Practicing Skills of Observation

When we find ourselves in a quite moment, it’s amazing to observe what detail surrounds us. Our senses are on alert to report their findings. I enjoy playing the game of observation. I tend to lean most heavily on vision, and I’ll look around… like in cinema, where most scenes start with an establishing shot, then progress to consecutively tighter shots until you reach an extreme close-up. Important information such as wind direction, spacing of tracks, shape of foliage, slope of the landscape, or other such details can mean the difference on whether or not we will be able to drink, eat, or be safe. You can “see” the photograph above showing a patch of clover, but what do you “observe”?

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