Suit and Tie

At the Crane Festival this past March I saw a tiny owl who was concealed perfectly against the bark of a tree. She was VERY difficult to see. Nature’s deception is evolutionary adaptation to give a plant or animal a better shot at surviving. There’s no malice or even duplicity in this, just the amoral neutrality of keeping alive. And, for that, the plant or animal doesn’t know it’s “deceiving” anyone or anything. It’s just THERE. The plant that smells like rotting meat, the bird eggs that look like rocks, camouflage that hides the hunter, the flowers that look like butterflies, even my dog, Bear, whose coloring would allow her (if she were employed) to blend in with the herd of sheep she’s guarding.

People, on the other hand, can intentionally deceive others, and I’m one of the biggest patsies in the universe. Uncovering human deception never brings that small gasp of wonder, “Wow! It’s not a blade of grass! It’s a bug!!!” In nature it’s about concealment from predators, attracting necessary help breeding, and getting food rather than BEING food.

Wait a minute…

One of the things I like about my life now is that I don’t have to act like someone else in order to get paid.

“Society is a joint stock company in which the members agree for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

In the featured photo there is a mountain lion. She is stalking the elk whose butt you see in the foreground. The easiest way to find her is by enlarging the photo and tracking backward from the elk along what you think might be the lion’s line of sight. The elk has NO idea he’s being stalked; the lion’s ability to hide and appear to be rocks and bushes is that good.

the photo above is a link to some larger images. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Suit and Tie

  1. Blending with the herd equals safety and being different means being a target… I think it is still that way to a degree. That primal imperative for safety might explain self segregation and cliques and even to an extent the dislike of individualism. Being that if you let that different one remain with the herd it puts the herd on the radar so to speak… Not condoning it just an observation. Too many don’t use their brains to over ride the illogical impulses of the reptilian brain…

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