cthulu photo somewheres.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:21pm PT
What I see in this thread is an amazing amount of drug use! Even after the authors point things out, I still can't see half the stuff mentioned here. Seems others feel the same too. hahaha

The least you guys could do is share, so we can see too!
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
The least you guys could do is share, so we can see too!

Does this help?



Edited to add - in case you don't know what Russian Dolls are:



GO
GOclimb

Trad climber
Boston, MA
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:50pm PT
Can you see the noseless ghoul?



GO
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 30, 2009 - 05:56pm PT
scooby doo rock in cabo

MisterE

Trad climber
One Step Beyond!
Jun 30, 2009 - 06:08pm PT
It might be hard to see the Crazy Horse face, but if you squint just right...

First to the top on the Volksmarch 1999 (picture taken by worker):

MisterE

Social climber
Cinderella Story, Outa Nowhere
May 14, 2011 - 11:33am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#202184
nature

climber
Railay, Thailand
May 14, 2011 - 11:35am PT
there was something about this thread that always freaked me out....
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
May 14, 2011 - 12:43pm PT
The obvious
The Half Dome Man
The Half Dome Man
Credit: Adamame
The dream of..
A happy Connor.
A happy Connor.
Credit: Adamame
Somewhere up on North Dome
Moss Toungue
Moss Toungue
Credit: Adamame
Those almost look like real lakes...
Tuolumne Lake
Tuolumne Lake
Credit: Adamame
MisterE

Social climber
Cinderella Story, Outa Nowhere
May 14, 2011 - 01:35pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#202219
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
May 14, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
The reason why we see faces in objects is because we have a specialized area of the brain, called the infotemporal cortex, that distinguishes faces. In contrast, people that have damage to this area cannot distinguish faces. To them, faces appear as a jumbled mess. Crazy!
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
May 15, 2011 - 01:47am PT
hb81

climber
May 15, 2011 - 06:19am PT
Credit: hb81

Alien

Credit: hb81

and its mommy


They're right next to each other.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 15, 2011 - 09:42am PT
a Death Valley ghost


DMT
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
May 15, 2011 - 09:57am PT



I see something, but nothing familiar
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 15, 2011 - 01:58pm PT
Telemond: The left part of that pic looks like an Hawaiian ali'i warrior carrying a spear with his helmet, Mohawk-like atop is head.

Here's the "Old Lady of the Woods" that was visible from "Northside Drive" BITD.

The "Old Lady of the Woods" from BITD.
The "Old Lady of the Woods" from BITD.
Credit: BooDawg



Randisi

Boulder climber
Soon to be in China
May 15, 2011 - 02:05pm PT
Well, this is loosely "in nature" and of course it was bound to come up:

photo not found
Missing photo ID#202374

Looks more like a chimpanzee face to me.

By the way, it is interesting how difficult it is to capture these "faces" on film. Something about the difference between our perceptual physiology and that of cameras. Perhaps it's akin to how embarrassingly low angle slabs can seem in climbing pictures.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 15, 2011 - 02:23pm PT
Here's one from Volcanoes National Park

A section of a spatter rampart, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
A section of a spatter rampart, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Credit: BooDawg
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 15, 2011 - 04:42pm PT

If you look closely, you can see Locker in this one!!!!

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 15, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
That does look like the cosmic locker bobblehead.

DMT
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
May 17, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
Cool thread!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 18, 2011 - 02:02pm PT
"That does look like the cosmic locker bobblehead."





Bowser

Trad climber
Red River NM
May 18, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
skull
skull
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser
MisterE

Social climber
May 14, 2012 - 07:04pm PT
Saw this one at the Pratt's Crack area in Pine Creek Canyon yesterday:

MisterE

Social climber
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Bump for Midnight Rock - Trippy:

Highlights of natural features
Highlights of natural features
Credit: MisterE
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 8, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 9, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
Nick

climber
portland, Oregon
Mar 9, 2013 - 10:17pm PT
Mr. Grumpy
Mr. Grumpy
Credit: Nick
weezy

climber
Mar 10, 2013 - 03:12am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 10, 2013 - 06:15am PT
Cork oak.
Cork oak.
Credit: mouse from merced
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:22am PT
Hiked out to look at a pending project today, and remembered this thread.
Credit: T H
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:34am PT
The Elephant Tree of Puppy Dome:

Credit: Fletcher
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:38am PT
Just back from Jackson Hole, where I learned there is a Sleeping Indian (aka Sheep Mountain):

Credit: Fletcher

Tons of Bighorn out there... we saw about 50 just outside of Jackson in the Elk Refuge.

