If you want to rebuild your inner-scientist-noticing-skills, the best place to begin is with a walk in the woods. There are lots of reasons to take a walk in the woods. To get away from it all, clear your head, smell the fresh air. The problem, of course, is that even if we get ourselves into a park or a forest, we might still be so lost in our heads that we miss what’s right in front of us. Practicing noticing, like a scientist, can change that by binding us to experience in ways that are thrilling, even in their ordinariness.
– Adam Frank, “Noticing: How To Take A Walk In The Woods,” 13.7: Cosmos & Culture (NPR), April 23, 2013