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(Multi-photo)*** This is not a grasshopper.



This is not a grasshopper.


[There is that very famous painting, entitled “The Treachery of Images” (1928-1929), by the late Belgian painter, Rene Magritte.  (He is one of my favorite painters, by the way!) The painting has the words, in French, stating: “This is not a pipe.”  This is so very true.  It’s an image of a pipe and is not (at all) a real pipe.  So many of us think, using symbols (which all thoughts and mental images are) without ever really looking directly without all the imagery and thought.  We look through (and “as”) the screen of thought and rarely (if ever) see directly (without the imagery).  Both paintings and thoughts are (in a big way) virtual. Real intelligence can go beyond that. What most of us see, unfortunately, is often just an empty shell of what really is.

The following picture is not a grasshopper.  Even if it were a macro photograph of a live grasshopper… it would still not truly be a grasshopper.  It is not a dead grasshopper.  It is a photograph of a grasshopper’s exoskeleton… the outer shell of an insect which insects shed from time to time as they grow and enlarge.  But it really is not a grasshopper’s exoskeleton… and what you see is often what you were taught, and what you were taught is often what you see.  ;)]

This is not a grasshopper.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

This is not a grasshopper. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

The Treachery of Images... by Rene Magritte

The Treachery of Images… by Rene Magritte

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

5 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. Yes… it’s not! I’ve been appreciative of Magritte’s art for a long time. It seems simple, yet a lot of it has deep meaning (in what i suspect is a very profound sense)! 🙂


  2. Yes! Nice one, Cynthia! I always especially liked Decalcomania which, in a way, expresses the principle that, psychologically, the observer is not separate from the observed.


  3. Woow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!


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