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  • My friend, Kathleen Barrett, sees this tiny bird perched on a branch. Not many of us see it there. "Kathleen has an eye," people say.

    In order to survive, this bird is dressed for invisibility, colored to blend in to his branch and completely disappear from sight from predators and prey alike. In other words, it's a matter of survival, a prime directive. Scientists term this defense mechanism as cryptic resemblance.

    You've seen those newspaper pages where if you stare at the page long enough, a picture floats up from the random colors - those optical illusion pages? It's like that.

    Kathleen has learned her own cryptic resemblance - a more encompassing definition of protective coloring. A step further.

    Cryptic can be defined as, "deliberately mysterious,." The photographer sets her demeanor to evoke an aura of mystery. The bird sees her first of course, but she pretends not to see the bird. She is wearing mystery to disguise her intentions.

    She will take the bird captive, hold him in the palm of her hand. He is unaware of her intent but unafraid. That he is not frightened is part of her mystery. Why she loves him so is a mystery, even to the Kathleen. She holds still and waits for him to tell her the moment has come. Her eye is upon him. Patience and Mystery walk together.

    Kathleen consciously shape shifts, becoming the rocking chair, wicker, the deck boards. Just like a tiny bird on a branch.

    In an instant he will be hers forever. Happy Valentine's Day
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