Nature’s art

 

 

Ever since I, as a young man, was fooled twice by the same tree stump, into believing that I had encountered a marten, I have made it a sport, during nature walks, to try to spot objects, rock formations, markings on rocks, etc., which resemble something – a famous person, an animal, a super-natural being, or other. Use your imagination on your next hike – and your trip may have a new dimension!

 

 

USA 2012a
From this angle, Balanced Rock, North Salem, New York State, United States, resembles the head of a turtle. – This pre-Columbian Native American dolmen consists of a 90-ton granite boulder, balancing atop several slabs of granular quartz, placed right above a strong magnetic anomaly in the ground. Read more about this fascinating rock elsewhere on this website: Books – Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith-Builders. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1996-99
The trunk of this tree in central Jutland, Denmark, divided into two at an early stage, but maybe they couldn’t do without each other? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Arizona-Utah 2001
The incredibly narrow Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States, has been eroded down into the rock by flash floods – a process, which has taken place over millions of years. These rock formations in the canyon wall resemble a baboon’s face (top) and a lion’s head. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1975-87
Vorsø 1975-87
In severe winters, each falling tide leaves a thin layer of frozen saltwater on emerging stones. The following rising tide will press this layer outwards, leaving a new thin layer of ice inside the previous layer. In this way, several rising and falling tides create a ’flower’ with delicate ice petals. – Horsens Fjord, Denmark. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Taiwan 2017a
In China and Taiwan, dried gourds of angled luffa (Luffa acutangula) are used as sponges. These two pictures show cross-sections of the dried interior fibrous layer with air channels, resembling a toothed monster (top) and a sad face. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 1967-76
This branch of a Canadian poplar (Populus x canadensis) in Denmark resembles – yes, what do you think? (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014c
These eroded coastal rocks in Yeliou Geopark, northern Taiwan, are called ‘Tofu Rock’, resembling tofu, cut into squares. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Balsam, Impatiens, Danakju (2300 m), Annapurna, Nepal. Balsamin, Impatiens, Danakju (2300 m), Annapurna, Nepal
Balsams (Impatiens) are a large genus of plants with attractive flowers, widely distributed in temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere, and in montane areas of the Tropics. The generic name, as well as popular names like touch-me-not and snapweed, were given in allusion to their seed dispersal. As the fruit reaches maturity, a tension builds up inside the pod, causing it to ‘explode’ when touched, hereby spreading the seeds a considerable distance. – The flowers of this species, photographed in the Upper Marsyangdi Valley, Annapurna, central Nepal, have a peculiar shape, somewhat resembling French artist Auguste Rodin’s sculpture ‘The Thinker’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1977-96 
Eroded coastal rock, resembling a smiling dinosaur. – Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

The presence of natural bridges in Arches National Park, Utah, United States, is caused by thick layers of salt, deep in the underground. These layers are unstable because of the tremendous weight of sediments, resting on them. The layers sometimes move, causing the rocks in the overlaying sediments to crack, often along parallel lines. In these cracks, alternating temperatures loosen small bits of rock, which are removed by rain and wind. In some places, underlying, softer sediments are eroded away, leaving natural bridges of harder material.

