“Hmmm” he said, looking at it closely. We washed it, and suddenly out of the dirt gleamed a shiny gold Queen Victoria sovereign! It was such a thrill.
I used to get windowsill putty and put it on cheap pots, then my excavated treasures would be carefully stuck into the putty. The adorned containers would become presents for special people in my life. I was incredibly proud of them. I could never bring myself to stick the sovereign into putty though. It was in mint condition, and today is in the capable hands of my daughter!
A while ago I was looking at some photos I'd taken on Flinders Island, one of my favorite places in the world. One thing I particularly love are the amazing rocks there. No doubt millions of years ago they had formed after an enormous volcanic eruption, coupled with the rising of the land from the sea. Something caught my eye as I wistfully looked at these magnificent rocks. Was I actually looking at an enormous fossil?
There's so much to see every day and yet we miss things, those of us who are fortunate enough to have eyes that see.
Lately I've taken to examining the pebble beaches that are a big part of Sechelt, and sure enough, there are fossils embedded in them too. It takes a practiced eye to find them, but my, the reverence you feel as you connect with these creatures from long ago, that are now embedded in stone forever.
A tree isn't just a tree, or a plant just a plant, but a host or shield for animals, reptiles and insects. They are all masters at hiding in plain sight.
Let's also not forget the humans who have learned to do the same. Their reasons are usually to either evade the law, become a secret predator, or to protect themselves.
One of my good online friends texted me a couple of years ago to tell me she was awakened by a SWAT team outside. Turns out a young woman had disappeared while out walking and was being kept against her will in the house right opposite. Read below about this story. Of course my friend had no idea. It makes you wonder how many other folks this has happened to.
Captive woman beaten, threatened, forced into sex
Every day, no matter where you walk, it can help you,or someone else to be an investigative watcher. You don't have to get down and dirty for this habit to increase the richness of your life.
What was hiding in plain sight in your life today?