Isolation Antidotes (16): The Mysterious Monk of Granite Island

A little over a year ago CD and I had the chance to spend a couple of weeks in Australia with Batty and her family. We started in Melbourne and did a most memorable road trip along the Great Australian Bight to Adelaide. Toward the end of that drive we spent one night in Victor Harbour and the two of us took advantage of several free hours to explore nearby Granite Island. As we rounded the southern coast of the island, the light fell just right onto a naturally weathered granite formation in which I could clearly see the likeness of a face with a cowl (I couldn’t help thinking of a monk, and a somewhat less-obvious one next to him). I don’t know if it would have been less obvious with the sun in a different position or on a cloudy day, but my penchant for pareidolia was truly rewarded on that unforgettable day. Can you see it too?

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26 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (16): The Mysterious Monk of Granite Island

  1. Mike Powell says:

    I could see the covering on the figure’s head as a cowl, although I could also imagine is as a medieval knight’s helmet with a nose guard. I also see a large beard. The figure to the right seems to be a medieval woman with a wimple, possibly a nun, with her face discreetly in the shadows. I definitely like the weathered rocks in the photo, Gary. I suspect that the faces would disappear if the shadows were not there.

    • krikitarts says:

      I think so too. I’d love to go back for another visit. It would also be grand fun to see what could be done with flashlights (or candles!) after dark, though the hike to the spot would be considerably more challenging.

  2. Vicki says:

    I agree. I remember our family driving to Adelaide and visiting Victor Harbour as a child (caravan on the back), but I’ve never taken the Great Ocean Road and therefore haven’t seen that spectacular drive.
    Did you take any photos of the coastal drive? If so, I’d love to see them.

    • krikitarts says:

      Sure did! I’ll keep your request in mind for the near future (along with your request for more of Ireland, which I have not forgotten).

      • Vicki says:

        Thanks Gary. If I had a car right now and could drive that far I’d set off tomorrow.

      • krikitarts says:

        If I were in the Melbourne area right now, I’d give you a personal photo show of my two-week Great Ocean Road adventure.

      • Vicki says:

        That would be great if you ever had the opportunity. In the meantime, after the lockdown is eased I’m keen to try some driving lessons and if my partly numb right foot and hip pain will alllow, I might even buy a car (from the money my Father left me). I haven’t driven or had a car since Nov 2013.

        Not sure whether I CAN still drive and am alert & quick thinking enough to handle heavy urban traffic. I’ve spent years slowing down and constantly relaxing all my muscles to try and reduce the chronic pain so can be ‘slow off the mark’ for some activities. Nothing worse than having enough money now to do more, but not having the health to make good use of it. Anyway, that’s something to think about after lockdown is eased and shops re-open.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes I can see it, absolutely definitely – the monk seems either to be asleep, or perhaps very sad.

    • krikitarts says:

      I rather think he’s meditating and looking forward to his meditation sequence coming to an end so that he can settle back with a nice, cellar-temperature Leffe.

  4. A Monk it is… The wonders of nature. Right place right time, that makes it more special

  5. You went back one year. Your picture immediately sent me back four years:

  6. I have a penchant for pareidolia, too, Gary, and I saw the face quite clearly. I tend to see faces and forms in trees and bark, as well as clouds.

  7. shoreacres says:

    I saw the monk even before I read your text. I not only saw a monk, I saw a Carthusian, which suggests some alternate identities for those surrounding him — think Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, and all those others who got after the Carthusians for their opposition to Anne Boleyn and the Reformation generally. That’s something I didn’t expect to be thinking about tonight!

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s a far better thing to be thinking about than a number of other things that come to mind. But as for giving the imagination free rein in wanderings in nature’s diversity, one thing is certain: pareidolia rocks!

  8. Yes, of course! pareidolia isn’t something that occurs to me often but this was hard to miss. :-) I am guessing the title is a name you gave the rock and not a common one of the locals?

    • krikitarts says:

      Right you are. I have no idea if it’s even well-known locally, though I can’t imagine that I’m the only one to have recognized its fascinating character. I’d have liked to ask around but we didn’t know anyone there and didn’t really have the time. I’ve had a look at the couple-hundred images offered online and don’t see any of this particular one. Surprising.

  9. bluebrightly says:

    The face I see has a scowl under his cowl… ;-) Pareidolia is a new word for me…I don’t share the tendency and usually prefer to see the thing itself, rather than reading something into it, but when it just happens, well, it just happens, and there’s no reason not to enjoy it. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      None whatsoever. I don’t (often) go looking actively for fantasy imagery, but there are certainly times when it does just happen, and I just happen to like it when it does!

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