Heightened Senses

We live in a multi-sensory world: our daily lives are controlled to a great extent by our senses. The gateways that open up our thoughts are our senses. In essence the majority of us: see, hear, smell, taste and touch constantly throughout each 24 hours.

But ~ Many of us take our senses for granted.

However, some of us can't see, or hear, smell, taste or touch and these special people in our societies can teach us to heighten our senses so that we gain more from the remarkable world around us.

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Isolation is making us more aware of our immediate environment which we tend to take for granted. The other day Jane took us stolling around her home suburb of Sandringham. That is Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - not Sandringham, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Caroline, taking the opportunity to stroll and explore, is taking us around the library precinct in her suburb of Camberwell, Melbourne. Unable to enter the libary for her usual fix of devouring books, she has turned to another great love, capturing fabulous shots with her camera.

In suburbia we tend to notice architectural features first as they dominate the landscape especially if they are particularly attractive structures as shown below. A trained eye however begins to zoom in and capture finer details - from both the hands of humans and Mother Nature.

Note the geometrical beauty of the fence, accompanied by the faint outlines of the patterns of shadows.

Having time to stroll gives the brain and its perceptive mechanism a chance to observe, to study, to appreciate the many shapes, colours, textures in nature.

Time to take in the details of the last of the autumn leaves.

Time to take in the sound of the wind in the leaves.

And time to catch a bee at work.

As none of us, world wide, can travel at the moment~ all we can do is dream.

As we find the usual activities that divert our thoughts and senses blocked by restrictions, isolation is sharpening our senses which will lead to a more highly developed imagination.

And when you can't enter one of your favourite buildings - the library in Caroline's case - what do you do?

Stop to observe, to smell, to touch, to listen.

And where safe ~ Taste!

Today, indulge yourself and bite into a delicious piece of fresh fruit. Remember that wonderful taste that the freshly ripened fruit gave us from the trees that grew in our childhood home gardens.

Senses are heightened under clearer skies and without the constant hum of traffic.

People are out walking and finding streets in their neighbourhood they did not know existed.