Black and White Challenge: Glass

I live much of my life behind glass.  My 2006 Prius has  over 215,000 miles, my husband’s 2004 truck has nearly 200,000 miles, and his “new” car, a 2010 Prius has nearly 80,000 miles on it.  Usually I drive and can’t take pictures (or shouldn’t). On our accidental vacation, we had to stop.  So did everyone else.

SFW TAV Herd of Elk 6

Nonetheless, my husband wanted me to stay behind the glass.  Glass protects.  For this picture, he pulled off the road.  Elk grazed on both sides of the 2-lane highway.  Other brave souls came out from behind the glass.  I did too, and fortunately the elk were more interested in the grass than in us.  🙂

Randy on Glass

You don’t want to test glass beyond its protective endurance.  Fortunately there was more to this floor than just glass because a few weeks after we took this picture, the glass busted!  Those squares weren’t patterns on the carpet, they were tops of Chicago buildings.

Notre Dame BW Glass

Glass does more than protect.  The University of Notre Dame collected more French stained glass than anywhere in France.  It would take days to notice all the beauty in these glass windows.


People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but what about people working in glass buildings?  I guess they can throw anything they want during the daytime.  You can’t see in anyway.  I could have seen a reflection of me throwing a stone off the tour boat, but I was more than a stone’s throw away!


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Sunday Post: Focused Attention

It’s been a while since I focussed attention on any photo challenge, and I miss them.

Jake says focused attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of processing resources. Attention also has variations amongst cultures. Voluntary attention develops in specific cultural and institutional contexts through engagement in cultural activities with more competent community.

Photography has forced me to focus my attention of details and composition which is difficult for a scattery person like me.  Notice that I didn’t say scatter-brained, just scattery meaning not-too focused.

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It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day and Manny has focused his attention on Sweetie Pie. She’s obviously not too interested right now. What should Manny do?

It is relatively easy to force inanimate objects to focus.  Manny has no problem with it.  Sweetie Pie has a mind of her own, inanimate as she is.

What is this?  More importantly where would you find it?
What is this? More importantly where would you find it?

You can focus on a small area of an inanimate object to see if people can guess what it is.

What is this?
What is this?

You can crop a picture even closer to focus someone’s attention on an inanimate object and confound them even more.   These are ways that photographers have of forcing the viewers to look closely and focus their attention on something.

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Even during the chaos of a dinner meeting where there is so much on which to focus, teachers use strategies to draw people’s focused attention.

But what is it about “stuff” that naturally causes animals, including people to focus their attention?  Easier to answer, how do you know they are focused?

Puppy Girl, what is on the new quilt that is SO interesting???
Puppy Girl, what is on the new quilt that is SO interesting???

Obviously PG is interested in something here.  I can’t see it, but she is totally absorbed.  Her body moves toward the object of her focused attention.  Her weight is on her forelegs as indicated by the deep indentations in the bed, and her head is inclined toward the object of her gaze.  Usually a dog will use their most heightened sense of smell to help them as well when they are focusing their attention on something.  Her tongue is out slightly, too.  Hmmm  I hope there is nothing edible in my bed!!!

Focused Attention
What might be the focus of attention here?

People have many foci of attention in this picture.  They too tend to lean in and point, the more focused they become.  When I was teaching students to work in cooperative groups for the first time, I actually had students think about what real focus looked like when they were working with a group.  The experts at Kagen told us that four of five people to a group is a maximum size.  Judging from this picture would you agree that the same principle might hold true for adults as well?

As usual Jake challenges me to think.  What strategies do you use in your line of work or play to get people or animals to focus their attention?  Where is YOUR focused attention?

Here is a link to what 87 other folks thought.