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Obscurity

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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?

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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.

14 thoughts on “Obscurity

  1. Through the years I have learned to appreciate many things around me, like nature itself, how little creatures live right next to us, the trees and the ocean, everything has life, it is just amazing.Yes I like to know that way I can kindly respect other beings in this planet, because is not just me here.

  2. When I was watering a friend’s garden for a month I would play a game: what would I see today that I hadn’t seen yesterday? I was shocked by how much I had missed previously, including hanging baskets of plants that I hadn’t noticed at all and was very glad they hadn’t died because of my lack of attention. I still play that game and am still surprised.

  3. Recently I’ve visited some places in Argentina, not all of them had the brightness that I would expected, moreover, many of them are not pretty, so I guess I’m being challenged on this regard. But I will always prefer to be aware of the things around, the things just like they are… I’m still working inwardly, actually making a hard work on that. It’s been nice to read this blog.

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