Tree pareidolia in Goshen, NH


80 Responses to “Tree pareidolia in Goshen, NH”

  1. demo1312 says:

    its jason from halloween (i think), better start running

  2. jacord says:

    John McEnroe?

  3. jphilby says:

    I instantly saw the face, the chest down to the belt (plaid shirt I think) and the left forearm.
    It actually looks like someone reflected in the windowpane.

  4. tx_ROOK says:

    Closing your left eye, the face becomes a little more apparent, while closing your right eye it seems to fade and be not-as-noticeable.

    It’s like those fruit-forming-faces study they did.

    The left side of the brain (which controls the right side of the body) is programmed to readily identify faces. This trait thought to be developed as humans evolved into more and more social creatures.

    The right side of the brain recognizes the elements that make up the photo or face, so it becomes less obvious.

    Hmm, I hope I didn’t get those mixed up. Anyway…

    We are programmed to find faces in everything we look at, no surprise we all see one there.

  5. codswallower says:

    Oh my god. It’s Rumsfeld.

  6. back seat astronaut says:

    I’ll go to for my trip reports, thanks.

  7. humanpower says:

    How this might have played out in, say, 1985: “Oh, hey, that sort of looks like a face. Huh.” [goes back to taking a nap]

    How it plays out in 2008: “Holy crap, I have to take some pictures of that, create a Flickr set, and hopefully get on BoingBoing so thousands of people can see it and go, “oh, hey, that sort of looks like a face” and then go back to taking a nap.

  8. trieste says:

    I see G.W.Tree, with bleeding eyes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    its Alistair Sim

  10. mdhatter says:

    Goshen, NH – “a good place to nap”

    Really though, it is.

  11. kc0bbq says:

    There’s a birch tree on a relative’s property with markings on the bark that look exactly like Bob Marley’s face. As in identical to the picture from his Wikipedia article.

    He’s getting a little worse for wear the last couple of years, though. Kind of creepy.

  12. liveMike says:

    Macaulay Culkin

  13. bardfinn says:

    I have Asperger’s, and while I do have mild synaesthesia, pareidolia I don’t do well.

    Spoiler, please?

  14. brainologist says:

    @51 TX_ROOK

    …The right side of the brain recognizes the elements that make up the photo or face, so it becomes less obvious.
    Hmm, I hope I didn’t get those mixed up. Anyway…

    Unfortunately, friend, you did get them backwards. There is some evidence that the right side of the brain is more sensitive to faces than the left side. Although the evidence isn’t overwhelming, there are some hints from neuroimaging, brain injuries, and neurological/behavioral methods that hint at a right-hemisphere advantage for faces.

    Note it isn’t the left eye per se, but the left visual field, because fibers from each eye bifurcate at the optic chiasm and go to both sides of the brain (in everyone but albinos!)

  15. TheKarpuk says:

    Is this going to kick off a trend of pictures that show food, clouds, and fauna that vaguely resemble things?

    I can’t really see the face, but then again I usually can’t see the the pictures in those “magic eye” illustrations either. It’s all so frustrating.

  16. ikegently says:

    “I was laying down”

    you were lying down. unless you were laying down the pipe.

  17. G_E_Gardner says:

    Definitely a Dryad. A young one, perhaps no more than a thousand years old.

    One should beware: they do not like to be photographed. Your life may be in grave danger. You can prevent any harm to yourself by propitiating the spirit with an offering. But, by Zeus, do not show this image to anyone else!

  18. Ugly Canuck says:

    Sure it is not a photo reflected in intervening glass? From say a bookcase or other shelf near the couch?
    Good foto, I’ve never seen such an illusion captured on film.
    It looks to me like a Soviet-style portrait pose, although I think “soviet-style” really means old-fashioned.
    Wait! It looks like an author’s foto from a dust jacket. Yeah, that’s it…a leftward looking face…definitely male.
    Geez i can even make out a shirt collar and tie…
    sure there’s no reflection on intervening glass/

  19. toxonix says:

    The face in the tree seems to be saying ‘get a job’.

  20. elfajio says:

    Eddie Munster?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Duh! as any believer would know it is the FSM!

  22. Takuan says:

    barn owl wearing a halloween mask

  23. SteveKiwi says:

    Clearly, Keith Richards.

  24. Abby says:

    God is in the rain, Satan is in the trees.

    Acid’s fun, innit?

  25. DogStarMan says:

    Of course it’s Bob Dobbs.

  26. DeWynken says:

    Anyone can plainly see that it is Alice Cooper.

  27. racergreg says:

    I’m just happy to have learned a new word today :)

  28. analogtom says:

    Hy Bng Bng, nt mch gng n tdy? f y r gng t pst ths, why nt th tns f crp lk t, cm n gys stp by fr gd stff, y hv bttr thngs t snd t t th wrld… hp.


    Looks like The Punisher.

  30. Takuan says:

    A-Tom, your last check bounced

  31. SeamusAndrewMurphy says:

    Bad haircut and too much mascara.

  32. Mark Hurst says:

    How about this tree with cat eyes?