Eric
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:40am PT
Alex Riley in the Tetons
Alex Riley in the Tetons
Credit: wilbeer
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:51am PT
Che Gueverra showed up on our ascent of the Papillon Ridge on the Aiguille du Peigne.



matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:54am PT
horsing around in Peru..



Credit: matty
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Triceratops!

Credit: Reilly

...or was it a giant weevil?
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
Looks more like Rosie O'donald or Oprah when shes in very heavy mode than a girl from the 60s Levy.


craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Credit: craig mo
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Can't seem to find Che
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
TheTye, look on the fin of rock above and just right of the climber.
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Mar 12, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
I kinda wish I couldn't see the face in this one, but oh well...

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Wow, how'd I miss this one before?


I'm lookin...
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
hmmmm
hmmmm
Credit: limpingcrab
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Mar 21, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Ah... there it is.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Jul 3, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

Big Belt Mountains,Montucky

Credit: wilbeer
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 3, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Well...maybe not a face.....but perhaps the largest male appendage ever seen in stone.....at Quail Springs, Joshua Tree

: )


Credit: Cragman
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 3, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 3, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Credit: little Z
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 3, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
An alien predator.
An alien predator.
Credit: mouse from merced
Rockfish.
Rockfish.
Credit: mouse from merced
Smoochie-smoochie!
Smoochie-smoochie!
Credit: mouse from merced
My favorite salad is rock-it leaves, but any veg will do.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 7, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Who cares about age spots, anyway?  At least now I get to sleep at las...
Who cares about age spots, anyway? At least now I get to sleep at last without all that chattering.
Credit: mouse from merced
sangoma

Trad climber
south africa
Jul 7, 2013 - 03:25am PT
dinasour head
dinasour head
Credit: sangoma
Gordons Bay CapeTown ...my private play ground
Gordons Bay CapeTown ...my private play ground
Credit: sangoma
and the little devil man
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2013 - 05:18am PT
Lenoak.
Lenoak.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 10, 2013 - 02:13am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#324791
Aw, now...
dave goodwin

climber
carson city, nv
Oct 10, 2013 - 10:46am PT
"Lady of the Lake"
"Lady of the Lake"
Credit: dave goodwin
Johnny K.

climber
Oct 10, 2013 - 11:19am PT

MisterE

climber
Oct 18, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Reminds me of rock cod fishing, when they come up from the deep often their tongues are all distended...

Joshua Tree fish-head
Joshua Tree fish-head
Credit: MisterE
MisterE

climber
Oct 21, 2013 - 01:30am PT
This link is pretty cool and belongs here:

http://www.buzzly.fr/20-visages-caches-de-notre-quotidien.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 24, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
R.M. Nixon?

pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
Credit: pud
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Don't worry be happy!
Don't worry be happy!
Credit: RyanD
WBraun

climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
You people have good eyeballs ..... :-)
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Oct 26, 2013 - 01:46am PT
Near Leaning Tower parking lot - El Cap background.
Credit: McHale's Navy
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Oct 26, 2013 - 02:16am PT
On a hike yesterday just outside of Dalian. It's a tough one to see...

photo not found
Missing photo ID#327311
MisterE

climber
Oct 26, 2013 - 02:20am PT
This is my favorite thread EVER!

Thanks Bill.

