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Dungeons and Dragons

Pareidolia: As Tolkien said, " It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him ."
Near home, for sure, but also when walking far from civilization with warnings that a pack of dingoes may be in the vicinity.
A dragon scales the walls of a rock pagoda, the lost city, in the Wollemi Wilderness.
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Procession of the Innocents

They were right here all along

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Ancient Eye

Pareidolia: In a still pool along the Molonglo River, the shape of the bowl concentrates life into an iris of sorts and blossom above. While the bowl may have formed naturally (the rounded stones in the pool hint at the type of action), this one is to the side of a deep pool, and may have been created or reused to shape or sharpen fire tempered digging sticks, weapons or rock tool edges.
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Water Nymph

Pareidolia: In a run of water, water forms impossible shapes. As i was developing this image tonight i came across one of these (mid to right).
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All alone

Pareidolia: At first glance, this rock pool in the Molonglo Gorge looks like a nice place to relax in mid-summer.
But perhaps you should look again.
Start with the creature at the far right of the pool, looking at you - if you look too hard at it, it will change shape. Now scan the other rocks slowly, right to left. Some of the rock 'creatures' by the pool are natural, but some of the etchings in the rock are hand made - or are they? Is the demon on the second large boulder from the left just random patterns in exfoliating rock or is it complex art?
Once you start looking, it is hard to return to a state where you are simply alone with just rocks and water.
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Watchers

Pareidolia: A part of the cliff face has become detached and will eventually fall into the valley far below. In the meantime, two very different faces watch the sunsets come and go.
Image: Sublime Point, Blue Mountains NP, New South Wales
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Laughter

Pareidolia: I had been hunting an elusive waterfall and thought i was finally in luck when i found a tumble-down staircase leading over the escarpment. Instead i found this 'laughing' face.
Image: Gordon Falls Lookout, path.
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An ancient form

Pareidolia: Along the last ledge of the Fairy Waterfall at North Lawson in the Australian Blue Mountains you will find a river eel, teeth and scales complete. While this is an illusion, further west on the shores of a lake now long gone, are the fossil remains of creatures with many of the same features.
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Morton National Park

Pareidolia: The small waterfall here attracts the eye, but if you concentrate for a moment on the rock face above, your eye will find the face of a man. Look away, then return to the picture quickly and your eye will ignore the waterfall, and instead see a standing man.
Image: Side Falls, Fairy Bower Falls, near Bundanoon

(thanks to +Sj Sandy who spotted the face :) )
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Happiness at the waterhole

Pareidolia: Concentrating only on the waterfall, i did not see the great stone animals drinking in peace from the flow: the wolf (dingo, left) touches the nose of the smiling bear-cat (wombat, right). Now I cannot look at the cascade without first searching for their eyes and smile.
Image: Tuross River, upper cascades, long exposure using an ND filter, this week.
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