Yesterday, I decided to take a walk without my glasses. I’m very near-sighted, but I figured I could still enjoy myself and be safe enough, out there.
Before I left, I WAS able to discern that one of these cats was real and the other one was a laptop-screen cleaner.
Before we begin, let’s check out your vision, too: Can you tell which is which?
Once I was out on the streets, I did misperceive something, almost immediately. From a distance, I thought this might be a bunny rabbit.
It wasn’t, of course. From then on, I think I saw things fairly accurately, although I may have been less discriminating than usual, in my photographic choices:
Because I always wear my glasses on my walks, everything looked new to me. So I just kept snapping away. Also, I had a great excuse, for any photo that might be judged as lacking: Hey! What do you want from me? I wasn’t wearing my glasses!
I decided to do something else new. I took a selfie.
I have such lousy aim, when I can’t see.
My vision was good enough, though, to see two butterflies — a white one and one that looked, to me, like a Monarch. I kept trying to capture them, in the next bunch of photos.
I believe that this blow-up — of one of the above photos — shows the butterfly I hoped was a Monarch:
It’s very blurry, though, isn’t it?
I kept walking, without the accompaniment of any visible butterflies.
It WAS a bright, bright, bright sunshin-y day.
Thanks goodness, I had no trouble reading THAT. However, I couldn’t figure out these letters, which I saw minutes later:
Maybe I should go back there, when I’m wearing my glasses, to see what I can see.
Here are more things that caught my near-sighted eye, on my way home:
Walking near train tracks is not a smart thing to do when your vision is blurry, so I got out of there, fast.
Hmmm. I can’t see my way clear on how to end this post.
I know! I’ll show you one more shot of something else I almost misidentified, yesterday:
What does that look like, to you? I had to squint and get closer, to see it. I’ll tell you this: it wasn’t what I feared at first.
And no matter what lenses I’m wearing, that is a familiar experience.
* From the Wikpedia page I linked to, about Johnny Nash:
for many years he seemed to have dropped out of sight
I didn’t know that before today, but I do know this: There are always connections, when we look for them.