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?


    1. In fact, that picture I linked to is the very one that’s been Photoshopped – you can see the same little details of waves and reflections in both.

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

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

  2. 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 😀

    1. The castle’s “eyes” look like some kind of weather staining – maybe rust from whatever that is a their top. The original builders would never have seen a face there.

  3. lol… the doggy must have had the mouth and eyes added for dramatic emphasiss <— major spelling 😉

  4. @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?

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  6. 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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