The question is not what you look at, but what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

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(Photos by A Curious Introvert)

As we journey out into the world each day we encounter various opportunities, experiences, images and people in the universe and it is the careful observer who takes the time to truly observe the wonder and promise of everything around them.  It is fascinating to realize that as we walk the same streets, swim the same waters and float through our days that each of us is holding a unique grasp of the world.  The feather floating in the water as the kayaker slides by may be worthy of a photo and provoke thoughts of a mother’s words of wisdom that “when times are uncertain, float until you know what direction you wish to take,” while this same feather may never be seen by the boaters intent on the thrill of speed who never see what small miracles the water holds.  We have all heard the phrases “every picture tells a story” and “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but what is special about Thoreau’s quote is that we are all given the chance to see the world through our unique eyes of experience and that if we take the time to truly stop we may be amazed at what our eyes are really seeing.  Do we actually see through the eyes of our loved ones their hopes, dreams and disappointments or do we only see our interpretation of what we expect others are experiencing?  Does an image of morning peace dscf0084that brings a feeling of contented bliss to one individual represent loneliness to another?  If people viewing the same images do not know the story behind the photo, does it matter what the story is if there is something in the photo that speaks to your inner soul, sense of humor or curiosity about the world?  Years ago I spent a wonderful day with my mother at the Detroit Zoo and, while when I look at these images I think of the wonderful laughter shared with my mother that day, others may see animals with a sense of humor or nature trying to send the world a message.

As we experience the world and share it with those around us or with the world through blogs and Instagram, it is at times difficult to express the meaning of what we encounter and how it represents our view of the world, but as we share with each other it is amazing to see the world through so many different eyes.  Sharing photos that say something about who we are (love of learning and dreams of traveling to Europe), the curious eyes in which we view the world, the simple things we encounter, and unexpected surprises, like a fall scarecrow that reminds you of all the times you and your mother watched one of the greatest movie scenes ever made, provide a wonderful reminder of all the magical things waiting for us to take notice.


6 Replies to “The question is not what you look at, but what you see. – Henry David Thoreau”

    1. Thank you for the great comment. Over the last year I have really tried to go out every day with the camera and it has really changed how I see the world. Now I find myself always looking around with or without the camera and am amazed by what I see and the things I never took the time to notice.


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