Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wood Sprite - Fée des Bois

So one of the things I found when wandering Gatineau Park was a stump which was deep, brilliant red. In some places it was the colour of blood and in others the colour of flames. I couldn't resist photographing it, of course.

Red stump
And when I got in close, I saw the shape shown below. It's things like this that make it easy to anthropomorphize plants or to imagine the existence of a sentient form of plant life.

Looks like a face
Of course, the human brain is particularly good at looking for faces (especially eyes) in things, so it's hardly surprising that gnarled patterns of grain in a piece of wood could end up looking like faces to us.

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