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Getting too much stimulation? Go find a tree.

By Gary Bogue
Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 6:31 am in Animals, Nature.

My friend Brian is an old-school philosopher and he has a simple yet complicated way of looking at life as most philosophers do. It’s the nature of the beast.

Take a look at this e-mail Brian just sent me. (Yes, even philosophers know how to use computers.)

Now is a great opportunity to go out in the open space or a park and just sit under a tree in the morning or evening to just watch what is going on.

See who is picking up nesting material and where they are going with it. See how many nests are being built in the area. What kind of material are the birds using to build their different nests?

Since we are used to so much stimulation these days, it’s a little difficult for us to sit in one place for an extended period of time. Nature works at it’s own pace which we have trouble adjusting to.

This exercise in sitting and watching develops your skills in seeing things in more detail. As you acquire those skills it’s a gift you can carry with you wherever you go and it will add to the enjoyment of great vacations because you have taught yourself to see so much more.

I’m going to be sitting around with 1600 mm of lens and taking photos of what I see this weekend. (Brian, Walnut Creek, CA)

See what I mean? Be sure you pick the right tree. Mine is in my own backyard. You don’t have to go far to see great things. /Gary

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  1. Debi Says:

    Gary, I have now seen just about everything ! 2 weeks ago, while driving over Bailey Rd from Concord heading to Bay point, I saw a freaken CAMEL grazing in the grass on the side of the road! He was on the left side and the area he was in is part of the old Concord Navel Weapons Station. What is up with this? Do you or have your readers also seen this camel ? I saw it again the same day when I headed back home to Concord, not since then has he been in view . I am not a drinker either ….

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    A local land developer in Contra Costa County has a couple of camels and some bison that can occasionally be seen on his property while you’re driving on Bailey Road between Concord and Bay Point. No, you are not crazy. It is kind of a surprise, though. /Gary

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