We’ve been hiking down Bear Trap Canyon for a couple of hours now, and I’m more than ready for lunch. I stop by a big log, turn to Bill and suggest that this would be a good stopping place.
“Well, maybe not.”
“Why not? I’m starving. It’s a good place to sit.”
“Ummm…the guy right behind you thinks so too.”
What?? I turn to my right, and about jump out of my skin. There’s a big dude sitting not three feet from me, totally decked out in camouflage. Holy crow…that stuff works! He laughs, we laugh, and we move on to find our own lunch spot.
We learned this nifty hiding trick from the animals, of course.
How about this example? Not the bear, he doesn’t need camouflage. But do you see anyone else in this photo?
Is it easier if you look where the bear is looking?
Sometimes we can be distracted by one critter and not see everyone in the frame. I bet if you just take a quick look at these photos who won’t see everyone…
Pretty cool, eh?
Standing still works pretty well, too. I saw a couple of these herons at first, but didn’t realize there were so many of them until I looked at the photo!
And I was so distracted by the lovely forms these two herons were creating that I totally missed that there were two babies in the nest:
Sandhill cranes can hide themselves incredibly well…except for that silly red spot on the top of their heads.
The system works much better if the light isn’t on them:
Owls have this camouflage thing nailed. I bet I’ve walked within feet of hundreds of owls without a clue that they’re there. Even when you know they’re there, it can be a challenge.
Of course, the old stand-by technique of putting a lot of brush around you is always a good choice. Do you see anything in this tangle of branches?
How about now?
Or closer? Now you see the moose, I bet!
She was so well hidden, I just about walked into her. What a shock that would have been!