Pareidolia: rock or Hedgehog?

Pareidolia – noun:

“The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.”
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

“Pareidolia is a phenomenon rarely heard of but is so common that everyone has experienced it.”
Times, Sunday Times (2015)

So with the explanation of what Pareidolia means, let’s start this new category off with the first upload of what I hope to be an eclectic selection of photos over the coming weeks and months that test your perception…

The above shot was taken near Abbeystead in Lancashire, UK and shows nothing more than a grass-covered, lichen-spotted rock in a stream… or is it really a green-coloured, semi-aquatic Hedgehog? 

Well that’s up to you to decide…

*Shot on a Panasonic Lumix G9 M4/3 mirrorless camera using a Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f/4-6.3 DG Vario-Elmar Lens with settings at ISO-800, aperture at f/5, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/250 seconds*

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