Gaining clarity from a second look around

So about three weeks ago I posted this photo:

One of the things I liked about it was the crisscrossed bands of shadows across the lawn. I assumed it came from the sun shining through the mall of trees on the hillside. But yesterday I realized I was wrong about the source of light and shadow. It was actually reflected from the office building’s windows above.

My teaching/learning takeaway? It pays to see things from multiple vantage points, including temporal. And it also helps not to make idle assumptions 🙂  As you can see in this photo, the trees are still thick with leaves, so the sun could not have cast crisscrossed lines of shadow through them, something I’d have realized if I’d paused to look around more and take in the entire scene.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Gaining clarity from a second look around

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    This speaks directly to the trait of awareness. The world goes so fast nowadays. Even when we are walking slowly and focusing it is very hard to get and understand the whole picture. It’s frustrating and many just give up. But most invention and connection comes from the kind of careful awareness you exhibit here. I love the way you do this!

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