Thursday, October 2, 2014


Doug came in today with these roses.  I cut a few fronds from our ferns to add to the vase.  A rose is a rose and looks like a rose. Not so with all flowers as you can see below!

I find pareidolia fascinating.  It's when something appears to be something else. A recent blog was my introduction to this new word and concept. This post zeroes in on flowers, mostly orchids, that resemble something else. 

When this happens in nature I think God might be revealing His marvelous sense of humor, irony and creativity. He tucks away these gems for our discovery.  I smile and think He smiles back. Care to join us?

#1.  These look like happy aliens. (Calceolaria Uniflora)

#2. Swaddled babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

#3. Monkey face orchid (Dracula Simia)

#4. Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis)

#5. Laughing bumble bee orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

#6. Naked man orchid (Orchis Italica)

#7. Hooker's lips (Psychotria Elata)

#8. Parrot flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

#9. Angel orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

#10. Flying duck orchid (Caleana Major)

#11. White egret orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

#12. Candy skulls are Snap Dragon Seed Pods (Antirrhinum)

#13. Dancing girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

#14. Ballerinas

#15. Tiger Face

#16. Dove orchid or Holy Ghost orchid (Peristeria Elata)


My family must have this same wit because I remember attending my Uncle Roy's funeral years ago. He was Mama's oldest brother. Their younger brother, Uncle Duck, looked tenderly at some flowers on the fresh grave.  Wiping away a tear, he leaned my way and quietly said. "Look!  Your Uncle Roy has little boy flowers!"  Here's what I saw.

Years later I learned. . .
Little boy flowers (Red Anthurium)

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