My neighbour’s birthday last week. Her kids brought a cupcake for her birthday cake. She was saving it under this inverted mug – “face” was what I saw.
Having no idea what the object actually was we went into the shop to inquire. We also asked if the owner would take it from the window so we could capture an image. The shop owner thought we were both mad! Turns out the object is a pair of automatic motion sensitive security lights with a camera (the proboscis).
“That’s all you want? A picture?” How do you explain you see faces in all sorts of unlikely places.
Yup. Faces everywhere!
While Karen and I were having lunch I noticed a small animal climbing the concrete facade of the apartment building across the street. Too far away and too small to get a photo.
At first I thought it might be a squirrel but it seemed to lack a bushy tail so I concluded it was likely a small rat or large mouse. The animal stopped for a while beside an open window. I watched until a truck obstructed my view. When the truck moved away – rodent was nowhere in sight – I wonder if the occupants of the apartment with the open window came home to an unwanted visitor!
Maybe they need one of these security cameras beside their window?
OK, so what is it?
I got sent this image the other day – an example of a found “face”. I can see the face quite clearly but didn’t recognize that I was actually looking at a crab carapace, probably picked up from the beach sand somewhere in Florida.
I’ve tried tracking down the crab species – the closest I’ve come is it’s likely a smallish stone crab. Many of the Florida crab species have a much wider carapace. Also most don’t have such a profusion of spines along the front (“head”) edge.
Whatever it is, I’ve added the image to my “faces” collection.
I was showing someone a few family photos a couple of weeks ago – I had this one of me and my sisters taken this past July at the Danny Gallivan Golf Tournament in support of Cystic Fibrosis. (Youngest to oldest from left to right.)
Now that we’re all “old” ladies we’re looking more and more alike – easy to tell we’re related. Here we are a year earlier – the resemblance is definitely strong.
And here we are in 1952 (63 years ago!) – we didn’t look much like one another then at all.
There are not a lot of photos in between of just the three of us. I have one with my mother and two nieces – the women in our family from 2003:
And here the three sisters are with my niece and niece-in-law in 2014:
The middle sister might have some photos of just the three of us – I must ask her – but I suspect she doesn’t.
My mother had a composite photo hanging in her bedroom – four photos: her at 16, me at 16, middle sister at 16, and the youngest at 16. I have no idea what happened to that collage after my mother died – it was striking how similar our faces were at the same age – of course you couldn’t see it when we were side-by-side but as life progresses those family genes sure have something to say about who we become.
While walking the streets of San Francisco, I came across some “faces”.
The first has a long drooping moustache:
The second looks rather like a Chinese dragon:
Can you see them?
I wasn’t looking too hard this trip or I’m sure I’d have found lots more!