Terry pointed out that, in one of yesterday’s Soppy Sunday pictures, one I had taken myself about 10 miles outside Dundee not far from Knapp village, there appeared to be a face carved into a fence post.


I hadn’t noticed but when I looked, it did seem that some wood art had taken place.

So, I promised that I would head out that way and find out what it was.

And here it is:


Close up, it doesn’t look as if it has been carved. But it does look remarkably like an owl. The “eyes” seem to be knots in the wood and the rest really does look as if it is pure accident. There’s no sign that a chisel has been at work.

But it is attractive. Munguin decided to adopt it and call it WOL in honour of Winnie the Pooh’s friend who thought that was how you spelt Owl!

While I was out, dreich day though it was, I took another couple of pictures of beech trees in their autumnal splendour.




It beats the hell out of the politics about which otherwise, we would have probably written.

36 thoughts on “IS IT A MAN? IS IT A BEAST? NO, IT’S WOL”

    1. Benarty Hill on the south shore of Loch Leven has/had the Sleeping Giant. My gran used to always point it out to me when I was a bairn. I don’t think erosions been kind to it these last 50 years or so because it doesn’t seem as well defined as it once was.

      The same can be said of me right enuff.

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      1. Very fine looking owl! Autumn trees are pretty too.

        The “Old Man of the Mountain” in New Hampshire was famous.

        He even had a stamp.

        But in 2003, his face fell off.

        Some astoundingly realistic stone faces in South Dakota are apparently still intact.

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          1. Tris……I had forgotten that the Old Man of the Mountain was used on the New Hampshire coin in the state quarter dollar coin series. He was BIG in New Hampshire! Dated just three years before his face fell off the mountain. 😉

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              1. No, regular circulation coinage is a federal matter, and all coinage is uniformly legal tender within all the states. The “State Quarters” program was a ten year program initiated by the US Mint in 1999 to honor each individual state with a special Reverse design on the US Quarter Dollar coin. The Obverse (“heads” side) of the coin still features the head of George Washington as it has since 1932, but the old 1932 Heraldic Eagle on the “tails” side was replaced by a design which honors each state. Five different state designs were issued each year from 1999 to 2008.

                The program was popular and livened up the old 25 cent coin design which is now about 85 years old. So starting in 2009, the program was extended to include other territories in the country which are not states. So the series now includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

                Our president Trump you may recall recently announced that he had met with the President of the Virgin Islands…..clearly not realizing that HE is the President of the US Virgin Islands. (Which he might have known if he had been paying attention to the quarters in his pocket.)

                And Congress and the Mint is keeping the new quarter dollar reverse designs coming. The “America the Beautiful” program started in 2010. It features depictions of national parks and other scenic and historic sites in America……a total of 56 different designs, coming at the rate of five per year. The Mount Rushmore design is unusual, as it features the monument under construction, with workers dangling from ropes and scaffolding, sculpting the faces of Washington and Jefferson.

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    2. Looking at the film of the Navajo lands that Danny sent on Soppy Sunday, I kept seeing faces in the sandstone rock formations. I didn’t know that there was a name for it though.

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