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Camouflage

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02-2010 01a

There are many types of camouflage in use today, primarily outside the human purview. The use of camouflage remains effective in the animal and plant kingdoms and is extremely versatile. It can be and is used for opposite purposes by the same organism at different times; it can also be used to hide in plain sight.  This amazing use of adaptation and evolution has now been developed by human beings since we discovered that it can be applied to many of our activities and speech strategies. We, too, have used camouflage to hunt and to hide, there is a time for both; but it is seldom, if ever, used to remain neutral. While the barracuda hides in the eel grass to wait for prey and to hide from predators we use our constructed camouflage to do the same thing in theaters of war. But war and hunting are not the only human activities in which camouflage is used. We apply all and sundry manner of makeup and clothing styles to advertise our age-group, social status,  educational level, and sexual availability, to name a few. There are also speech patterns we use to fit ourselves into our chosen group; and posture and presentation to solidify us in our chosen niche. To change our niche we need only change these outward signs of our identity and we can ‘pass’ in another group, at least for a while and maybe much longer. Generally we choose these niches rather early in life so find ourselves defined by ourselves and others fairly early on as well. These definitions can be two-edged swords and either help us or hinder us in our quests to strengthen our position in the niche we call home or attempt to redefine ourselves in another mold. however when we define ourselves using specific camouflage we tend to lose sight of our own true selves. Would you rather blow smoke in people’s eyes, use your own unique camouflage, to keep your true characteristics or wear a camouflage ‘uniform’ that provides your identity for you?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

4 thoughts on “Camouflage

  1. I liked this photo in particular! Very nice work! There is something about them.. Nice!

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