The Dark Fairies of Nighttime

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I’ve been taking pictures of fairies.  Not literal fairies, or at least I assume not.  I take pictures of nature and see if I can see the illusion of faces in the foliage, branches and leaves.  This is not as easy as it sounds.  Usually nothing is seen, but on occasion an image appears.

I wondered if there would be any difference between daytime pareidolia and nighttime pareidolia.  There should be no difference as pareidolia is what it is.  I took some pictures of foliage at night and discovered a difference.  Daylight fairies tend to be more whimsical, more jovial.  However, the nighttime fairies are darker…more sinister as they snarl at you from behind leaves.  I can’t explain why this is so.  It couldn’t possibly be genuine fairies staring back at us?

Above is an example.  The daylight fairy is a teatime fairy, a handsome chap holding a teacup under his chin.  The nighttime fairy is a top hat fairy.  He is a scarier character, with black bulbous eyes (or sunglasses) and a frown. Notice there seems to be another face behind his top hat.

The other dark fairies seem to snarl or look ghostly.  Yet, I’d suggest nighttime fairies are not evil; they are just different.  I imagine daylight fairies feel superior to their nighttime fairy brethren.  I think dark fairies are just misunderstood.  Maybe that is why dark fairies have a chip on their shoulder.

Below is another picture.  Take at look at the top image and see if you can detect faces.  Then check out the picture below where I circled faces.  They may not be immediately obvious, but with a bit of imagination you’ll see them.  It is curious how they seem to be clustered together in the same image…

13 Responses to “The Dark Fairies of Nighttime”

  1. Tony Says:

    When I was a child, I would see faces in the shag carpet of my home. It could’ve been trick shadows of the swirl patterns, but the eyes always FOLLOWED me. I would run the faces over with my feet or the vacuum cleaner, but they always come back the next day in different spots of the house. Now, my new house only have hardwood flooring. But sometimes the familiar faces would appear on bathtowels and other cloth materials like sweaters. They would always be looking directly at me. I learned to live with them

  2. Ashley Says:

    I love reading about all things paranormal! And I want so badly to believe in Feys BUT I’m sorry I don’t really see anything as I study the pics above. I think on the first pic I might see the teacup fairy but I dunno….
    Why is it so hard and pretty much impossible to catch a glimpse of these little guys? My hubby laughs at me thinking how crazy I am to even believe in ghosts/spirits, if I were to tell him sure I think there are cute or mischief little Feys hanging out maybe in our beautiful flower gardens, he would prob commit me to the Betty Ford!! :)

    Seriously, thanks for sharing your pics, I hope one day to be able to prove my hubby wrong!!

  3. Chelsea Johnson Says:

    Hi, my name is Chelsea Johnson and I write for Azusa Pacific University’s magazine, “Collide.” I am writing about the current obsession with the occult and supernatural in pop culture and would love to do a short phone interview with you about the topic.

    Please let me know if this is something you’d be interested in.

    Chelsea Johnson

  4. David Says:

    Hi Ashley,
    We know what pareidolia is…seeing recognizable images in randomness, like a face in clouds. However, what is so queer about these pictures is there were multiple pareidolia in a single image. It would be like seeing 3 to 4 faces in a cloud at the same time. This picture was taken of a chain link fence covered by ivy. I scanned every inch of this fence…and only in one section did all this pareidolia emerge. The two enlarged photo sections are actually next to each other. Oh…and the reason I was taking pictures that night was because of a possibly paranormal event taking place, and I went to my car to get my camera to see if I could photograph anything. But that story is for my next blog post.

    As for recognizing the faces in the photo at the top of the blog post, imagine the topmost one has his eyes covered in deep shadow; you can see the bridge of his nose, his mouth covered by a branch. And he appears to be holding his head with long fingers over his brow. With the center image try to imagine again shadow covering his eyes, the bridge of his nose, but the rest of his face obscured by the leaves. He is scowling. Finally, the image at the bottom…can you see the top hat? Under the top hat is a face, which is quite expressive. A small nose, a bit of a frown, but his eyes are …bug-like. Behind him is the suggestion of another face…perhaps his butler? I imagine the Top Hat Fairy to be a gentleman fairy, a fairy of distinction.

  5. David Says:

    Hi Chelsea,
    Thanks for the offer, but I purposely remain anonymous. Why? I work for a living. And with the nature of today’s job situation, it would not be helpful if a current or future employer ever detected anything unusual about myself as an employee…such as writing a blog about the occult. “Occult” is such a loaded word. Imagine if a present/potential future employer googled me and saw this blog. Imagine if the HR was a stout Christian! I’d be so screwed.

  6. David Says:

    Hi Tony,
    I’m not sure what you are seeing. You should try taking pictures when you see these. That is what I would do…you just might photograph something!

  7. Steve Says:

    Dave, I just got this in an email. The paranormal section of About dot com has stories about faries, gnomes & goblins. In case you’re interested..


  8. David Says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the link. Hey, whatever happened to Entrecard? It just disappeared overnight.

  9. Steve Says:


    I understand what you mean about potential employers frowning on some things. I have a friend that is a Pagan and a niece that is a Wiccan Priestess. Yep, I hang with warlocks & witches and I’m Christian. How do ya figure?

    A rose by any other name will still smell like a rose.

    It looks like the EntreCard people took the money and ran. I wonder how many people paid for ads that never ran.

  10. sue Says:

    Hi Dave,
    You’ve missed the most obvious one to me, right in the centre is a face that is a bit like an easter island face
    only more evil, the centre circle of the top 3 is lapping over his eye!

  11. David Says:

    Hi Sue,
    I see what you are see now, I had not noticed it before. This is a very strage photo, full of images that suggest the human face. I examined every inch of this photograph, and they appear only in this one little area. Notice how the facial shadows all are from the same angle…

  12. Rhonda Says:

    I have been seeing a lot of these since my last birthday this year. Started in June. Along with a lot of others on this page. In my back yard. Got a few photos.

  13. David Says:

    Hi Rhonda,
    I’m intrigued by “fairy” images. If you have some, can you post them somewhere? I’d like to see them.

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