Monday, April 30, 2007
Great Horned Toads!
I was out for my evening perambulations and came across this delightful little chap noshing his way through an ant colony.
I watched him for a while, walked home and got my digital camera, walked back -- he was still there.
Found out that the batteries in my camera were dead, dinked around with them for a good quarter-hour, walked back home, got in the pick-up and went downtown to fetch some more batteries.
Went back to his ant mound -- and he was still there. Ham.
I hear folks -- some of whom would be considered horned toad experts -- lamenting the disappearance of these little lizards from North Texas.
Thing is, I see them pretty much every time I'm in the boonies.
I tend to wonder if these folks are looking for horned toads, and just not seeing them.
This is a troubling trend that I see -- by no means limited to prehistoric ant assassins -- in which people just aren't seeing what they're looking at. I have no idea how many people walked past me while I was futzing about with my camera who are completely clueless as to what I was taking pictures of.
Too many people walking by, looking at Yard, Generic, One Ea. and not seeing the flowers ... or the horned frog.
And yes -- me being me -- seeing what you are looking at is an invaluable aid to surviving. Don't just look at Street, Urban, Dingy, One Ea. -- see it: where are the ways out (both standard and non-traditional), how many people are present, possible improvised tools, ambush points -- see all of this, but also see the other things. The things that speak to you and lift your spirits. Decorations. Colours. Horned toads.
I have walked down a street and noticed a single red flower in the midst of a hedge so green that it defies labels -- that red flower in a green hedge a picture easily as soothing and uplifting to the soul as any painting on a wall of a museum. And people all around me walking by and not seeing it.
I wish I knew how to teach people to see rather than just look -- I rather think I could make a fortune at it.