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Camel Rock

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Here’s a view from June 10th showing Camel Rock, a landmark on the main highway some 11 miles north of downtown Santa Fe. When I first visited Camel Rock nearly half a century ago, anyone could walk up to it and even onto it. Now I found the structure ringed by a fence. While I appreciate the protection, the fence made it hard to take pictures because I couldn’t get close enough to stand or sit where I wanted to. Oh well, I did what I could, aided by one of those famous New Mexico sunsets.

Do you see the rocky outline of the camel, complete with a hoodoo for a head and neck? If you’d like a look back at other pareidolic images that have appeared here in 2016 and 2017, click “pareidolia” in the “Tagged with” section at the bottom of this post and scroll down through the results. (There are bound to be instances in older posts as well, but I learned the term pareidolia only last year.)

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 2, 2017 at 4:42 AM

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  1. It would look at home with the camels of the Sahara.


    December 2, 2017 at 5:45 AM

    • During your stay in Egypt, did you ever get to venture out into the Sahara?

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2017 at 7:24 AM

      • Yes, we did. More than once, both Eastern and Western portions, Went almost as far as Libya and also to the Red Sea end, as far as El Quseir. Also travelled through much of the Sinai Desert, which I certainly wouldn’t want to do today. The desert is beautiful. Your camera would work overtime, more overtime than usual.


        December 2, 2017 at 7:29 PM

        • While it seems unlikely I’ll get to the Sahara or the Sinai, given the dangerous political climate you alluded to, I’m thankful to have the deserts of the American Southwest at my disposal just a day or two away by car. The trip that preceded the most recent one to New Zealand took us through parts of those deserts, as you saw in some of the posts that appeared here a year ago. Hooray for the desert!

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 2, 2017 at 8:16 PM

          • Speaking of New Zealand, we have our own desert here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangipo_Desert No camels, though! We have to go across to Australia to see camels.


            December 2, 2017 at 8:29 PM

            • We crossed that area via Highway 1 twice: on our first trip going north, and on our second trip going south. Definitely no camels. Didn’t see any cacti, either. (I put in a few minutes just now searching to see whether NZ has any native cacti. Nothing turned up, but perhaps I didn’t search long enough.)

              Steve Schwartzman

              December 3, 2017 at 6:59 AM

              • I would be surprised if there is a native cactus. But who knows.


                December 3, 2017 at 7:49 PM

  2. Took me a while to see the camel, but that’s one lovely sky. And I learned another word today 🙂


    December 2, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    • We went out to Camel Rock before sunset, hoping that eventually we’d get good colors. That’s what happened, as you’ve seen.

      I’ve been “spreading the good word” to people since last year. Now that you know it, your task is to casually slip it into a conversation.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2017 at 8:13 AM

  3. The sky is gorgeous. In some ways, it’s a perfect supporting player for what I first saw. Even knowing that it’s Camel Rock, and even though I can make out the form of a camel, my first thought was of ET, the cute little extra-terrestrial who wheeled across the sky in a bicycle basket.


    December 2, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    • To each his own pareidolia. While SS didn’t see ET, LL did. All three would definitely have seen the gorgeous sunset.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2017 at 7:06 AM

  4. Fantastic shape with a beautiful sky! Looks really a little like a camel 🙂


    December 4, 2017 at 4:46 AM

    • I’d photographed Camel Rock decades earlier, but this was the only time I ever photographed it with a great sunset behind it. My timing was good.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 4, 2017 at 7:33 AM

  5. Perfectly named .. super shot and colours Steve


    December 7, 2017 at 8:11 PM

  6. And now I’ve learned it. I do see the camel, beautifully framed by the gorgeous sky.


    December 29, 2017 at 9:07 AM

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