August 12, 2014 – Brain Flex Games – Searching for Triads Along the Road
Scavenger hunts offer far more benefits than simply having a good time. In order to complete the task of finding the things on your list, both sides of your brain must be awake and active, not on cruise control as they are throughout most of every day. Your eyes must be alert for the unexpected and your brain must be attempting to answer the question “Where might such a thing be?”. My evening walk has turned into an entertaining scavenger hunt.
I noticed, while searching for a specific color in my roadside landscape, most of the images I found consisted of that one color against a neutral (the road, dried weeds, tree trunks or telephone poles) or the green of summer foliage. On the fourth evening of scavenging I decided to predetermine my search and look for triads, any sort of triad: Basic, Complementary, Split Complement, Modified or Semi triad. As expected, the hunt was more challenging than my previous three hunts. My experience was astounding. Though I have walked or run this two mile loop on a regular basis for twenty years, I found myself in a different world. I felt like Alice after drinking from the bottle or eating the cookie. I will do my best to share that extraordinary experience, the experience of seeing through the eyes of a child or an infant again, the experience of seeing the world for the first time, before objects were objects and colors had names.
This is not a quick and easy post. I am still processing my experience and will journal it on a separate page on the website for those of you who wish to read the step by step (sorry, couldn’t resist) awakening along the evening walk. Due to a busy schedule and preparation for the Pen and Ink Workshop in Maryland this weekend, I won’t get to that journaling until next week. So ….. this is just a teaser.
Link to Brain Flex Page on website. Links to other Brain Flex Games may be found on the drop down list of the Workshops tab at the top of this page.