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
If you want to see the slender and fragile Landscape Arch, you probably have to do so soon. It may fall anytime. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
Broken Arch resembles a giant lizard (right), biting another lizard’s snout. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Delicate Arch is balancing at the edge of an abyss, looking as it could fall any moment. In the background the La Sal Mountains. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
Delicate Arch, illuminated by late afternoon sunshine. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Double Arch. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
North (right) and South Windows. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2003-05
The lower part of the trunk of this old red cypress (Chamaecyparis formosana) in Alishan, Taiwan, resembles a kneeling elephant. – Read more about the magnificent cypresses of Taiwan on this website, see Plants – Ancient and giant trees. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-1
Bornholm 1977-96
This coastal rock on Bornholm, Denmark, called Kamelhovederne (‘The Camel Heads’), has been formed by rainfall, waves, and wind. The figure on the left, however, resembles a wolf, rather than a camel. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010
These swellings on the trunk of a rainforest tree, Tetrameles nudiflora, somewhat resembles a couple, mourning over a deceased person, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, Cambodia. – More pictures of Tetrameles nudiflora, and of other giant trees, are found on this website, see Plants: Ancient and giant trees. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
This coastal rock resembles a dog with rounded ears. – Jialeshuei, Kenting National Park, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011 
Eroded granite formation, resembling a cassowary, Santuario de la Naturaleza Granito Orbicular, north of Caldera, Chile. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Canariske Øer 2006 
Coastal rock, resembling a Chinese with a dog, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica
Formerly, the genus Heliconia, comprising about 200 species, was included in the banana family (Musaceae), but is now forming a family of its own, Heliconiaceae. Popular names of this genus include lobster-claw, toucan beak, wild plantain, and false bird-of-paradise. These plants are found mainly in Central and South America, with a few species in some Pacific Islands and Indonesia. – This shadow on a leaf of Heliconia latispatha, growing on Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica, resembles a snail. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
This coastal rock formation at Xiao Yeliou, eastern Taiwan, resembles two wide-mouthed toads – or maybe fish. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1975-87
Vorsø 1975-87
Vorsø 1975-87
Ice sculptures, formed around stones in shallow sea waters, Horsens Fjord, Denmark. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Skull Rock – an appropriate name of this eroded rock in Joshua Tree National Park, Mohave Desert, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008b 
This coastal rock on Bornholm, Denmark, is illuminated by the setting sun, causing it to resemble a smiling gorilla. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2
Part of the outer husk of a coconut, which has been washed ashore on a beach, somewhat resembles a hairy beetle, Tortuguero National Park, Limón, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
Coastal rocks at sunset, resembling the profiles of two ogres. – Salt Point State Park, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
The outline of these rocks resembles a dancing couple. – Gorge du Tarn, Cévennes, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2011 
These flat coastal rocks have been eroded into the shape of a pyramid. – Yeliou Geopark, northern Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Cambodia 2010
A fallen leaf of Dipterocarpus alatus, partly eaten by micro-organisms, displays a beautiful pattern. – Angkor Thom, Cambodia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-3 
This tree trunk, which has been washed ashore on a sandy beach on Bornholm, Denmark, resembles a creeping monster. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Egypten 1999
This eroded desert rock near Nuweiba, Sinai, Egypt, resembles a giant mushroom. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007 
This impression in a rock resembles the head of a bird of prey. – Valle Hecho, Pyrenees, Spain. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-3
These coastal rocks on Bornholm, Denmark, which resemble a large-eyed frog (left) and a wide-mouthed toad, are covered by a species of orange lichen, Xanthoria aureola. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
Eroded coastal bluff, resembling an eagle, Torrey Pines State Beach and Reservation, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011
Eroded granite formation, resembling an angry old man, Santuario de la Naturaleza Granito Orbicular, north of Caldera, Chile. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 1967-2004 
Pruned poplars (Populus) in morning sun, Lyø, Funen, Denmark. The one in front resembles a gaping monster. – More pictures of ancient, gnarled trees are found on this website, see Plants: Ancient and giant trees. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Morning sun illuminates an eroded rock, resembling the head of a sleeping giant. – Joshua Tree National Park, Mohave Desert, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
Coastal rock, resembling a friendly anteater – or maybe a pig. – Jialeshuei, Kenting National Park, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, United States, is an area of Entrada Sandstone, which has been eroded by rainfall and wind into the weirdest forms, called ‘goblins’.

