Portraits of Wildflowers

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Like a lion

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This rock formation reminds me of an animal’s head, most often a lion’s.
I photographed it along a tributary of Bull Creek in Great Hills Park on June 24th.
Hail, hail, not Freedonia but pareidolia.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 4, 2019 at 4:45 AM

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  1. Yes. I thought it appeared to resemble a lion sculpture above a pool before I went on to read your text. Quite remarkable!

    Ms. Liz

    August 4, 2019 at 4:54 AM

    • Ah, immediate validation for my lion! Other people have seen a bear, a turtle, a sheep, a lizard, a fish, and a porcupine.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 5:33 AM

      • I’d vote for lion for sure – it’s interesting to know what a variety of creatures it’s been seen to resemble!

        Ms. Liz

        August 4, 2019 at 5:36 AM

        • Yes, collectively we have a broad imagination. I don’t know, but I suspect there are even people who walked past this and saw it as nothing more than a rock formation.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 4, 2019 at 5:41 AM

  2. I do see it as a lion, and my first impulse was to wonder whether this lion in summer might be named Henry.


    August 4, 2019 at 5:59 AM

  3. Very well seen.
    Excellent photo.


    August 4, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    • Well seen and well enjoyed. Fortunately this is in my neighborhood so I can stop by whenever I choose.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:08 AM

  4. An alert lion, nicely portrayed.

    Michael Scandling

    August 4, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    • You’re the third person this morning (including me) to see a lion, and you’ve added alertness.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:09 AM

  5. Funny how rocks can take on an identity. I see that here all the time.


    August 4, 2019 at 6:53 AM

  6. I see a turtle… but maybe that’s because I’m used to seeing turtles here and at the old river channel. I have only seen a lion at the zoo… so maybe that’s not the first thing to come to mind for me.


    August 4, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    • Well, the way to remedy that is to put a few lions on your property. On second thought, your neighbors might object.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:13 AM

      • Ha ha! So might the deer! I’ll stick with turtles. I’m the quiet type you know, but I have been known to roar when the situation warrants it!


        August 4, 2019 at 11:35 AM

        • Yeah, sticking with turtles sounds like a better plan, even if you’ve been known to roar at times. Laughing uproariously would also be a good substitute.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 4, 2019 at 9:20 PM

  7. Yes, a lion with its mane blowing back behind it. Very nice.


    August 4, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    • The lions are coming on strong this morning. You’ve reminded me that Columbia’s athletic song begins: “Roar, lion, roar….”

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:14 AM

      • Looking again at the lion, I’m struck by the graceful lavender line that sweeps along the rock.


        August 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM

  8. Good morning,Steve (and Eve),  Michael McIver down here in steamy Houston writing to thank you for these beautiful images, thoughts, information,  and humor. One of the first things I do each morning is check “Portraits of Wildflowers” for a hit of beauty and surprise. Ariana and I spent a week in Highlands, North Carolina, and met all sorts of new flowers, plants, mushrooms, and butterflies . Your site has helped me to look a little more deeply and curiously at the natural beauty around me.                                                                                    Thank you, Steve,                                                                                                    Michael


    August 4, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    • Hi, guys. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Like you, we’ve been traveling and in fact are still in the New York metropolitan area. Yes, the flora and fauna are pretty different when we stray so far from home, yet a few species are the same as or similar to what we’re familiar with. So far I’ve photographed mostly waterfalls and adjacent rock formations. I’ve done a few wildflowers but not many; sometimes we welcome a break in routine. We’ll be back in familiar territory soon enough.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:22 AM

  9. We saw a rock formation in Palo Duro Canyon that looked like a lizard. I’ll show that in my next post.
    I always like to “see things/creatures” in rocks. Or in clouds, come to think of that.
    Have a great Sunday,


    August 4, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    • And happy Sunday back from the New York metropolitan area, very different from central Texas. Palo Duro’s a place I’d like to get back to after two decades, but not in this weather. I’ll be disposed to find figures, real and imagined, in the rocks there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:26 AM

      • Mary and I would like to go there agin in winter. That would be a much different experience.


        August 4, 2019 at 9:50 AM

  10. You find such beautiful and interesting subjects, Steve! Is that a limestone formation?

    Lavinia Ross

    August 4, 2019 at 10:57 AM

  11. Looks like some great lichens here


    August 4, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    • We have lots of good lichens in this area. I’ve enjoyed photographing them over the years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:18 PM

      • I have no knowledge of lichen botany, but I remember your enjoyment of their variety and pattern from first finding your blog. That has rubbed off on me when I now look at trees and rocks.


        August 4, 2019 at 9:20 PM

  12. Well seen, Steve. A real roaring image.

    Steve Gingold

    August 4, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    • I mentioned to someone else that I remember the beginning of the athletic song at Columbia: “Roar, lion, roar….”

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2019 at 9:22 PM

  13. Great. Very good. We found a Dino in Helsinki!!!

    Unknown Helsinki 3

    Have a good day!


    August 5, 2019 at 5:00 AM

  14. Looks like it!


    August 5, 2019 at 10:46 AM

  15. Good eye to catch this lion’s head created by Mother Nature!

    Peter Klopp

    August 5, 2019 at 12:33 PM

  16. A mighty ROAR of approval for that shot! Well done!


    August 5, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    • Thanks. Every now and then someone in central Texas claims to have seen a mountain lion. I have proof of my lion sighting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 5, 2019 at 7:14 PM

  17. A pretty green scene with animal head, but I see a sheep, not a lion. I have seen a bobcat (https://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/california-bobcat/).


    August 5, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    • You’re not alone in seeing this formation as a sheep. Whether the predominant lion devours the sheep remains to be seen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 6, 2019 at 4:19 AM

  18. Nature never ceases to take my breath away. What an intriguing formation! I’d definitely say that I see a sheep or a lion either one. 🙂


    August 6, 2019 at 3:32 PM

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