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If you've seen faces and shapes in the hillsides, you're not alone

Rhonda Austin has been seeing a sleeping man in the mountain behind her home for around 11 years and has added some lines to show the figure.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Rhonda Austin
May 14, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Have you ever spotted something on a hillside and not been able to ‘un-see’ it?

A Kamloops woman recently shared a photo of what she saw in the hills near her Barnhartvale home.

Rhonda Austin says she has spotted a sleeping old man in the mountain and asked a local community Facebook page if anyone else has noticed the image.

“I see him every day, he’s always smiling,” Austin says. “I stare at him while I relax in my hot tub. I noticed him almost as soon as I moved here 11 years ago, and just wondered if anyone else sees him too.”

Turns out, others have seen images in other mountains.

Julie Lane Rasmussen says Sugarloaf mountain reminds her of a fist bump, as the ridges of the mountain resemble the knuckles of a fist.

Here, the
Here, the "knuckles" atop Sugarloaf Mountain show what Julie Lane Rasmussen see as a fist bump.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Julie Lane Rasmussen

Bryan Wright shared this photo of what looks to be a question mark on the back of Harper Mountain.

This image shows what could be seen as a question mark on Harper Mountain, according to Bryan Wright.
This image shows what could be seen as a question mark on Harper Mountain, according to Bryan Wright.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Bryan Wright

The term for seeing things in otherwise random surfaces is known as pareidolia.

Merriam Webster dictionary describes the phenomenon as the ability to perceive something significant or meaningful from randomness. Other examples include the man on the moon or seeing shapes in clouds.

What kind of sights have you noticed in the mountains in your area? Let us know in the comments.


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