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Birdlike cloud over Zimbabwe

Seeing recognizable patterns in unrelated objects is called pareidolia. People love it. Here’s a sunset cloud in the shape of a bird, over Africa.

Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe, January 11, 2016.

Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe, January 11, 2016.

Here in Mutare, Zimbabwe, we saw a magnificent radiant sunset on January 11, with cloud shadows and crepuscular rays, that developed around a pareidolic cloud.

The cloud assumed the shape of a birdlike creature, which, in contrast to Icarus, appeared to fly away from the sun.

The pictures were taken at various magnifications using my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera in intelligent auto mode.

Read more about pareidolia: Seeing things that aren’t there

View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe, January 11, 2016.

View larger. | Photo by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe, January 11, 2016.

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