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)
#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)