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Thursday Tree Love: Trees as Artists ~ with Faces, a Wing, and a Heart


Do you ever see shapes in tree trunks? Are these just random shapes that our mind interprets as meaningful images, a psychological phenomenon called, pareidolia? Or is it possible that trees are creating art or maybe sending us signs? Who can say for sure? Here are some examples I’ve seen recently in my neighborhood…

I see at least three faces, two in profile, and a wing.
What do you see?

The hemlock below is one I’ve shared before, but I had not noticed the gnarly face until recently. The face in the photo on the right reminds me of an alien wizard type character I’ve seen somewhere before, but I can’t quite place it.

The eyes in the face I see are set far apart like a turtle. The mustache reminds me of the owl in the Secret of NIMH. My husband sort of sees a grumbly face, but he also sees a person’s body emerging from the tree with my “mustache” as legs.

Many dogwoods in my area have succumbed to a disease. I’m still in denial about my dogwood being dead as a tall evergreen shrub nearby hides its bare branches. My neighbor’s deceased dogwood stood alone and was clearly not coming back from the dead, so she had it cut down. Here’s a heart that could not be seen until after the tree was cut.

What signs have you seen from trees?

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit Parul’s blog here.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Trees as Artists ~ with Faces, a Wing, and a Heart

  1. Your neighbor’s dogwood tree appears to have died from a broken heart 😦

  2. I see two faces and a bird with face on the top one.

  3. Once you see a face or sign, you can’t un-see it! I do this all the time. Thanks for this post, JoAnna.

  4. Interesting point of view JoAnna! Yes, one can ‘see’ images in tree trunks especially old gnarled ones. I love the heart in the tree!

  5. That first set of faces must have inspired Picasso.

  6. Trees are indeed artistic, and quite innate ones at it. My mind perceived a fairy as well as an archer on the trunks. The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!

  7. Fascinating, JoAnna! ❀ I find patterns everywhere, in the floor tiles, clouds, oil slick on a puddle…So sorry that dogwoods are dying. They are so emblematic of spring! Hope the problem can be resolved.

    • Thanks, Cheryl. I used to see patterns in the bathroom paneling. I took a photos and made a sketch of them before our renovations. Now I see patterns in the shower tile, and of course clouds. My husband doesn’t see these things, but he has a lot of practical skills.

  8. I think we are seeing what our imagination processes from shapes, like we do as children (or even adults!) when we look at clouds. I read up on the dogwood blight – I don’t think I’ve seen it locally but it sounds terrible. Korean dogwoods (which are popular where I live) seem to have a resistance to it. I do think your dogwood died of a broken heart! Alana ramblinwitham

  9. These are natural public art…beautiful πŸ‘πŸΌ

  10. That’s art and yes I see faces and shapes all the time. It’s fun trying to figure that out. I also do that with clouds often. Thanks for joining, JoAnna. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  11. aw….that heart in the dogwood is quite poignant! I do hope they find out what the issue is and remedy it……always so sad to hear of trees dying.

  12. Hemlock! I only know hemlock as a small plant I was taught not to touch when I was very little! It is a weed here, so I never knew it could be a tree. That’s why I love Thursday Tree posts! Thanks!

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