  33. mkultra says:

    My god! Andy Boy is alive!

  34. EH says:

    Looks like The Punisher.

    Viral campaign, anyone?

  35. starcadia says:

    Same as #3, except I saw running black eyeliner.

  36. trr says:

    Go hike Mt. Monadnock, then take a nap. And use a better camera next time, too.

  37. TEKNA2007 says:

    Looks like Hunter S. Thompson. He wants his shrooms back.

  38. WalterSear says:

    Praise the lord! It’s Jebus!

    I bid $500 for the tree.

  39. jeffcapeshop says:

    wrst bngbng pst vr.

  40. gabu says:


  41. gabu says:

    Actually, this post has been brought to you by the National Pareidolia Awareness Foundation — increasing awareness solely of the meaning of the word “pareidolia” for over fourteen years.

  42. Ogus Monk says:

    Now now… It is the severed head of Heath Ledger as The Joker. Really!!

  43. GauchoAmigo says:

    It’s a streetlight!

  44. Anonymous says:

    It’s a Frank Gorshen head shot circa 1967.

  45. Jack says:

    This is really not up to Boing Boing par. Or should we all get a sack of potatoes and see if one of them looks like a famous person from history.

  46. dbarak says:

    That’s a grilled cheese sandwich tacked onto the tree, and the sandwich has a face on it. I know of a casino that will pay $28,000 for it.

  47. Banksynergy says:

    #27 – too soon, too soon.

  48. drjudithc says:

    It looks like either an owl or a pattern of wet lichen on the tree.

  49. Willirubin says:

    Hrum, Hoom! Let’s not be hasty. Perhaps Merry and Pippin are around.

  50. phoenix21 says:

    I also see Alice Cooper. Or The Crow.

  51. magic whiskey says:

    It looked like the head of a young 1850′s child with collar, full cheeks and vacant black eyes.

    Or a tree.

  52. TharkLord says:

    I love these things.

    My primate brain is always looking for faces.

    A favorite is the “demon” face that showed up in the backdrop of the candidate debate between Bill Bradley and Al Gore. That one sure got people riled up!

    Of course, that thing that shows up on the front of Dick Cheney’s head always gives me a fright…

  53. humbuzz says:

    It’s Vincent Furnier.

  54. ICEverfrost says:

    It’s clearly a Dryad.

  55. dbarak says:

    >>My primate brain is always looking for faces.<<

    I swear I first read that as “My primate brain is always looking for feces.”

  56. Anonymous says:

    You ninnies!
    It’s Beetlejuice! :D

  57. kqih says:

    Vladimir Putin !

  58. RJ says:

    Oh my God! It’s the ghost of Ray Walston! He obviously wants “My Favorite Martian” back on the air.

  59. Strophe says:

    The real mystery here is why there is no lol-caption.

    “OMG Face Tree is watching me nap!”

  60. Icky Bob says:

    Why did this get posted? picture of a tree with a link that no work…

  61. Sam says:

    Are we looking at the spot on that tree, or some face that is made up of the leaves and branches? Can someone outline what we’re supposed to be looking at?

  62. Jupiter BFPOE says:

    It’s the Shaggy D.A. BARK!! BARK!!

  63. Seedouble says:

    This discussion is now about how this discussion has more comments than the other story about the e-passport cloning.

  64. Axx says:

    With just a tad more image compression this guy should be able to start posting Bigfoot photos.

  65. thebassguy says:

    cool shot. check out this one in my neighborhood:

    natural phenom as far as I can tell.

    it’s ‘mr. tree!’


  66. Anonymous says:

    It’s French Symbolist poet, Charles Baudelaire!

    La nature est un temple où de vivants piliers
    Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles
    L’homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles
    Qui l’observent avec des regards familiers.

    Nature is a temple where living pillars
    Let escape sometimes confused words;
    Man traverses it through forests of symbols
    That observe him with familiar glances.

    I tried to post the original French but was told my “text is wrong”. The text is right.

    Oops! forgot to type in the Captcha. Never mind!

  67. Bonnie says:


  68. musicpsych says:

    It’s the guy from the Scream painting. He’s taking a cigarette break.

    Or could it be Jack Skellington? Is that tree the entrance to Halloween Town?

  69. Anonymous says:

    Don’t believe me?

    Take a gander at his mug on Wikipedia:

  70. FoetusNail says:

    Dali’s term for viewing and creating these images, paranoiac-critical method.

  71. rollerskater says:

    does somebody smell torillas?

  72. Jack says:

    Okay, well I’ll play then:

    Here’s a tree with a face on it I found in the neighborhood known Victorian Flatbush in Brooklyn:

    And here’s a tree that reclaimed and devoured a “No Parking” sign in Jersey City:

  73. mdhatter says:

    Dewynken: “Anyone can plainly see that it is Alice Cooper.”

    I was trying all day to figure it out…. Jimmy Carter? Ozzy – mmmm, no…. Pat Buchanan? hmmm, nah. Mr. Roeper? heh, nope.

    but you nailed it sir.

    Alice Cooper is exactly who I see.

  74. Apreche says:

    I don’t see anything.

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