Joshua Tree National Park is one of my very favorite local places. It’s the place I run to for a quick get away, even if it’s just for the afternoon and some night shots. Everytime I go to Joshua tree I find new things. It’s a living place that is always changing for me, at the same time it stays the same. Yea, I know… that doesn’t make much sense, but it’s totally true. For instance, during one visit I seemed to see things in the rocks. I call it Joshua Tree pareidolia. Pareidolia is that phenomenon where you see faces or other figures in patterns, clouds or in this case rocks.

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Clouds and rocks and….

I am reluctant to say too much about these photos. I don’t want to give anything away. I want to see what you see in the rocks, if anything at all. I took these photos specifically because I saw something there, doesn’t mean that others will see the same thing. However, I did process the photos in a way that I thought accentuated what I was seeing. You might find a hint in my captions tho. 😉

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Sleeping Abe

This spot along the Barker Dam Trail reminded me of Picasso a little bit with it’s asymmetry. I processed the image with a combination of Topaz Impressions and Topaz Simplify.

Joshua Tree Pareidolias

Picasso Stone Face

This one was taken on New Year’s Day 2014 when I went to Joshua Tree in the snow. Another view on the Barker Dam Trail that I apparently missed the first time that I went and found faces.

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Stone Sleeper Needs a Blanket.

This one is probably one of my favorites. Another found along the Barker Dam Trail and not a face at all, rather it’s something that might happen after a night spent partying. This one just makes me laugh out loud.

Joshua Tree Pareidolia

Too Much Partying

So what do you think? Do you see things in the rocks like I do? What do you see? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.




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