Wikipedia calls pareidolia "a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists".
I call it my every day.
For I see faces everywhere I look. In trees, in marks on the bathroom mirror, in old gum stuck to the footpath.
I see hearts in lichen, in flower petals, in swirls in a rug.
It's fun. Like a little game! My kids and I found these gems while on a bush walk.
For anyone who follows my Instagram, you might have seen my amazing array of coffee art. Like truly amazing, if I do say so myself. Here's a few to whet your appetite.
What do you see? I got a bunny, a young witch, and the Grinch smoking a joint. Right?!!?
Though at first glance it would seem as if I have an amazing actual skill, the truth is I swish a little milk into coffee, then spin the mug until I find images therein. Yep, those 'images' were just there. With no help from me at all. Fun, huh? So much fun!
I especially love it when people disagree and see something different. And it happens all the time. Did you see something different in the above? Or nothing at all?