In a recent feature on Orion magazine’s Web site, the editors asked me this question: “Does technology merely distract us from the natural world—or can it help us gaze more intently at its varied forms?”
My article, answering that question, is here. In it, I described how I spend more time carrying a camera than a fishing rod, these days. And I wrote:
I find that the camera makes me slow down and look more intently than I normally would. After one hike, I was sitting at my computer, reviewing photos of rock patterns and tree bark. I was suddenly startled by something I had not seen when I took the picture.
Hidden in the bark was an eye, looking back at me.
When I posted the address to the Orion article on my Facebook page, one reader asked me to publish the actual photograph. A wonderful conversation ensued. People posed their theories as to just who’s eye that was, if it was an eye. One mother showed it to her son, and he concluded that the eye belonged to a dragon. I went with her son’s theory.
What do you think? Here’s the photo.
The eye is just right of center and up a bit. See it? It sees you.
Author David Sobel (“Wild Play”) and film maker Camilla Rockwell and I discussed this topic and more during Orion’s live web event in June, “Reimagining Nature Literacy.” Listen to a recording of the conversation here.”
Richard Louv is the author of THE NATURE PRINCIPLE: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder and LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. He is Chairman Emeritus of The Children and Nature Network.