Friday, July 26, 2013

Hiding in Plain Sight Weekly Link Round-Up

Denis and I were in the pool Thursday evening, wondering if the clouds moving in were going to produce any rain and just enjoying chatting and being in each other's company. We have several recently fledged hummingbirds exploring our back garden and chasing each other all over creation. Denis watched them zip around and around, and he pointed out an adult who'd taken a perch on an advantageous limb that gave him a clear view of any interlopers that might have the gall to fly up and sip from his feeder. Denis smiled and shook his head.

"You know, when I first came here, it took me quite a while before I could see where they'd flown off to. Now I think they're very easy to spot."

So much of the world around us-- especially the natural world-- is right in front of our noses. It's hiding in plain sight. All we have to do is to learn how to see it. When Denis and I were down in Bisbee, this little whiptail lizard in the photo busily rooted around in the leaves and twigs just a foot or two from my toes. He'd hidden between a couple of rocks and watched me for a while, and since I made no sign of having seen him, he thought his coloring and stripes were keeping him hidden from the human.  All you have to do is to know how to see. (Patience doesn't hurt either!)

Hmmm... I wonder if sight is on my mind because I just had my eyes tested and had to fork out the cash for three new pairs of glasses?  I hope I can find the links I've squirreled away for you... lemmee go look....

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff

Living in the Digital World
  • Clever hacks give Google Glass many unintended powers.
  • SIM cards have finally been hacked, and it could affect millions of cell phones.
  • Why the majority of newspaper paywalls will fail.
  • I was more than happy to see that translated fiction continues to gain ground with global audiences.
  • Kindle Singles is introducing an interview series that sounds intriguing.

I  ♥  Lists

That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. It's so true about nature! I really tried to take the time this summer to enjoy my surroundings, knowing that I'm going back to working full time and luxuries like being at a lake in the middle of a weekday will soon become a thing of the past!

    And I always enjoy the links you feature :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  2. Cathy - What a terrific 'photo! And you're right about how just paying attention and being open to it help you see so much of nature. Thanks too for those links. Chocolate and libraries? Sign me up!!!! :-)

    1. If there's a waiting list, I'm sure it's a very long one!

  3. Sounds like you're enjoying the summer. We spend hours watching the birds at our feeders.

    1. Good for the soul-- I can feel my cares float away and my heart rate slow down. :-)

  4. I see concrete but some trees are on my block and there are birds flying around sometimes, occasionally a little sparrow chirps on the ground and I react like I'm seeing a cheetah in the Big Apple - like, wow, so nice to see a living creature here. (I see my share of dogs and cats though.)

    It's wondering that a community of hummingbirds has seen fit to inhabit your yard.

    I don't blame you for being in shock over the cost of three pairs of glasses; even one pair nowadays can damage one's budget.

    Thanks for the links as always.

    1. My hummingbird colony has lived here for years and years, and they're a constant source of pleasure.

      I wasn't so much shocked as amazed over the cost of those three pairs of glasses. In the "Good Old Days" I could easily spend $500 on ONE pair of glasses. (I've never purchased designer frames!) This past week, I spent $479 on THREE pairs. Just goes to show that those good old days weren't always *that* good! LOL


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