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Facial Rockognition

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A hundred and five’s really not that bad in Sedona. Wear a hat—a straw Stetson, not one of those Indiana-Jones-wannabe things. Find a little shade every now and then—with all due respect to critters who may have also found the same spot.

Then, appreciate the twenty degree drop in perceived temperature, and take a sip from your canteen—not from plastic that holds expensive French tap water—and look around.

There aren’t many such amazing places on the planet. Every few years, this marvelous landscape pulls us back to explore a new trail (or five) and devour every sunrise and sunset. It’s truly God’s country, woo woo crystals, ‘nodes of Gaia power’ and lethal sweat lodge sessions aside.

One of the things my bride and I like best about this part of Arizona is how the shadows play with our perceptions. As you likely know, deeply wired into humanity is the ability to perceive faces. You may have seen that simple assembly of a few black and white squares in which most folks see Abraham Lincoln. Well, the shadows and rocks of Sedona can sculpt themselves into thousands of different faces depending on the time of day, the season and where you stand at any given moment.

I was reminded of this as I browsed for another reason through some images from just one hike we’ve taken in the area. Included here are three photos that hopefully illustrate my point.

It shouldn’t be too hard to pick out the faces, but, just in case, there are: a dog looking to the left, an old Indian wearing a head band and looking over your left shoulder, then, a ‘portly’ gentleman who reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock looking up to the right.

In each case, when we passed by the same spots earlier or later, the faces had disappeared back into the red rock.

Maybe they’ll be back for our next visit. Or yours.

See you in Sedona!

  1. November 12, 2011 at 7:51 am

    This is really interesting rock formations. 🙂 Nice photos.

  1. December 4, 2011 at 6:50 am

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