Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pictures in the Penobscot

 Humans are designed to see patterns; especially to find faces.
Faces need not be detailed; two triangles and a jagged line carved into a pumpkin, two dots and an arc, both are instantly recognized.
Humans are also hard wired to like symmetry, especially bilateral symmetry, which serves as a marker for good genetic strength.  So it is no surprise that we spot any number of fantastic creatures in the bedrock exposed by the falling tide on the shores of the Penobscot River.

On the right day, and at the right tide, it makes for a very distracting paddle.


  1. Those images are incredible! Al (trashpaddler)

  2. It's not hard to imagine how legends of "woods people" and other imaginary creatures got started after viewing these really awesome "creatures" found in the bedrock. I wonder how that "smiley face" was formed in the first photo? ;-)

  3. Thanks for the compliments guys! I think these visions could certainly create some interesting stories. And Mike, tide and current may have had a little help for the first photo....

  4. Looks like something out of "The Lord of the Rings"!