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Sunday, July 17, 2016

OUT IN NATURE


New Age Naturalist


"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau



21 comments:

  1. A very nice contrast between the two photos - loved the title!

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    1. visualnorway -- thanks for the comment -- mobile phones are all the rage with the youth in this country -- barbara

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  2. Nice quote. Hopefully, he looks away from his phone every now and then and enjoys the life and nature that surrounds him.

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    1. Janet -- It is a different world now with all these phones walking around being held like they were a baby. -- thanks barbara

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  3. This morning on the radio I heard someone suggest that we ought to have a National Look Where You're Going Day. I think he was joking.

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    1. John -- A National Look Where You're Going Day is not a bad idea. Only one needs it to be every day for the phone huggers. Thanks -- barbara

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  4. Everyone is talking about playing Pokemon Go on their phones, and some of us older people are saying "on my headstone I want it to say I never played Pokemon Go." The only good thing is that more folks are actually walking around. Unfortunately without seeing where they are going!

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    1. Barbara -- What is really scary is that teens are driving their cars while playing Pokemon! My little garden spot is near a large open area -- here I view teens running all over with their phones in their hand. I ask myself what good are they doing for themselves. -- thanks barbara

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  5. I smile at all the men and women, boys and girls, who carry phones just like we carried a clutch purse.

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    1. Joanne -- My thoughts were along similar lines only my thoughts were they look like they are holding a tiny puppy in their hands and holding it close to their waist. But, yes, a purse fits the look too. thanks -- barbara

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  6. I Left a note yesterday but maybe it didn't go through. I am amused by HD Thoreau's hair in the photo -- I've read that he cut his own hair, it certainly looks like it. But he would be the first to remark that what's on the outside of the head is secondary to what's inside. The quote is worthy of posting over our computers -- so we might look out at the world and not at a screen.

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    1. June -- I think you are right as I did not receive a note from you in the last couple days. A computer has a mind of its own sometimes. Yes, I do think about the time spent on the computer and find cutting back is a solution. I have already cut out 99 percent of the news I watch and that feels real good. As you do not have a T.V. and neither do I watching a screen eliminates some of the day to day watching. -- thanks -- barbara

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    1. Hattie -- Well the young are certainly hooked on the phone games. Glad it wasn't so during my generation. -- thanks -- barbara

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  8. Not so sure about the direction the world is taking at the moment. People with their heads stuck in their phones chasing virtual creatures rather than being in awe of their surroundings and appreciating how fortunate they are.

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    1. Tammy -- I wonder if there are studies being done on the phenomenon? Sure puzzles me that the phone has caused so many to become addicted. -- thanks -- barbara

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  9. Pretty powerful post when you think about it. I must admit to being more than mildly attached to my phone but only from a work aspect. It has become a tremendous communication asset for me. Yesterday I was delivering a tanker full of milk to a cheese plant. I was outside sitting on a cement wall while it was being unloaded. I was on my phone checking emails and reading the news. I sensed something watching me. As I turned to my left I looked into a crack between the stones and saw two eyes of a small snake staring at me as if to say, "Really, a beautiful day like today and your sitting there reading about Hillary and Donald mudslinging like a couple of playground children? Put the phone down and check out those billowing cumulus nimbus floating above our heads." Snake 1, Phoneman 0. I slid the phone into my pants pocket and sat there in silence soaking up the sun. This post spoke to my experience perfectly.

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    1. John -- What a great story you tell in your comment. Love the comments made by that very smart snake reminding you to put the phone down and check out the billowing clouds. It is startling to me that some people are willing to give up a good walk observing their surroundings. Phones have created a huge addiction problem!

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  10. Yesterday I was a top a mountain, gazing, sketching the bay and island below. A young woman was nearby. She never once took her eyes off her phone. She took some pictures of the bay, but never looked!! There was some sort of Pokemon Go fundraiser event in a bigger city up the road. Some teens on the news said it was good, it got them outdoors...I thought that was weird, but it is a different generation.

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    1. Rita -- Oh how funny -- the teens saying Pokemon is getting them outside. I grow a small plot at a community garden and just recently some teens came by with phones playing some game where one shouted out "kill him." My I thought, this is some rough game at least mentally. Then I heard the word Pokemon -- my first introduction to seeing and hearing the game played. They were all staring at their phones like the woman on your mountain top. I found it a bit sad. -- thank -- barbara

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  11. Oh sigh....

    Why do so many, close off the natural world around them, in some way or other? Running, with ear buds in. Leaning against a tree, with attention only on a cell phone. -sigh-

    Luna Crone

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