JTree shark
JTree shark
Credit: MisterE

Credit: MisterE



rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Oct 26, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Credit: rincon
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Oct 26, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Rocky DiPrima starring in Tortouse La Trek.
Credit: McHale's Navy
MisterE

climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Saw this one today at Malibu Creek State Park - we call him Swamp Guy:

Credit: MisterE
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Nov 5, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
At the Bloqueando bouldering fiesta at Challku Punku near Sajama last weekend:

Credit: CClarke
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 5, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
No Faces
Credit: McHale's Navy
and then the seal in the middle broke the silence.
richross

Trad climber
Nov 5, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Credit: richross
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
Nov 5, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
There're definitely spirits in the mountains...
MisterE

climber
Nov 12, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Rock Whisperer
Rock Whisperer
Credit: MisterE
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 12, 2013 - 10:24am PT
E took that photo up at Dairy Queen^^^. We could only see the second "whispering" face in the photograph... it wasn't visible looking at the rock in person for some reason.

To me it looks like the droopy-nose face is smiling and squeezing his eyes shut while getting a kiss on the cheek from the second rock .
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 12, 2013 - 11:37am PT
I just learned of the artist that did this. He died recently. This is from his Ener-Chi website
Credit: McHale's Navy

richross

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Credit: richross
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 14, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Large nosed Pharaoh ? <br/>
 <br/>
Large nosed Pharaoh ?


Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Nov 14, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Credit: cintune
MisterE

climber
Nov 18, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park
Credit: MisterE
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 18, 2013 - 06:47am PT
Cintune,

Is that "The Cobra" at Governor's Stables, PA?
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Nov 18, 2013 - 09:35am PT
Nope, but close, "Islander" at Mt. Gretna, another diabase area about 20 miles east of GS.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:05am PT
"The Islander" was my first guess. I did the problem about six years ago.

But I checked some pics on the Internet to compare. Somehow they looked different. Perhaps due to your photo editing.
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:22am PT
They are similar. Cobra is a little more overhung, but the holds are also a little more generous.
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Nov 18, 2013 - 01:27pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#303622
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Nov 18, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
subtle Go-B
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 18, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Really, Skip, I suppose we ought to go and forget about climbing this weekend.
Credit: mouse from merced
Yeah, Erik. I sure wanna go back to Malibu, though...
What to do, what to do.
What to do, what to do.
Credit: mouse from merced
Where to go, where to go?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 19, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Just read the first 15 or so posts. Thought I'd die laughing......Still laughing.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 19, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
C. Leverly, inventor of the faux-tograph, disguised as Art of Boxing, ...
C. Leverly, inventor of the faux-tograph, disguised as Art of Boxing, and tells it like it is.
Credit: Howard Gotellem
Sluggo.
Sluggo.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Forest moss-backed shark.
Forest moss-backed shark.
Credit: mouse from merced
The ancient Bludgemelon breed makes a grate fireplace dog, passive and...
The ancient Bludgemelon breed makes a grate fireplace dog, passive and attentive both at once. Near Jerseydale.
Credit: mouse from merced
MisterE

climber
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:44am PT
Yesterday:

Credit: MisterE
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 20, 2013 - 01:07am PT
MisterE

climber
Nov 20, 2013 - 01:10am PT
FortMental - Jabba the Rock!
QITNL

climber
Nov 20, 2013 - 01:10am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Logging off for the winter on the Main Canal.
Credit: mouse from merced
Irrigation season is over. It's time to lay here and rest. I'll get to Lake Yosemite in the late spring. Time to hibernate. Nice location and the rent is squat.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 9, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
MisterE

climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Credit: MisterE
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 9, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Credit: Ksolem
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Dec 17, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
El Cap
Credit: McHale's Navy
Kings River
Credit: McHale's Navy
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 24, 2013 - 05:33am PT
Eagle Peak, the Higher Brother, or Mike, as I call him.
Eagle Peak, the Higher Brother, or Mike, as I call him.
Credit: mouse from merced
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Dec 24, 2013 - 08:38am PT
Not only the eyes see the familiar in nature, but also the ears.

