Worldwide Rock Bestiary

The sea lion, Ploumanach, Brittany


If the pink granite coast also has its bestiary of stone, the Fontainebleau forest contains some very strange rocks with such forms you’d swear that nature had fun reproduce humans or animals, especially animals.


Beg Meil, FinistèreRobert Charroux drew some surprising conclusions:
this bestiary stone would be the laboratory where nature has developed animal forms.

With a bold personification, Charroux lends to nature a human behavior that discredits his too nice thesis.

A touch of freshness in this raw and rude world.

Without giving nature a sculptor gift, you can still ask whether these animal forms are really natural.

Or if someone would not have helped nature a little.



Ostel Druidic stone, Aisne, FranceThis someone must have been a true lover of big stones from around the world, and probably belonged to the megalithic civilization. Someone who has not carved these rocks unaided or without tools. Using rock fusion technology, as these modern tunnel boring …

The photo below shows a dolmen of the Loire, situated several hundred kilometers from the forest of Fontainebleau.

However, we find the same rocks, the same ornate folds, the same scales …  as if the Megalithics had brought the stones from Fontainebleau …


Dolmen Saint Romain d'Urfé, Loire, France


We notice that in any case the weight of the stones did not seem to bother them much. This civilization megaliths could remonstrate to us in many chapters. If only we could admit its existence. 



See below The Lovers Rock, Païolive Wood, Ardeche, Rhône-Alpes, France. Also know as the Bear and the Lion Rock. Unlike Fontainebleau, Païolive wood is an astonishing forest of petrified rock and white oak that extends over 16 kilometres of Park land near Les Vans (Ardèche).




The wood forms a series of labyrinths created by erosion: a mineral and vegetal felsenmeer that contains the shapes of natural sculptures in a white oak forest. A curiosity of nature, this wood is abounding with wildlife and flora. The area has been inhabited by humans at least since the Upper Paleolithic, as attested by the famous cave paintings at Chauvet Pont d’Arc. The plateau of the Ardeche river has extensive standing stones (dolmens and menhirs), erected thousands of years ago.



Ploumanac'h, Côtes d'Armor


In Brittany, the beautiful rounded rocks of the Pink Granite Coast still raise many questions without providing any answers.




On pagetop appears one of those pink granite rocks, here are two more. But nothing can replace a visit.

The pink granite coast extends over twenty kilometers from Perros Guirec Ploumanac’h in the Cotes d’Armor.


Rocks of Ploumanac'h, Pink granite coast, Cotes d'Armor, France


But it is especially the delightful village of Ploumanac which concentrates the most beautiful “works.”



Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland has many rocks with distorted shapes, shaped by molten lava that solidified on contact with icy water. Some of these rocks are somehow troubling.

Here a monumental elephant head appears from the depths of time, a time that was not ours, but that of large animals and giants.





Strangely shaped rocks, are found on all continents. Which doesn’t mean they are natural. Giants were supposed to live worldwide. And they were natural too.

Still in Europe, the famous sculpted rocks of Sardinia, which has more of an archaeological wonder. Or geological?




First this reef that offers the visitor a beautiful sky animal figure that you’ll have no trouble identifying.

Other rocks have strange shapes, found on all continents. Some of them seem to have been shaped by nature alone, like the rocks of Fontainebleau or those of Ploumanac.


Capo d'Orso, Sardinia


This natural look is what makes them so disturbing. The rounded shapes, languorous, of Britanny’s rock along the Côte de granit rose contrast with the sharp rocks – somehow cut with a flint –  such as those of Capo d’Orso Sardinia, above and below. 


Capo d'Orso, Sardinia


New Zealand

That’s a lot of elephants, I say. We can find -naturally- this powerful figure in many other rocks around the world.

Here in New Zealand, an austal island that has never, to our knowledge, known living stock of elephants, apart from those in zoos.





Once again, I tell you! This one comes from Molokai, Hawaii, USA. But what is the buzz with these big beasts? Animals without tusks as you noticed.

Just the beginning of a tusk, in the shadows at the corner of the mouth. The realism of the imitation is too perfect to be attributed to the blind elements.




Otherwise we must admit that the wind, fire, ice, earthquake, landslide and all causes that contributed to this artwork are conscious entities as we are, and artists better than we are.

Anyway, if you have knowledge of a elephantine rock around you or in your walks, do not hesitate to send me a photo. How many are they on this planet?



Sometimes, as we have seen, nature has been a sculptor draft and finished the work. A correspondent tells me the magnificent dolmen carved below, photographed somewhere in India. Carved into a lizard’s head, or lizard … or dinosaur?


Dinosaur-headed dolmen, India



These sculptures can not be the work of chance, since it does not exist. Some rock formations, like the one below the Sahara are considered entirely natural. This does not preclude an unknown artist to have a little remodeling.


Strange natural rock formations in Sahara. Did I say natural?



In megalithic wonderland, besides the gigantic blocks carved to perfection, we also find rocks that look natural, but do not have the song. Here it imposing block decorates the courtyard of a tourist hotel in Cuzco. There are cups and bowls in large numbers, the distribution affects a spiral shape.





In Thailand, in the natural park of Phu Pha Toep, many bizarre rocks are the delight walkers. Despite the patter of geologists, it pays a lot to nature, I think.


Phu-Pha-Toep, Thailand


Another image of this natural (ahem) park of Thailand. To the extent that we now know that Civilization Pyramid was global, insofar as we found megaliths and Cyclopean walls on five continents, one wonders if these rocks are not a category that we dolmens had escaped so far.


Phu-Pha-Toep National Park, Thailand



Some rocks show signs of sculpture in Azerbaijan to Bosnac, is this mid-natural composition, half artifact, where animal forms mingle statuary. Here the human work does not seem questionable.


Bosdag, Azerbaïdjan


All lovers of the stones around the world are kindly requested to send me pictures of their strange rocks, where they live, or elsewhere. If the photos are quite numerous, a new approach of megalithic become possible thanks to you.



Every innocent joy is a remnant of Eden.
Marguerite Yourcenar