The Illusion of Reality

Finding a video embedded in a Blog post isn't an unusual occurrence, whereas, finding a still photograph that appears to contain moving elements is. Not an editing trick but the product of your own mind. Take a look at this photograph, giving it your attention for a...

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Crystal Clear and Camouflage

This is a simple picture of water and seabirds but it requires a highly developed brain to distinguish all the various elements that help us make sense of what we are looking at. Crystal Clear and Camouflage. Birds, Beach and Waves, share the same colors and shapes -...

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Head North for some Sunshine

If I made a list of possible locations for this picture, I'm not sure if the North Coast of Scotland would be an option chosen by many people and yet that is where this photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. An added contradictory detail is that the weather forecast...

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Everything in the Universe

When you look at this image, you are looking at everything that exists in your Universe. How you interpret what you see is personal, individual, from a particular perspective. But we are all looking at the same thing. Consider the possibility that in order for...

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Flying Flowers and Fairies

I grew up in the small coastal town of Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland and I believed in fairies. It's not difficult to believe in something that you have seen and I saw them pretty much everywhere. In retrospect, they could have been butterflies but then again who cares....

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Labels and emotions

Feelings rank higher than words in our evolutionary process. What? Education gives us the words for things and we can feel(!) pretty clever when we know the name of a flower or type of insect or Nutritional value of a Peanut. How we actually feel about something is...

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What am I looking at?

I was making my morning round of the garden with the dogs when I spotted a piece of bark that had dropped off a Birch tree during a heavy rainstorm. Birch bark has a beautiful silver papery appearance which adds depth and texture in a delicate way. What made this...

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Imagine

You can use the power of your imagination to tell a story based upon an abstract shape. What thoughts come to mind when you look at this picture? Compare your thoughts with friends and family. We don't all see the same things - this could explain a lot about our...

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Colors and Shapes

Your brain reacts to everything that claims your attention, whether you're aware of it or not. Colors can attract or repel for apparently no reason at all. Our relationship with shapes is even more complex. We learn the name of things but if we are asked to draw even...

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