noun. optical illusion involving the perception of a familiar pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist.
Pareidolia can be seeing a bunny in the clouds, Hitler in a teapot, Jesus in a chapatti, or whatever you want in an inkblot.
Landscape, however, provides some beautiful examples of pareidolia. And now, thanks to the geniuses at Google, NASA, and the makers of some facial-recognition software, they’re fun to find.
Take a look at some everyday pareidolia here. (That Norwegian snowman is unbelievable—but apparently real!)
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Fantastic images, Pareidolia in Trees check it out!
Thanks Nat geo for sharing such cool images… Pereidolia is such a nice thing… Make any kind of image in your mind maybe I can say “it gives shape to our thoughts “….
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Also, Sleeping Giant on Kaua’i: http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai/regions-neighborhoods/east-side/sleeping-giant and Queen Victoria’s profile on Kaua’i, looking over Nawiliwili: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_photos/4087311974/
Ah! Those are terrific examples of pareidolia, Elena! I love the Sleeping Giant just snoozing in the sunshine. Or rain.