They’re behind you!

I’m sure it’s not an experience peculiar to me, but it’s surprising how often, when I come across something that has not particularly attracted my attention previously, a similar situation seems to then recur on several occasions.  It can happen with all sorts of things  –  encountering a ‘new’ word when reading; suddenly noticing a friend’s mannerisms; accidentally meeting a new acquaintance in unexpected places etc.

I mention this because of incidents that occurred during a visit to Menorca last year.

We were enjoying a mid-morning coffee when I sensed that I was being watched.  I looked up and, sure enough, there was a face eyeing me from the trunk of a nearby olive tree.

Shortly after, while photographing poppies I became aware of a somewhat pained face to the right of the flowers.

From a nearby wall, two faces (one half masking the other) looked on disdainfully.  Was I becoming paranoid?

This sequence of incidents reminded me very much of an episode in Kenneth Graham’s children’s novel Wind in the Willows.  Mole ignores Ratty’s warning and  ventures into the Wild Wood:

‘Then the faces began.

It was over his shoulder, and indistinctly, that he first thought he saw a face; a little evil wedge-shaped face, looking out at him from a hole. When he turned and confronted it, the thing had vanished.

He quickened his pace, telling himself cheerfully not to begin imagining things, or there would be simply no end to it. He passed another hole, and another, and another; and then–yes!– no!–yes! certainly a little narrow face, with hard eyes, had flashed up for an instant from a hole, and was gone. He hesitated–braced himself up for an effort and strode on. Then suddenly, and as if it had been so all the time, every hole, far and near, and there were hundreds of them, seemed to possess its face, coming and going rapidly, all fixing on him glances of malice and hatred: all hard-eyed and evil and sharp.

If he could only get away from the holes in the banks, he thought, there would be no more faces. He swung off the path and plunged into the untrodden places of the wood.

Then the whistling began.’



Filed under Imaginings, Nature, Pattern, photography, Texture, Trees, Uncategorized

13 responses to “They’re behind you!

  1. I think it’s only naturally when you first notice something, that you unconsciously will be on the look-out for similar situations, but sometimes it is indeed almost as if fate is playing some of its tricks. Certainly finding those faces staring down on you, must have been a little eerie. The picture with the poppies is beautiful.

  2. I see them too, and probably would have felt the connection. You’ve captured and cited a feeling difficult to pin down-very well indeed.

  3. Thanks Elena. I’m sure you would have seen them!

  4. Gigi Galore

    Gorgeous! Those photos are beautiful! I wonder what the creatures within them thought of you … ?

  5. Gigi Galore

    Clearly they were curious … and maybe they had a message for you? … 🙂

  6. Nice series. Did the face blink? 😉

  7. Similar experiences for me too – I expect there’s some fancy name for it!
    I love that poppy shot – beautiful.

  8. Obviously, the initial attraction was the poppies. The pained face in the gnarled tree root behind came a little later. Now, when I look at this picture I have difficulty in confining my attention to the flowers!

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