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This formation is called ‘The Guardians’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
This formation might be called ‘Parade of Gorillas’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This formation resembles two ogres. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
This formation resembles a toothless old man. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This formation resembles a gorilla and a hippo. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
This formation resembles a gnome with a big nose. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This formation resembles a swag-bellied gorilla. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001 
This formation resembles an ogre with a long beard. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This formation might be called ‘E.T. kissing Snoopy’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Goldeneye in stone Sweden_resize 
This piece of broken sandstone forms the perfect image of the head of a goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). – Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011a
A ‘monster’ can be seen in the trunk of this dead coigüe (Nothofagus dombeyi), Parque Nacional Conguillio, Chile. – Read more about coigüe, and about Parque Nacional Conguillio in general, on this website, see Travel episodes: Chile 2011 – The white forest. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2009 
A stone in a field, resembling a longish face. – Guizhou Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
Minerals, forming an image of a gull’s head in a rock, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pyrenees, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
In Monument Valley, Arizona, United States, rainfall and wind have eroded rocks into bizarre forms. This picture shows ‘The Totempole’, which seems to defy gravity. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
Coastal rock, resembling a gigantic frog, swallowing rocks. – Jialeshuei, Kenting National Park, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
This trunk of a dead pine (Pinus) resembles a monster with a long nose. – Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2010 
Fungi on a withered leaf, creating a beautiful design, Basianshan National Forest, Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Arizona-Utah 2001
Mushroom Rock, an eroded tuff formation, resembles an oversize mushroom. – Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guizhou 2009 
This bush resembles a woman, waving to passing black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis). – Cao Hai Lake, Guizhou Province, China. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-2
Lichens on this tombstone at Nexø, Bornholm, Denmark, have grown to form a heart. – More pictures of tombstones are found on this website, see Culture: Graves. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2 
Sap, oozing out of a cut tree fern leaf, resembles the head of an anteater. – Santa Elena Cloud Forest, Cordillera de Tilarán, Costa Rica. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Frankrig-Spanien 2007
This eroded rock resembles a gnome, wearing the typical long hood. – Cévennes, France. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
Coastal bluff in evening light, showing a ‘face’, Salt Point State Park, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1992-98
This coastal limestone formation, a so-called rauk, is named Hunden (‘The Dog’). – Gamla Hamn, Fårö, Gotland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 1967-2004 
Two knots on the trunk of this old cherry tree (Prunus avium), and a wound in the bark beneath them, cause the trunk to resemble a large-eyed alien. – Read more about cherry trees on this website, see Traditional medicine: Prunus avium. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydafrika-Namibia 1993
Alternating temperatures have caused this rock at Spitzkoppe, Namibia, to crack layer by layer – like peeling an onion. Further erosion is done by rain and wind. Read more about nature in Namibia on this website, see Countries and places: Namibia – a desert country. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Canariske Øer 2006 
The outline on this rock wall near Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, resembles a surprised monkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sverige 2015
‘Naughty’ carrot, Öland, Sweden. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Costa Rica-2 
This withered bamboo root, washed ashore on a beach near Tortuguero National Park, Limón, Costa Rica, resembles a six-eyed, hairy monster. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Erosion from sea and wind has shaped the soft Daliao Sandstone rocks in Yeliou Geopark, northern Taiwan, creating fantastic formations.

 

Taiwan 2014c
These formations have been formed by stones, rotating in depressions in the rock. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

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Taiwan 2011
These rocks resemble gigantic mushrooms. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2011 
This rock resembles a camel. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

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This rock resembles Nefertiti, queen of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled Ancient Egypt from 1353 to 1335 B.C. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2011 
This rock resembles a dog, sniffing another dog. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2014c
This rock resembles a boiled egg in an egg-cup. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

Taiwan 2014c 
This rock resembles a gaping monster. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

United Kingdom 1992-2002
Mist envelops a rock formation, called ‘The Old Man of Storr’, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. – In fact, the faces of two lying ‘ogres’ can be seen – one smaller to the left with a heavy eyebrow, a small nose, and a protruding lower lip, and a larger one to the right with a very long nose and a protruding lower lip. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2002-10 
The grey birch (Betula populifolia) is found in eastern North America, from Ontario and Nova Scotia, south to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with isolated populations in Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana. It is often a pioneer tree, invading abandoned fields and burned areas. – In the upper part of the bark on this grey birch in Maudslay State Park, Massachusetts, the outline of a bird’s head is seen. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Vorsø 1975-87
This shrivelled moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) on a washed-up, algae-covered plank somewhat resembles a sad alien. – Horsens Fjord, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Yunnan 2007 
This crack in deposits of calcium bicarbonate at the Baishui Terraces, Yunnan Province, China, resembles a vagina, a knot above it being ‘the pubic hairs’. Incense sticks have been stuck into a grass tuft beneath the crack, in which a primrose (Primula) is growing. This formation is sacred to the local people, the worship of it being a remnant of the pre-Buddhist animism. – Read more about animism on this website, see Religion: Animism. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2003-05
This rock formation, called ‘The Fish Jumping over the Dragon Gate’, is found in Liwa River Gorge, Taroko National Park, Taiwan. The image of a giant fish is seen, ‘swimming’ along the gorge on the right-hand side. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded June 2016)

 

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