Sunday, June 6, 2010


One day, when my daughters lived in an apartment building years ago, I was walking to take the garbage out and glanced down. I thought I saw a face but I continued to walk toward the garbage cans. On the way back to the apartment, the face kept hounding me so I decided to take a closer look and see if I was going crazy or did I, indeed, see a face.

Well, in my mind this rock looks as if it has a face. I'm not sure everyone sees what I see but this is how my mind perceives it: the "face" is laying on its right side. Basically, it is an entire "head" with a face. It has an eyebrow, a nose, lips at the bottom (narrow end) of the rock, and even an ear lobe on the side of the head that is facing up. Does anyone else see it? (Sometimes it helps if you squint a bit and try and see the defining areas.)

I read in a comment yesterday from Karen on my blog about her thinking that we might be kindred spirits. She wrote in part: "hand me a rock with a face on that's what I love." So, Karen, thanks for inspiring me to take a picture of my rock with a face on it.

I'd love to see what other people "see" in their rocks. That rock found me that day. It could have been buried under a bunch of decaying leaves or turned over so it was "face" down. Not so. It called out to me to pick it up. I have had it ever since. I was thinking it has to be at least 10 years or more since I found this rock. It usually sits on my wood stove and heats up in the winter when the fire gets going really well.

This rock made me do an "about face." Literally and figuratively!

A charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld.
The lady dare not lift her veil
For fear it be dispelled.

But peers beyond her mesh,
And wishes, and denies,
Lest interview annul a want
That image satisfied.

Emily Dickinson


  1. Oh yes I can see the face in the rock. Somewhere on my blog there is a palm tree with a face.. down by the lake where I live. I call it the Buddha tree.

  2. i see the face...and happy for your kindred spirits as has a way of putting things together...

  3. Yes, it's there!! Lovely post. I see faces, too.

  4. Of course I see it. They are sleeping.

  5. It took me a few minutes...but I can definitely see this is a head and face...what an interesting character it is. I love that you've keep it all these years and given it a place of warm upon your hearth. I wonder what message the face has for you...have you asked it? You've inspired me to go through my collection...I'll try to get some photos of the faces that I've found? Thanks for sharing your treasure with me. xxoo

  6. I read somewhere that humans have a natural tendency to see faces in things. I think it was Carl Sagan who hypothesized we're 'hard wired' from birth to recognize human faces, as a survival technique.

    I see the face in your rock too! It reminds me very much of a paper maché puppet head I made a couple of summers ago — maybe because I never attached the head to anything so I often see it resting on its side the way your rock seems to be...resting...

  7. i dont think describing it is necessary ... some see it some dont ... OF COURSE most of your followers would ? ... its the vase/face viewpoint ...

    i hope though that your description might help just one (who doesnt) to see ...

    for me its a he ... frowning, pursed lip, flat lipped, highly intelligent (with THAT forehead) ... i love the angle its at ... i wonder where you have him living ? ... >>> Gina


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