The NEW July Challenge

Hi folks, Czar Greg here again. In the few short minutes since I posted “The River-Riding-Vulture-Fleeing-Eagle-Swooping Video Challenge,” I have gotten a flood of very negative feedback. I’ve been rudely reminded of my pledge not to make nearly impossible challenges. People have refused to participate in such a specific challenge. Some of them have promised to start an impeachment investigation.

I dunno, I thought the challenge was pretty simple and straight forward. But I’m a man of the people, and when the people threaten to feed my bones to the vultures, I know it’s time to come up with a more people-friendly challenge.

Therefore, THE NEW CHALLENGE is all about faces. It’s a variation on pareidolias. Personally, I had never heard of pareidolias until Suzanne suggested it as an item for last month’s Scavenger Hunt. I had to look up the definition. It’s kind of like what we did when we looked for a “cloud that resembled something else.”

For the month of July, I am challenging you to find a specific pareidolia — a FACE. A face in a cloud. A face on a rock. A face in a tree. A face on a building. A face ANYWHERE except on an actual face.

Wherever you find it, it should have at least a minimal resemblance to a face. That means two eyes and a mouth. It’s as simple as that. Think along the lines of an emoji.

The face doesn’t have to be symmetrical. It doesn’t have to have a nose or ears, but those facial features would be a bonus. It can be obscure. If it looks like a face to you, then it’s acceptable to me. It’s OK to crop your picture however you want, or rotate it to suit your needs. The only pictures I will NOT accept are actual faces or drawings of faces.

You don’t even have to put your bike in the face picture, but it should come from an actual bike ride or hike. We’ll all be on the honor system in that regard. However, you must post at least one other picture from your bike ride or hike, and that picture must include your bike or feet.

Got it? Great! Here comes a few examples of face pareidolias I found recently.

A face on a house

Face on a car.

Face on a tree
Face on a street
A profile of a poodle face in a cloud.
A face of flowers in a field

In regard to the other part of the challenge, I thought this fire engine jamboree was kind of interesting. The picture includes both my bike and my feet.

I got this idea from The Feeshko who has an amazing ability to find faces in the most unusual places. I guess you could say she’s a pareidolia-tic genius, though she probably isn’t any more familiar with the term than I was before I Googled it.

So that’s your assignment for the month. Keep your eyes open for faces. Believe me, when you are observant and imaginative, faces will pop out at you all over the place.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

6 response to "The NEW July Challenge"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: June 29, 2021

    I have such poor timing. On Sunday, my wife and I were making potato salad (I was the peeler), and I pointed out a potato that had a face. If only I had known, I could have saved that potato and taken it for a ride tomorrow.

    Sounds like a fun new challenge.

    • By: gregblood Posted: June 29, 2021

      Oh yeah, The Feeshko finds faces (and other things) in vegetables and fruits all the time.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 29, 2021

    Well, lets face it . . . . . Yeah! Let’s DO!
    Sounds like an interesting challenge!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: June 30, 2021

    Now that it is a challenge I will most likely have trouble finding the ones I have noticed and commented on in the past. Good challenge though Greg. I agree with Rich — let’s face it.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: June 30, 2021

    Oh I like this challenge! Not the easiest though. The faces you already posted have so much personality, they really made me laugh. I wonder if anyone is going to get the man in the moon.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: July 1, 2021

    I am sorry to have missed the scavenger hunt and Suzanne’s challenge but hope my body is more agreeable to riding and other activities now that I don’t have 35+ hours a week of energy and worry devoted to work.

    The last picture had me a bit concerned… like you’d crashed and all those fire trucks were coming to rescue you!

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