How many times have you thought you heard voices while in the woods?
rurprider

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Dec 24, 2013 - 09:28am PT
Anyone see the heart in this photo?
Anyone see the heart in this photo?
Credit: rurprider
[photo
Can you make out the Elephant Head?
Can you make out the Elephant Head?
Credit: rurprider
id=336899]
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
climber bob

Social climber
maine
Dec 28, 2013 - 08:58am PT
ship rock Peabody mass.easter islandish face over her right shoulder..
ship rock Peabody mass.easter islandish face over her right shoulder..
Credit: climber bob
saw this pic immediately after seeing this thread..
Charlie B

Social climber
Santa Rosa, Ca
Dec 28, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Skull rock
Skull rock
Credit: Charlie B

Does anyone have the pic that was in an old rock and ice or climbing mag of what they call "chief Tenaya watching" or something down in Tenaya canyon?
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Dec 28, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Credit: LilaBiene
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jan 2, 2014 - 10:25pm PT
i was kicked back in the tub,
under the influence of exertion-induced-exhaustion
after my day in the trees.

at the threshold i noticed an impending union,
or at least an optimistic pursuit of passion,

Credit: Norwegian

it appears that she's into
the irish. now i have a drinking
buddy to keep me mind company,
(once i climb down from the wagon,
that is.)
Credit: Norwegian

her womb is completely barren in this picture.
i bettcha if i check back in some time,
i'll find a new grain or knot or
other depiction of alchemic fornications.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jan 2, 2014 - 11:22pm PT
Credit: T H
ken reed

Trad climber
id
Jan 3, 2014 - 06:14pm PT
Credit: ken reed
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 4, 2014 - 09:31pm PT
Credit: pyro
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 4, 2014 - 10:01pm PT
LOVE THE LAST TWO PIX !!!!!

This is such a cool thread.
E Robinson

climber
Salinas, CA
Jan 4, 2014 - 11:38pm PT
Figured this belongs in here...the view of Clouds Rest from Escape from Freedom
Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest
Credit: E Robinson
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jan 4, 2014 - 11:50pm PT
^^ Chief Tenaya http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1907563
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jan 6, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
Credit: T H
MisterE

climber
Jan 7, 2014 - 12:34am PT
Skully's watching you...

;)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 10, 2014 - 08:45pm PT
Fleece pull-over.
Fleece pull-over.
Credit: mouse from merced
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jan 11, 2014 - 12:27am PT
Credit: T H
Dr Lefttoe

climber
Jan 11, 2014 - 12:53am PT
Credit: Dr Lefttoe
Enty

Trad climber
Jan 11, 2014 - 06:22am PT
Some gritstone for ya.....

Credit: Unknown - sorry

Credit: unknown - sorry

Credit: Unknown - sorry
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 11, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
I pass this cartoon profile every day.

Credit: Edge

Credit: Edge

The long, diagonal ridge that it sits atop looks like it would have a killer six pitch route, if you want to climb up repeatedly in the two o'clock direction.

McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jan 18, 2014 - 03:47pm PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2014 - 04:24pm PT
McHale's That is a great shot! I like the eyelashes.

This thread has some terrific photos. This crowd at ST really gets around.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jan 18, 2014 - 06:09pm PT
I cannot tell a lie. The others I've posted have been mine, but somebody put this on my Facebook page today, so I rushed right over here with it. I don't know where it is.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Feb 1, 2014 - 01:34am PT
There's a face in there somewhere! I wanted to do a climb in there so I could name it Eyesnotnoses. It comes out eyes, snot, noses if you say it fast!

Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
Then there's this
Credit: McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Feb 7, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
Here's one from Dave Kirk in the Alabama Hills.
Credit: McHale's Navy
MisterE

climber
Feb 7, 2014 - 10:59pm PT
Zoom-in from the Woodfords thread:

Credit: MisterE

and check out Pete Towsend in the middle lower left!
Chim-Chim

climber
Feb 10, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
MisterE, That's the Hand Banana Wall... Call me Spaghetti.
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Feb 21, 2014 - 04:33am PT
Cool Thread



