What can I see? What can I smell? What can I hear?Yet in what I imagine to be heightened awareness, I am often surprised ― not by what I see, hear, or smell, rather by the flicker of something I have just missed.
|A School of Minnows|
Annie Dillard devotes a chapter to Seeing in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She writes that the most obvious objects in nature are often the most difficult to see.
Nature is one of those line drawings of a tree that are puzzles for children.We are creatures deceived by expectation. Often we only see what we expect.
― Annie Dillard
My eyes account for less than one percent of the weight of my head. I'm bony and dense; I see what I expect.― Annie DillardHow do we tune our senses to the unexpected?
If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. ― Heraclitus