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Second “Monster” Face Sighted in Snow

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A face in the snow? Photo: Katie Curnew


Last week we posted a photo from a reader of what looks like a face in the ice of a frozen creek in Washington State. Another reader, Katie Curnew, saw that post and emailed us the above image.

Curnew told us via email, “My mom and I went for a snow hike with cameras at Marble Mountain just by the ski resort, where there is a waterfall [in Newfoundland, Canada]. We thought it looked like a face so we took a pic of it! It was not photoshopped or anything haha I’m just a beginner photographer.”

Katie, even if you are a beginner photographer, you have a good eye! Thanks for sharing.

Which face is more surprising, do you think? (And please share yours.) It’s still hot and dry across most of the country, so we can use some chill relief.

Again, here’s a detail of the above picture to make it more clear:

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Detail of above picture. Photo: Katie Curnew

(Check out our recent photos of drought across the U.S.>>)


Brian Clark Howard is an Environment Writer and Editor at National Geographic News. He previously served as an editor for TheDailyGreen.com and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, PopularMechanics.com, Yahoo!, MSN, Miller-McCune and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen Lighting and Build Your Own Small Wind Power System.


  1. Carolyn
    July 25, 2012, 11:21 am

    Oh lighten up…it’s fun

  2. JM
    July 15, 2012, 9:16 pm

    This tell us that the human brain tries to make sense of pattern.

    Important to note that this phenom doesn’t just happen with ice sculptures and virgin marys in potatoes. It happens all the time –including religion.

  3. Michael K of RP CA
    July 12, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Look, I see what you’re doing, and I know that for some people pictures of natural shapes and forms which resemble mythical “monsters” are a lot of fun. But for the majority of adult Natl Geo readers, this is the kind of stuff we’d prefer Natl Geo kept in Natl Geo for Kids (unless the image is particularly noteworthy or impressive he he, which so far none of these has been). This is the kind of thing which makes it appear as though Natl Geo were “dumbing down” its content in an attempt to ensnare more US readers and/or give some readers a way to feel more involved. “Wow, Natl Geo published my photo of a snowflake which looks like President Reagan!” Or, “Yaay! Natl Geo posted my image of a mound of elk dung which if viewed from the correct angle and with eyes squinted resembles a werewolf”. Your total body of work suggests you’re a bright guy, but you and/or your editor(s) efforts might be better spent in reporting something less natl Geo Kids-ish and more in-line with what adult readers expect from your undeniably awesome publication.