Observe and Edit

Look down to the pic on the bottom right of the page, scroll.
Right now there is a photo of an old fire call box on the side of a building.

old firbox on side of building

Stop and smell the roses,
or stop and observe all things around you
Hidden in Plain sight
Click through the link to go to a post by RMACTSC on Survival Awareness
(linking and trying something new) follow for similar, though different words and reasons to be situationally  aware !

Did you notice any in your area? Do you see the small details around you? Your life might depend on this skill, what you see most do not observe, what you hear most do not listen too. Below you will see a series of photos, the first is the original photo, the next are close-ups, edited parts of that single image to draw your attention to what I see when I look around. Remember the Picasso Brain theory that I wrote about. This is how I see, this is how I hear, this is how I live everyday.

When the primitive brain sends out a signal it is in the form of discomfort, tingling, hairs standing on edge or some other signal. Ever get that feeling someone is watching you, or you feel uncomfortable? The primitive brain is capable of amazing things, if the front brain lets it.

So, this is a two-sided exercise;

Grab your camera, take photos of only things you would not normally take photos of, look where you normally do not, look into the shadows, look into the areas that are always seen, observe everything. do this daily, or a few times today, then some more in a day or so. Now do you see more than you did before? Notice the rust slowly creeping down the wall from that bolt or screw, see the manhole cover for the first time, look at the water drop on the leaf.

Let your eye and brain pick out details you would not normally notice, train your brain, train you senses to help you live. Today, tomorrow, in a SHFT situation, in an emergency.

This trains your brain to observe and be more in tune with your environment. This might save your life or the life or your Son or Daughter one day. Do you smell something that is just off, or hear something different. Listen to the sounds that are natural or normal, pay attention to the sounds, did something change? Did the birds stop chirping, did the insects go silent, what is happening, what is about to happen around you, near you, close to you, OR TOO YOU !!

aprl 004bbNext is what I see, zoom in on the detail;

Now again, the original image. Next two following are the same image just modified by the Digital editing software to slightly enhance the original photo into the image I want to get too.

aprl 004bbClose ups!
4a1bEdited images 4a1bb

See &

Listen and hear

Do not be afraid to experiment with parts of your photos, your environment, photo editor, your observation powers, your brain and how it works. Learn to draw your subject to you, it is called ” Calling the Shots ” and ” Drawing the Target to you ”
basically it means to focus your brain, concentrate and observe.

BarnTextures 051 Another example 51c

How about cropping in, to just the bits of hay hanging in on the hinge on the sliding door, or how about just zooming in to the wood texture itself,

or the most interesting and detailed metal wheel that is the slider on the track,

or the rust from the nail heads on this 100+ plus year old sliding inside barn door? wheel1wheel2





PS.. in the spirit of full disclosure, all photos on this page taken with an Iphone_3g, Edited lightly with Paint Shop Pro 5, so it is not even a real camera, just grab your phone, start seeing your environment differently.


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5 responses to “Observe and Edit

  1. You’ve made some excellent points. The instinct of observation whether it be sight, smell, touch or simply intuition is a basic trait that many people have let slide in this society. I think it’s a vital human survival foundation that needs to be re-learned by many.
    Thanks for a great post……………. again!

    • Grammom, thanks for stopping by again.
      I think most people are basically nesters now, they stay inside, no gardens, walk on concrete and think the world is safe!

      Gardeners, permaculturists, survivalists, preppers, homesteaders all know that is not the way of the world.

      Try an experiment, move those little Gnomes around in the garden and see who notices or not, make them do silly things as well, most people will not even notice that,
      Cheers !

  2. Excellent post. Very timely.

    • Yes, weirdly so actually! This morning I was in the process of writing this, took a bread and read your article, then decided to modify it a little bit and add in a link to your site’s post .. see link above with the FireBox pic.

      I like making cooperative posts, so thanks for liking this one as well, I really appreciate your pleasant and positive feedback, I need that in my life right now.
      Cheers ~Wild_E

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