There are a great many things and beings in the world and the majority of them exist and live in obscurity. Most people don’t notice objects and beings during their daily routine or in familiar places. We only tend to notice and see those things that affect us directly or that cross our paths in a startling way. The bird above is partly obscured by the colors of the leaves and flowers surrounding him, his size, and the berries. But even if the branches were bare it’s very likely we would walk by the tree and not notice him, possibly not even notice that the branches were, in fact, bare, or even notice the tree at all. Our attention is so occupied by our thoughts or by the conversation we’re having or by actions we’re taking that we spare no time for the world around us. This is not always a negative thing, we must direct all our attention in a single direction at times, but certainly not all the time. It may be to our advantage to spread our concentration around us to allow many, rather than few, things and people a portion of our attention. Objects normally obscure may offer us a new friendship, a new subject for artistic expression, or a train of thought that leads us to a new beginning in some way. Paying attention to the world around us is an important skill to develop both in terms of safety and of opportunity. Putting all your concentration into scouting the area around you all the time, however, is useless; using a strategy of glancing over your surroundings and training yourself to catch interesting things out of the corner of your eye does not take up all of your attention or distract you from a primary task. Wouldn’t you prefer to be aware of the things around you and not move blindly through life?