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Go somewhere you go all the time and find a brand-new point of view from which you've never seen it before. Maybe you could look at your home from the top of another building, or stand in a little-used corner of a favorite park to observe picnickers. Remind yourself that no matter how well we know a place, it still has more secrets to share.

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Stories (10)

  • Jelena Woehr

    At the beach last week in Naples, Florida, I decided to consciously try to get a literal "bird's eye view" after noticing how many different species I was seeing in one place. It's fascinating how swimmers and beach-goers don't disrupt these birds' routine at all, including the osprey pictured, who is nesting a few feet from where chairs and umbrellas are set up on a heavily used beach. The biggest annoyance the raptor seemed to be facing wasn't human intervention, but a flock of noisy crows who were determined to chase her away. Also pictured are a little blue heron (no, that's actually the name of the species) and a snowy egret. These birds apparently often travel in mixed flocks, according to the Audubon Society, and sure enough they were hunting small fish together at sunset. The abundant fish at the shore and a nearby, convenient mangrove swamp for nesting and shelter seem to outweigh any negatives associated with fishing so close to human activity. Much like peregrine falcons have learned to exploit skyscrapers as nesting material, I noticed some birds making the best of their cohabitation with human swimmers by waiting for splashing children to drive schools of fish toward them, then swooping in for a snack. (Or maybe I'm anthropomorphizing? But it sure looked like they positioned themselves a few yards down from swimmers repeatedly...)

  • leesea7

    I climbed up to Celo Knob and in Western North Carolina last weekend and had a incredible view of the valley where I live and farmed in 2009 and visit often. The view involved a 3000 foot climb to a series of eastern facing rock outcroppings. The view of the valley was magnificent as I tried to identify landmarks. The decent down a connector trail the most rugged trail I have hiked. It was totally worth it. I have a new appreciation of the view from the valley and a greater sense of place.

  • Cairns

    Watershed Cairns places markers made of found-glass at locations in the St. Louis metro to draw attention to places where the watershed is working to clean the water - or not. Because the glass is fragile, the Cairns are removed after the photos are taken. Here, the Technology will / won't save us is pictured in the River des Peres which has become a giant storm sewer. You can see more at www.watershedcairns.com and at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO, August 16, 2014 - February 8, 2015

  • Dvortygirl

    I feel like I often see places from new angles. One of the best ways is to go out on a bike or on foot. There's so much more than one can see racing past on the middle of the street at automobile speeds. Going a little slower and tuning in to the little things lets me spot new stuff even on the same route I've been commuting or the same block I've lived on for some time. It also affords time to stop and see the little things when you spot them.

  • Ree Varcoe

    My youngest son enjoyed the view from the sofa while reading The Alchemist instead of being glued to the television (which is happily out of service at the mo). Quiet evenings remind me of visits to my grandmother's as a young girl. We never watched tv and would entertain ourselves by dancing to records or playing outside.

  • Kelly Girnas

    During a late spring sunset, I marveled at the pinkish hues of the setting sun on my neighborhood lake. An ethereal glow reflected calm waters like glass set afire.
    It ignited my appreciation for the beauty that surrounds me daily.

  • MOONSHADOW

    I love flowers and we often do not take a close look at them...........they say so much when we approach them .......this one says, "look at me, I am beautiful!"

  • Diego Faria

    someday i realize that my balcony view is awesome.

    I try to see it in different time every day to catch new views :)

  • Steve Mumford

    I stopped on ride to appreciate one of the many marvels whose significance too frequently becomes just part of the background.

  • Jelena Woehr

    The attached images are:

    - The sunset from my balcony -- I rarely have the good fortune to be at home for the good sunsets. And if I am, I often go somewhere else! It was a treat to realize that I can see a great sunset from my own home.

    - A big blue building (I think it's something to do with Scientology?) that I often drive by, seen from the roof of a parking garage in Hollywood. It's so imposing and beautiful from this angle, like some sort of out of place palace, rather than the garish appearance it tends to have when driving by.

    - City lights from my usual night walking path, seen framed by two palm trees that I usually just walk by without noticing them. It occurred to me from this view how much palm fronds look like huge green feathers. Appropriate for the city of angels, no?