Nature’s Imagination or is that My Imagination?

I’ve been collecting the images in this post for some time now. I’m often amazed at some of the forms nature takes, all by itself. I’m sure it has no idea what happens when humans look at it and see something I’m sure it never intended. But I find them entertaining, interesting and different, as you could not invent these forms. Some are only apparent in certain light. I’ll tell you what I can see. It might just be me. But if you can see it too please let me know, so I know I’m not just a batty old nature lover with an over-active imagination!

The image above is a lump of rotting wood I dragged home to place in my garden. Looking out of the window I saw a wolf. Do you?

This one we call ‘sex on a stick’. Can you see why? It’s a log I took from a pile my friend had bought for her wood burning stove in Scotland. Once the bark was removed it became an ornament that many have asked about. They wanted to buy one!

Here’s another shot from another angle of the same log.

This last one is in woodland close to where I live. The rock it’s growing against is pre-Cambrian, some of the oldest rock here in the UK. but look at the tree. I see a female form, arms above her head, posing beautifully. Do you, or am I crackers?

When I find these things I can’t help but photograph them, although they’re never going to end up on my website as saleable images, in my private collection they do create interest among friends.


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hitzeman Photography
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:08:49

    Fun stuff, Chris!


  2. Jim Reed
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:10:28

    Great shots Chris! And yes, I saw the wolf as soon as the image appeared on screen! πŸ˜‰


  3. 47whitebuffalo
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:30:30

    Interesting–and some sexual imagery here as well.


  4. chriscaff
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:36:37

    Yep, there’s no avoiding it. Glad it’s not just me!


  5. hemlock1981
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:18:22

    In the first one, I saw a doberman pinscher. I could not see anything in the second one…although it was a cool formation. And in the third, I would lean toward a man’s shape, yet it could go either way.

    Great eye. I think it is interesting how our minds process the world around us.


  6. chriscaff
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:30:54

    Hi Hemlock. I suppose they’re all in the eye of the beholder, and a doberman is a reasonable image (rather similar to a wolf). I prefer wolf, I think, because it’s wild! Thanks for your comments and for visitng regularly.


  7. lyndajeffersphotography
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 19:16:26

    I see what you see and I am always seeing things in other natural objects like clouds, stones etc. I also see forms in the artex on my ceiling ( now that does sound weird, but I think you will get it, hopefully). I think it is the sign of a creative mind and therefor good, I hope :-).


    • chriscaff
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 19:45:04

      Oh, thats cool Lynda, yes I agree. A creative fertile imagination is what it’s all about. I’ve seen stuff in artex, too, but I dislike the stuff…having had to paints so much of it! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for calling again.


  8. squirrelbasket
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 06:19:15

    Love these! Yes, I see them all – they are very good examples.
    In my own life I have:
    On the kitchen windowledge a Ficus microcarpa that looks like a woman scratching an itch in an embarrassing place;
    One piece of Irish peat bogwood looking like a black cat in a cloak;
    Another piece of bog wood like the Little Mermaid sitting on a wave;
    In the trunk of a beech tree at the bus stop is a naked woman’s torso.
    I expect you see faces in old-fashioned cabbage-rose wallpaper as well, do you?
    Keep up the good work…


    • chriscaff
      Jan 13, 2011 @ 19:10:14

      LOL it looks as though all of us creatives can see something. I love th idea of a back cat in a cloak! I haven’t seen any cabbage wallpaper recently! Thanks for taking the time to let me know YOUR visions!


  9. randywornhole
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 10:36:22

    wow, fantastic. love all the images. The last one looks like a male form to me…with a rather large bulge in his we see partly what we desire or from our own reference point or experience.
    These images need re-producing……”hidden creatures”….”say what you see”


  10. gilsongardensinc
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 11:39:16

    Before I saw what you’d wrote…I thought WOLF! and the sex on a stick….very clear to me…Now the last one…I see someone’s legs under her like she’s sitting on someone. Now I would say you are not crackers! I didn’t even need the power of suggestion to see what you do! Nature is so cool isn’t it? Great shots! Have a great day and thanks for sharing!


  11. eremophila
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 22:20:28

    Fantastic, if you’re batty, so am I!


  12. Francis
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 22:45:28

    With observation, so many shapes and forms can be seen in nature. There’s no limit to the variety.


  13. jruthkelly
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 15:47:23

    as a tree/root/driftwood/wood nut, i had to grin at these images and the association. i love how nature twists and twines images and meaning everywhere.


  14. chriscaff
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 21:20:08

    Hi Ruth. Thanks for visitng and commenting on my blog. Yes, nature loves its little jokes doesn’t it? Perhaps just as well considering how much enjoyment we get out of it!


  15. weaselwiththecam
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 12:32:09

    These are awesome. I love contorted branches and roots, there’s something very fascinating, alive and primordial in the same time about them. Nature is the greatest artists.


  16. jamieonline
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 16:15:17

    I really like photographs like yours. I love the natural theme. It reminds me of work by Andy Goldsworthy.


  17. Angelina Reese
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 16:22:57

    I love the wood. I wish I could find some pieces like that! You must check out an organization I belong to at
    We take found wood and turn them into fine art.


    • chriscaff
      Mar 01, 2011 @ 14:13:51

      Thanks Angelina. I had a look at your site. Wonderful stuff. As you’ve seen, one log destined for a fire ended up as my personal peice of fine art. I’ve had it ten or more years now and it still gets comments.


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