a) the art of protection through deceptive use of colour and form
b) any device employed to conceal or deceive
Today I viewed a newsprint photo of a young screech owl...having an afternoon nap...camouflaged in a hollowed out tree limb. Its feathering of grays blended so well with the rough bark, it caused me to search to locate this owlet. I reflected on the wildlife paintings of Robert Bateman, whereby he captured such scenes. Wolves in the Moonlight was one such illustration of his.
Series of photos are often e-mailed to me depicting animals, birds, insects, even reptiles...all blending and camouflaged colourfully and texturally with their selected environment...so vital to protection!
Human beings occasionally employ a form of camouflage to “cover up” situations...with intent to deceive others to believe wrongly. Often the spoken words are ambiguous and intentionally left to the interpretation of the listener...who may understand either rightly...or wrongly. Even consider hunters and fishermen who, through use of decoys, deceive their prey.
This is a FIRST, to you my interested readers! I invite you to e-mail to me a brief personal story or experience you encountered illustrating either meaning of “Camouflage”. These I'd gather to publish in a later blog presentation. I guarantee that I'll use only your Christian (first) name attached to your writing...or refer to you as “interested reader”...whichever you prefer; please advise at time of sending.
I anticipate hearing from you...at earliest convenience.
Requested by Merle Baird-Kerr...March 23, 2014
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