A Helicopter-Shaped Cloud

A Helicopter-Shaped Cloud

After dinner today, Verna looked out of the front window and saw a cloud that appeared to look like the silhouette of an aircraft. She grabbed her camera and got this image of the phenomenon before it morphed into a randomly shaped cloud.

I remembered that there is a term to describe seeing objects in nature that one perceives as resembling something else. However, I could not remember the exact term so I did an internet search on “clouds that resemble things” and found the following result on Askville which led me to Wikipedia:


Pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-uh) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

Interesting. And I’m still a nerd as a senior citizen. Click on the image to enlarge.

UPDATE: Seeing extraterrestrial alien faces in Ice Cream: Alien Frosty Paws.