Usually when I’m out in the woods here in Timu, I notice the many wonderful kinds of trees. But one morning recently, my focus shifted serendipitously to the smaller, humbler plant life around the rock I was sitting on. All of a sudden, what was before ‘just grass’ at my feet, sprung out at me in all its timid diversity. In a matter of minutes, I had picked out nine different kinds of grass (and I know I missed some) on the basis of their different seed-heads.
The thin, forked one:The spiny head one:
The long, fuzzy one:
The one that smelled like a kitchen spice:
The froofy one:
The oatsy one:
The Christmas-tree-looking one:
The other Christmas-tree-looking one:
The the one whose seeds stick to everything:
I'm afraid those are about the most scientific descriptions I can give for now...
As human beings, we have the ability to focus our attention on things around us to discover (and sometimes create) meanings and patterns. But we’re made in such a way that we can only focus on so much detail at one time. Too often we go through life focused only on this thing or that thing and miss literally a whole universe. (Did you know that it is now thought that we have identified only 2% of the earth’s estimated 100,000,000 biological species? I wonder if all these kinds of grass are already known?)
What details are you missing (out on)?