Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - April 27, 2005)
Different perspectives of life
Its all in the view from where youre
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|The perception of our world is
based upon the place we happen to be sitting while viewing that
It was nearing noon. We didnt need to check our watches, look at our Palm
Pilots or turn our eyes to the sky to know that it was nearing noon. Hunger pangs
demanded we take a break and stop somewhere for lunch.
Along a gray brick office strip, almost hidden, we found a small deli. The walls
were bravely papered in tiny black and white checks and then peppered with framed
sports photos and memorabilia.
While waiting for our order I took a look around overhearing one man say to
another, Hey, did you hear
they scouting for grizzlies.
Hmmm, this nature writers ears perked up
grizzlies? I wondered.
At this point the other man responded, Yeah, Whites in the lead with
nine goals and 18 assists for the Grizzlies
goin up against the
Aeros seekin to tie the series with the
Now wait a minute ... Grizzlies
I listened more carefully,
but this didnt sound like any conversation Id ever conversed in about
Wolves and Grizzlies. In a corner another gentleman was reading the sports section
of the newspaper. He looked up on occasion, smiled and nodded. I soon gathered this
was a secret signal or prompt to alert the other men to speak in the secret code
you dont know what youre talkin bout, Wolves
gonna whip up on those Aeros, for us to win down the stretch here, its got to
be a full 60.
I could have been in France, I thought, and understood the language better. As we
observed complete strangers walking into the deli then out of the blue, with no
inhibitions, ardently engage in conversation with other strangers speaking this
foreign language. They knew exactly what the other person was talking about and
could pick up a conversation in midstream. It was as if they were all from the same
local tribe meeting around a sacred watering hole.
I remembered something an Elder once told me, Its all in the view from
where youre sitting.
Over the past few weeks, many heads have been turned toward a little owl nest box
made accessible for viewing with a tiny, unobtrusive wildlife cam. Hundreds of
human eyes counted the nestlings, one by one, and watched the owlets grow from
balls of ragged fluff to chicks with big disk eyes. As far as the owlets are
concerned, they have never seen a human. They have no perception they are being
Technology meets nature. Wildlife cams offer us the ability to observe wildlife
undisturbed in their natural habitat. Researchers are pioneering new techniques and
gathering intimate information that they previously had not thought possible.
Wildlife researchers around the world such as, SeeMore Wildlife Systems who utilize
this technology to view their subjects live, in real time through hidden wildlife
cameras. Technology rapidly brings us closer.
Many of us have never seen a grizzly feasting on salmon upon a riverbank or taken
a look within a barn owls nest. Have you ever stood at the oceans edge
and watched elephant seals play? When was the last time you giggled at tiger cubs
playing? As the snow melts and the birch trees are bathed in tangerine light, did
you see the wolves? The latest technology allows us, at the click of a mouse
button, to bring the sounds of the ocean into our living rooms live and watch
penguins playing on ice flows.
We all look at life through our own set of lenses. You may see the world in shades
of blue, or black and white, but another person may see the same world in shades of
tangerine with rainbow stripes. We all speak different languages. Its how we
interpret and react to what is heard and seen that allows us to grow, learn, give
and relate to one another.
What is truth to one person, logical and thought-out, in kind, may be interpreted
or painted in a different tint by another or not be realized at all. As we view our
world through different lenses
as we hear the world, according to what we
may understand or interpret
it will be necessary for us to grasp what is
beyond our little nest box. Its all in the view from where youre
seeing; hearing and understanding
back to nature.
Wildlife Web Cam Links:
SeeMore Wildlife Systems:
Smithsonians Natural History Museum:
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.