Hiding In Plain Sight – Extraordinary Camouflage

Hiding In Plain Sight – Extraordinary Camouflage From Rock Stars And Sea Stars

Gotye "Someone I Used To Know"

Gotye From “Someone I Used To Know”

Camouflage is the coolest thing. Hiding in plain site is as close as we’re likely to come to being invisible.

Camouflage can be achieved in what may seem opposite ways. Mimesis means being seen, but resembling something else, whereas crypsis means being hidden.

Camouflage for personal concealment became a necessity as the range and accuracy of firearms increased in the 19th century, especially as the inaccurate musket was replaced with the rifle. Military camouflage grew to encompass observation posts disguised as trees, warships and troop carriers, and camouflage schemes to protect large targets like airfields and gun batteries from detection from the air using countershading techniques observed in nature.

According to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, the evolution of biological camouflage arose to help animals survive. Camouflage is not the only form of animal coloration to help animals survive; in addition to striking natural patterns, other adaptations include warning coloration, non-concealing forms of mimicry (like when a hoverfly resembles a stinging wasp), the use of bright colors in sexual selection and the use of pigment to protect skin against sunburn.

Enjoy these images of personal concealment and amazing animal coloration.

From Rock Stars to Sea Stars, it’s Extraordinary Camouflage at its Finest

Australian Musician Gotye and “Someone I Used To Know”

Chines Artist Liu Bolin is a master of disappearing in plain sight, in ordinary settings:

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Courtesy of Ellen Klein Fine Arts © Liu Bolin

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Courtesy of Ellen Klein Fine Arts © Liu Bolin

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Courtesy of Ellen Klein Fine Arts © Liu Bolin

Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom (1909) by American painter Abbot Handerson Thayer (see the peacock in full feather hiding in the woods.)

Abbot Handerson Thayer - Peacock In The Woods

Peacock In The Woods by Abbot Handerson Thayer/Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pepper Moth Caterpillar

Pepper Moth Caterpillar

Walking Stick

Walking Stick

Flower Mantis

Flower Mantis

Flower Mantis

Flower Mantis

Hooded Grasshopper

Hooded Grasshopper

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