My friend Rocky
My friend Rocky
Credit: Chewybacca
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 3, 2014 - 09:10am PT
Hi there, it's just me, Nahanni, up here in North North America.
Hi there, it's just me, Nahanni, up here in North North America.
Credit: mouse from merced
Climbing where there's nobody else at all.  Nahanni River.  Jeremy Col...
Climbing where there's nobody else at all. Nahanni River. Jeremy Collins narrates his adventures.
Credit: mouse from merced
Art by Jeremy Collins from The Wolf and the Medallion.
Art by Jeremy Collins from The Wolf and the Medallion.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
perswig

climber
Apr 17, 2014 - 04:48pm PT


Dale
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Apr 17, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
The legendary "Sleeping Lady of Kosrae" in Micronesia.
Credit: Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Apr 17, 2014 - 06:10pm PT
A closeup of the "Sleeping Lady of Kosrae."
Credit: Floyd Hayes
Sanskara

climber
Apr 17, 2014 - 06:11pm PT
See this place really does have some unique content and substance. I missed this thread till now.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 25, 2014 - 11:55pm PT
Close up of a mega panorama of Cannon Cliff. Note the climbers.

Screen shot of Cannon Cliff
Screen shot of Cannon Cliff
Credit: Edge
MisterE

climber
May 9, 2014 - 11:52am PT
Angry clouds yelling at each other:

Credit: MisterE
Banzai

Trad climber
Montreal
May 9, 2014 - 02:45pm PT
Credit: Banzai
mhay

climber
Bishop, CA
May 9, 2014 - 04:23pm PT
http://www.theonion.com/articles/4-incredible-rocks-that-look-just-like-people,35990/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=LinkPreview:1:Default
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 12, 2014 - 09:18pm PT
Who
Credit: mike m
Who
Credit: mike m
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 18, 2014 - 09:08pm PT
Credit: mike m
richross

Trad climber
May 18, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
Credit: richross
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 28, 2014 - 08:00pm PT
Merced R near The Rostrum.
Merced R near The Rostrum.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ot maybe Generator Crack area. Or Steamboat.

wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
May 28, 2014 - 08:16pm PT
Credit: wilbeer

In Pennsylvania the other morning.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 28, 2014 - 09:55pm PT
General George Washington Toadstool.  THIS very morning.
General George Washington Toadstool. THIS very morning.
Credit: mouse from merced
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
May 28, 2014 - 10:17pm PT
http://www.theclinic.cl/2014/01/22/una-loquilla-formaciones-de-alta-connotacion-sexual-en-la-naturaleza/
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
May 29, 2014 - 12:39am PT
This is me on some mid-range .11 at Red Rocks. Check out the face above me.

Credit: mooser
rurprider

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
May 29, 2014 - 01:07am PT
Someone saw an elephant head here.
Credit: rurprider
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 17, 2014 - 03:07pm PT
A rock madonna and child on the Merced at Slate Creek .
A rock madonna and child on the Merced at Slate Creek .
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 11, 2014 - 11:39pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jul 12, 2014 - 06:14am PT
Woman Shopping at Madison Avenue and Guignol.
Credit: Walleye
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12am PT
Tree fungus smiley (today)
Credit: T H
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 22, 2014 - 10:30am PT
Fruitless Mulberry-Face.
Fruitless Mulberry-Face.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dickbob

climber
Westminster Colorado
Jul 29, 2014 - 07:55am PT
The Ice Box wall at Eleven Mile Canyon
Credit: Dickbob
Klimmer

Mountain climber
Jul 29, 2014 - 10:14am PT
The phenomenon and concept is called:

Pareidolia


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia


The famous image by Galen Rowell of Ron Kauk sport climbing "Endless Bummer" with a profile of the rock has many faces in it. I have a signed copy by Galen of the large poster nicely framed and I stare at it and the more I do I find more and more faces. It's weird. I'll have to try and find that image somewhere on the "internets" and post it.


Here is the image. Don't really want to post it since its coming right from Corbis.
http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/GR004606/rock-climber-on-endless-bummer?popup=1&caller=enlargement

How many faces do you see? I count at least 7.
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 30, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
Pareidolia (/prɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces, in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

Kind of like seeing a spaceship on the moon, no?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 31, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
Jack O'Landsend.  Happy heat wave, California!!
Jack O'Landsend. Happy heat wave, California!!
Credit: mouse from merced
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Aug 3, 2014 - 12:09pm PT
From the land of Ents... Treebeard sleeps
From the land of Ents... Treebeard sleeps
Credit: Jerry Dodrill
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 3, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
Nice one, Jerry! Mine kinda looks like a sock monkey...

