52 Weeks of Life Seen Through My Eyes

Ida's Photo Theme Challenge

Week 19 #15. Faces in Everyday Places (Pareidolia)


I’m not sure this image qualifies for the bit about everyday places (it’s not everyday you find yourself at an orchid farm in Central America!), but it is, without a doubt, a face in the center of a Dracula Orchid found at Finca Dracula, a private farm near Volcan Baru in Panama. Finca Dracula is home to the largest private collection of orchids in Latin America, making it one of the largest collections in the world with over 2,200 species of orchids.

On this particular trip to the farm in Cerro Punta, changes were under way and we were unable to walk freely through the orchid enclosures as we have done in previous years. The young lady who was setting up the new exhibit very kindly accommodated me, allowing me to take a few photos. There are several different orchids in the Dracula Family, many of them featuring quirky little faces. As the landscaper moved orchids about, she shared her growing enthusiasm and passion about some of the orchids and held this particular Dracula Orchid in place while I quickly took the shot.

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16 thoughts on “Week 19 #15. Faces in Everyday Places (Pareidolia)

  1. Wow! What a great shot, I have never seen an orchid like this. It’s funny to me it looks like a monkey’s face!

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    • Holding the orchid was not the best way to shoot something so small and I would have liked a better background, but I was lucky just to be able to get the shot. The Dracula orchids I’ve seen all have monkey faces, Carolyn. One even has what looks like a wagging tongue, but I would have needed a macro lens or similar to capture that teeny face. 🙂

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  2. Funny face. Great catch, Ida!

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  3. Nicely done Ida! Love the photo

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  4. This is EXACTLY what “pareidolia” is – absolutely perfect! you hit the nail on the head. What an amazing orchid. I wonder if there are any of these at the Selby Gardens Orchid show – I’ll look next time I go!

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    • They are not spectacular orchids as far as color and size are concerned, but they are fascinating little gems. I hope you get to see one or else you’re going to have to take a trip to Panama! 😉


  5. Fantastic. It looks like a little monkey.

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  6. So pretty – I’d love one.

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  7. Beautifully captured the face.

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