Castle face & rock doggy

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Harry J sent me this great pareidolia from a castle in Dubai…

 

and Niel H emailed me this rock doggy….

 

Is the second one genuine or manipulated?  What do you think?

24 comments on “Castle face & rock doggy

  1. Adam vanLangenberg says:

    Yeah, second one looks totally fake.

  2. Ed says:

    I’m pretty sure the second one is Durdle Door + Photoshop. Here’s Durdle Door as it really looks:
    http://www.southampton.ac.uk/~imw/jpg-Durdle-Door/5DD-calm-Durdle.jpg

  3. Simon says:

    I’m sure the second one is Durdle Door in Dorset but it’s been heavily photoshopped. Compare it to this image from Wikipedia. . .

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Durdle_Door_Overview.jpg

    Screaming fake to me . . . but very nice though!

  4. Durdle-door doggy is cute, though unashamedly fake. Love the castle face(s).

  5. Dan says:

    Yeah, it’s definitely Doggy Door!

  6. Ex says:

    Source of the second image: http://www.worth1000.com/entries/360823/rocky-dog (a contest in photoshop)

  7. niel hansen says:

    Thanks for clearing up the Rocky Dog mystery – I had hoped it just might be genuine but never mind, lol

  8. Ian says:

    Thanks for these, Richard :) The castle’s delightful: it looks so welcoming and friendly. The rock dog, though, certainly looks like it’s been digitally manipulated. Shame, really. It’d have been nice to think a coincidence of nature could have carved such a friendly canine on the coast. Again, though, the coincidental castle face is a good one and I’m sure the original architects wouldn’t have been intending to create such a friendly face :D

  9. Gary Edminson (now Gary Simpson) says:

    lol… the doggy must have had the mouth and eyes added for dramatic emphasiss <— major spelling ;)

  10. Nathanathan says:

    @wintermute115, I’m not sure it’s weather staining on those “eyes.” It looks to me like they are windows with the bottom sculpted to be a chute. Not sure of the purpose of this; perhaps to facilitate the dumping of nasty things onto attackers?

  11. Duncan says:

    Ok the second one is fake, but is the first one deliberate?

  12. darrylwe says:

    Here are 5 more rock ‘illusions’ – again unsure if these are photo-shopped or not http://wp.me/p2vSxC-2W

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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, the second one is definitely fake….

    • mittfh says:

      What makes me think that’s courtesy of an automatic compliment generator – sort of the antithesis to Scott Pakin’s famous complaints generator…

  14. mittfh says:

    The Dubai castle surely counts as double pareidolia at least since the same ‘face’ appears on both visible sides of the structure (possible quadruple if it’s repeated on the hidden sides…)

    But that was certainly an inventive photomanip of Durdle Door :)

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