Old Face in the tree trunk...

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© Andrea Petersen
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Thou shalt rise up...and honour the face of the old man.... Leviticus 19: 32

Rain can really bring out some unusual distortions ..This morning as I was waiting for my husband to come out of the house, so that we could go grocery shopping... I shot a few pictures through our car window .... it was pouring down rain... I could plainly see the optical illusion of the old grizzled face take shape in the tree trunk shortly before I shot this picture through the car window... I worked with it in photo shop to sharpen it and to bring out more of the contrast and I hope you can see it also..

My husband thought it resembled a "gorilla face." after he looked at my picture.. I see the face of a weathered old man with whiskers...But I think what stands out the most for me are the eyes looking through time and age.....The rain brought this optical illusion out which of course is not there otherwise...

Update* 5-1-2012 I need to make a correction...I did find the face in the trunk today again without the rain...but I really had to search hard to find it... As Barbara H. stated below, " it is always there but nature decided to reveal it in the rain." We have lived here since 1973 and never noticed it before, as I was not looking for it... It blends in with the grain of the wood but the rain gives it a new and different patina and it brought out the eyes.

The tree trunk is from our old weeping willow tree that fell down in a storm a few years ago...

23 responses

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    Lord of the Ring fans would call him an ENT (a tree hearder :-) So well seen and presented, Andrea.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (29 Apr 2012):

    Mysterious & nice!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    Mysterious ....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    That face and eyes are awesome! Interesting how you only see it when it is raining. It is definitely creepy and perfect for the theme!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    Very creepy and cool!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    I see the face. Brings on creepy chills. Perfect entry.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Apr 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    You have the best eye for finding these incredible faces! This is an amazing shot!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (29 Apr 2012):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    Nadeem is SO right!! Do I remember this same creature from a different occasion?

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (29 Apr 2012):

    Thank you all for your comments...No, Donald this is not the same one...In fact
    it is the first time I had seen the face on this trunk...when it was raining yesterday....It was difficult to shoot it through the rain as there was such a blur
    on the window from the rain streaks.. You might thinking of another optical
    face on a limb that I had posted one time shooting from an upstairs window...

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    i like shots of the moment say hi to the old man for me

  • Barbara Huffert

    Barbara Huffert gave props (29 Apr 2012):

    Of course it's always there. Nature just decided to reveal herself to you in the rain. A rare treat.

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    Brilliant,I love it.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    Oh yes. What a face!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    Yep! i see it too! You find the neatest things Andrea.

  • Kathy Costello

    Kathy Costello gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    I saw the face before I knew it was a tree. That is very cool. (And I agree with the commenter above. It does look like a LOTR's Ent.)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2012):

    Creepy cool entry.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 May 2012):

    I love how you see these faces, this one is really amazing, love it..

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 May 2012):

    A wonderful find.. the eyes are very engaging here.. a great shot!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (1 May 2012):

    Looks like Teddy Roosevelt

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (3 May 2012):

    Amazing and creepy! Good entry, Andrea!

  • Robert Versteegen

    Robert Versteegen (Deleted) said (6 May 2012):

    wonderful and a little bit creepy

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