My first pareidolia experience happened when I was just 5 years old. I was sitting in his grandparent’s kitchen when I began to see images in the knotty pine walls. The closer I looked the more I saw, and it scared me to the point of anxiety.
It was as simple as an image of a horse that I saw in that wood—and, as scared as I felt about what I was seeing, both my parents and grandparents assured me that it was nothing to be concerned about. They told me, “such imagination is healthy” and although they too could see the horse, it was “not going to come out of the walls of wood.”
The memory of that experience became buried deep in my mind and I did not have another interaction with nature until I became an adult. It was my accountant, the one who saw the outline of the Virgin Mary, an image that reminded us both of the Pieta, in my special portfolio photograph that re-awakened me.
I felt strongly that it was not a coincidence, going back to those images. My head was clear for the first time in a while, and the end of the summer there was always a moment to catch my breath. That was exactly the moment that I went back to inspect the photos.
It was like a veil had been lifted, and I was very clear as
to my purpose. It was like someone turned the switch and I was 5 years old and I was able to see the
horse in the knotty pine walls. Memories came
flooding back. He realized in that single moment that he was that same 5 year old boy capable of seeing what others could not— the experience tuned him directly back to Spirituality and Nature.
I was drawn to the Bible again and began to re-read it, I read other work by modern masters from John Lennon and Bob Marley to Albert Einstein and
as I searched for meaning in what I was seeing in his Redwood Root. It gave me clarity and while I was studying the root and the words many of these modern philosophers popped out at me. This just enhanced my ability to visualize the various images and make sense of what I was seeing in my Redwood Roots.
I continue to view and photograph my Redwood Root often. New images are constantly being created expressing
my ongoing relationship with nature, and the fountain of ideas from my amazing Redwood Root continues to flow.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."—Albert Einstein