I tend to notice shapes and forms in things I see, kind of like a child will when looking at clouds.
I attribute that in part to the kind of work I do where it’s important to be able to visualize what a job will look like when finished.
Also, and mostly I think, from having grown up somewhat feral running through the forests and mountains, part of which is being aware of your surroundings.
Going to a movie or watching television was far from the norm and that gave rise to inventiveness and imagination – the ability to find entertainment in simple things.
Though domesticated to a degree now the forests and mountains remain a favored haunt.
In the above photo of a piece of driftwood I saw along a riverbank, what attracted my attention was what I perceived as the shape of an eagle or some other raptors head, not perfect, but there.
What’s interesting is that at certain times of the year eagles frequent the area, and of course there are other raptors around also – so in a way this piece of driftwood struck me as their totem.
In the natural world totems abound, from an elk or deer antler to bear claw marks made on a tree, all saying this is our land, it is where we and our ancestors have lived for generations before man came, before contrails in the sky, before roads and logging and any noise other than the sound of our own voices.
Fitting that such totems exist, appropriate as well if those they belong to were shown some respect.