Look Around You

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    Finding your way includes knowing where you've been. Even while following well-defined trail this can be important for the unplanned circumstance.

    Putting tools like map and compass/GPS aside, one simple habit can really help when progress is stalled and one must backtrack: look around you. Yes, it's that simple.

    Just look around you. Absorb the features of the land, particularly in the opposite direction. You might be surprised how different everything looks when going the other way; hindsight is 20/20 as we all know! If you regularly look around you'll be setting your own mental breadcrumbs that you can use to find your way back should other methods fail.

    Theme inspired by practical technique, as well as the excellent spoof educational program Look Around You.
    Video Episode: Look Around You - Maths.
    Clever Excerpts: Look Around You on Wikiquote

    Aldo Leopold Wilderness, New Mexico.

    *Early Riser* and re-amped added this photo to their favorites.

    1. yakkhapadma 68 months ago | reply

      You hit the nail on the head with this one. Always check your backtrail is one of the first lessons of the great outdoors. Where you came from don't look anything like it did looking forward from it.
      I like this series you're putting up. It's like a book on how to survive your vacation outside of the routine tourists loops. You are doing a great job, and if anyone reads this and uses it for their survival, you've done a great public service. Keep it up Daniel :)

    2. johnshlau 68 months ago | reply

      Love the composition and tone..........that's a remarkable shot, my friend!

    3. Sallyanne Morris 68 months ago | reply

      awesome shot and information!

    4. *Early Riser* 68 months ago | reply

      Excellent light and composition.

    5. Harlan Hatfield [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      So wonderful!!

    6. cliff.hellis 68 months ago | reply

      Like the sun flares.

    7. wee3beasties 68 months ago | reply

      Cool! And amazing how rarely we really look around ourselves. . . except for those of us with a camera always looking for an interesting shot or angle. . .

    8. Shachi Trivedi (Catching up slowly) 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful composition and light.

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