Wandering eyes

When we visited a great travel site, we noticed that our eyes often wandered and our attention diverted from the important site to some small detail. We visited a temple in Bangkok, and all we wanted to look at were the ceramic tiles that covered the edifice. Who remembers the temples’ name or history? Those tiles captivated us.

We had to go back and look it up. The temple is Wat Arun.

We had to go back and look it up. The temple is Wat Arun.

We’ve noticed this happen when we bird watch, too. An attempt to stay focused on winged creatures doesn’t always come about when we pass beautiful flowers and compelling landscapes. Birds are twittering in the trees but our cameras focus elsewhere.

Birds flew through Vasona Park, but, instead of birds, we photographed this view of the pond in the early morning.

Birds flew through Vasona Parkin Los Gatos,, but, instead of birds, we photographed this view of the pond in the early morning.

Our eyes wandered again, but we did manage to get an American coot in the photo -- by accident!

Our eyes wandered again, but we did manage to get an American coot in the photo — by accident!

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We’d spotted a flock of cedar waxwings before stepping down a path, and, then forgot the birds entirely when we saw the aptly named egg yolk flower.

We read that Elkhorn Slough, one of the best places to see birds in the mid-California region, would be well worth a day trip, and it was!

Elkhorn-Slough bird watching trip

The eared grebe paddled against the current and that gave us a chance to watch it from a small bridge. Love those red eyes!

Even lovely birds compete with sumptuously colored wildflowers.

Even lovely birds compete with sumptuously colored wildflowers.

What did we miss while our attention was diverted? We’ll never know. We do know that some of our best travel memories – and photos – resulted from wandering eyes.

 

 

April 2015

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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One Response to Wandering eyes

  1. From now on, I will think of my ‘distractions’ as purposeful wandering eyes. 8)

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