"How's your aspen?"
"How's your aspen?"
Credit: Edge
E Robinson

climber
Salinas, CA
Aug 3, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
A little racy maybe
Credit: E Robinson
this just in

climber
north fork
Aug 3, 2014 - 06:37pm PT
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Aug 9, 2014 - 12:12am PT
Credit: T H
Credit: T H
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 12, 2014 - 01:39am PT
El Cap is a Bleeding Heart liberal.
El Cap is a Bleeding Heart liberal.
Credit: mouse from merced
I see several faces here.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 12, 2014 - 12:26pm PT
Lost Arrow Spire seems to resemble an African carved image.  Another l...
Lost Arrow Spire seems to resemble an African carved image. Another lurks on the wall right of the notch.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: GI
Everything we observe with our senses occurs in time and everything we see exists in space; yet we can perceive neither time nor space with our senses, but only with the mind. Precision is also abstract; while we can see and touch things made with precision, precision itself can only be perceived by the mind.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Aug 12, 2014 - 03:34pm PT
Nice!
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Aug 24, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
File number on this one ending in 666 ...
Credit: T H
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Sep 1, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
Alien arm in the backcountry
Credit: T H
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 8, 2014 - 04:02pm PT
Came across this at a very remote* lake in Kings Canyon last week.
It took me a while to decide whether or not it was natural...





*It is so remote we didn't find evidence of previous campsites!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Sep 8, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
Credit: McHale's Navy
On the way in to Static Point climbing area.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 8, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
Equine Prancers!
MisterE

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 8, 2014 - 11:38pm PT
I saw a monkey, but there is more...

Credit: MisterE
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 15, 2014 - 11:25am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 16, 2014 - 06:59am PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
smiling guy wearing a big hat ...his ear is kinda black and an arm bends behind his head... I sent the others packing should this one go too ? (should I bring the bear cub back ?)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Sep 16, 2014 - 07:11am PT
I have a poor fund of imagination it seems.

DMT
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 16, 2014 - 08:51am PT
Credit: survival
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 17, 2014 - 08:50am PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
I see a dragon slight gray with a dot is an eye I'm trying... (to hard??)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 17, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Hey gnome the bright spot looks like a goat ( head in profile ) to me :-)



G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Sep 17, 2014 - 01:44pm PT
You guys are looking at it upside down!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 18, 2014 - 10:39am PT
Thank you Tami , and yes it's a goat, but I know that like me,you Canadians smoke, so I hope that some more discerning folk with us will agree) </;+D)(stupid symbol with a hat)

G-Gnome,by the way Hi, are you perhaps a biology guy? Now upside down did you say then I see a smiling skull or a clown ...Oh no wait thats just the reflection of me trying to turn the monitor around to see what you see.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 18, 2014 - 04:19pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase

A Screaming Meany

............................wow...

thank's, G-Gnome for pointing this out, that clown of a cloud has an evil frown.
Rollover

climber
Gross Vegas
Sep 22, 2014 - 06:33pm PT
Credit: Rollover
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Sep 22, 2014 - 06:37pm PT
Book Reader. ^^^^^^

Susan
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 22, 2014 - 06:42pm PT
Thank you Tami , and yes it's a goat, but I know that like me,you Canadians smoke, so I hope that some more discerning folk with us will agree) </;+D)(stupid symbol with a hat)


HAHAHAHA!!!!!



I

DID

NOT

INHALE
Rollover

climber
Gross Vegas
Sep 22, 2014 - 07:03pm PT
Credit: Rollover
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 26, 2014 - 02:09am PT
What ?
You?
Did not inhale?
You missed out

Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 26, 2014 - 02:34am PT
As the father of two and a climber of many years;
Daddy'O's transgressions abound so I choose to pick what I Tell
Daddy'O' smoked back in the day but then I didn't drink</;+D
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
richross

Trad climber
Oct 2, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
Credit: richross

Credit: richross
richross

Trad climber
Oct 2, 2014 - 11:14pm PT
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