About Face (5)

It’s been the better part of a year since I did an About Face post, and I’m happy to be able to present another. This afternoon CD asked me to make some photos of her hollyhocks and, when I was through, I kept looking around our garden and I wound up having a really close look at the milkweed, which is just coming into full flower. Has anyone else out there ever noticed that there are faces in the flowers if you look at them from the side rather than from above? I remember having noted this in the past, but only in passing, and having made a mental note to pursue the resemblance further, but seem not to have acted on it–until now. My workhorse camera is in the shop for calibration, so I took my new(ish) little Olympus out to see what we could do together. May this bring you a smile today!

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16 Responses to About Face (5)

  1. Lemony says:

    Wonderful images! I see little cute cow faces. :-)

  2. Winnie Hurd says:

    Sweet! The little face reminds me of Lambchop (the puppet).

    • krikitarts says:

      And that was my second thought as I studied the other one that was more at an angle. Also, the stalks that support the “eyes” give sort of an impression of lop ears.

  3. bluebrightly says:

    I’m not seeing the faces, but I’ve always loved the complexity of milkweed flowers, and that’s enough. Beautifully captured!

  4. shoreacres says:

    I tried and failed to see faces, but what I did notice is how different this milkweed is from the ones I found this year. None of the five species I found this year looks quite like this little lovely. Do you know which species this is? There are similarities, of course, but there are some interesting differences, as well.

  5. Val says:

    Yes, I can see a face – the two black ‘seeds’ or whatever they are (stamen tips?) are the eyes and a petal facing forward is the nose. :) Lovely flowers with or without faces!

  6. It’s good to hear your milkweed is flourishing. Long may it thrive.

  7. settleandchase says:

    I didn’t spot them until Steve’s close up – oh yes definitely a face! Can’t stop seeing it now..a cow I think..in any case, beautiful flowers!

    • krikitarts says:

      Isn’t that an interesting trick of our brains–once we see something imaginary in a normal image, it’s nearly impossible to stop seeing it. It’s rather analogous to listening to The William Tell overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger (if you grew up with him) or The Sorcerer’s Apprentice without thinking of Mickey and the brooms, once you’ve seen Fantasia (and who hasn’t?).

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