Yesterday it was 80 degrees in Denver so we went to the zoo. I particularly went in search of our new Okapi calf. She was born December 20 so is now just 3 months old. She is outside the barn but behind a slatted fence at the rear of the enclosure. There are only 100 Okapis in the world's zoos and very few births so this one is being well protected until the Vets and Zookeepers are sure she is strong. We could see her through the slats but not easily. Okapis were first discovered in 1901 and because their natural habitat is virtually inaccessible, nobody is really sure how many there are remaining in the wild.
Afterwards we stopped in Tropical Discovery to see a new exhibit on Camouflage. I have always been fascinated by camouflage in nature and marvel at the many adaptations that insects and animals have developed to either avoid predators or surprise prey. The photo shows a "walking stick" insect whose camouflage body allows it to "hide in plain site" among the twigs in its glass-walled container. There were also frogs, snakes and fish who exhibited special shapes, colors and designs to blend in or seem to disappear.
I can think of many situations in the past in which I would have welcomed camouflage. Several months ago I recall hearing on NPR about a study of the different defense mechanisms people use to avoid uncomfortable social situations. The two under discussion were flight and invisibility. I didn't hear the entire program--and couldn't find it in the archives--but the summary of the study indicated that more men than women would flee uncomfortable situations and more women than men would choose invisibility.
I have been known to attempt invisibility but was never really successful. I worked for 18 years in a business full of extroverts and high egos (Real Estate Sales) but have a lot of introvertive tendencies. In the early years, when it was time to work the crowd and get to know people who knew people, I would seek out a dimly-lit corner and mesh with the wallpaper. Over the years I improved my networking skills but never felt entirely comfortable: There was always somewhere I'd rather be.