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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« Last post by ric on May 05, 2021, 08:39:17 AM »
We had couple of warm days at end of march but April though dry has been notable for the chilly breezes, that and several other factors has made this the least naked April for a long time for me.   I even spent a couple of weeks living within an hours walk of a recognized nudist beach and only got there once...just to check it out clothed for future reference.  I'm hoping to be using it properly in due course..   hopefully may will be warmer
Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« Last post by nuduke on May 05, 2021, 12:32:14 AM »
After I wrote the last post the sunny dry spell continued mostly but the area of high pressure causing it drew air down from the arctic and Scandinavia making it very cold.  We have had the coldest April for 40 years.  This has been followed by cold rainy weather late Apr early May.  The spring and summer are having great difficulty in starting this year.  So naked activity even inside has been very limited.  I tried naked gardening at the weekend but had to get dressed after only a short time as it was very chilly.
Hey ho,  Roll on some better weather.  When we get a bit of warmth, I have found a long walk that I think I can do naked that I walked with a best friend (clothed) a couple of years ago and in the conversation about walking in general, I had told him about occasional naked walks I had taken in the past.  On a recent walk, he being very broad minded, I broached the subject of my wanting to do a naked walk this year and suggested that the location he had introduced me to looked a suitable venue.  Would he like to accompany me for solidarity, I asked, no need for him to be naked unless he wanted to try it.  "No" came the all too brief and firmly intoned reply after less than a millisecond!  Ah well. So much for broad mindedness.
Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« Last post by jbeegoode on May 04, 2021, 07:54:38 PM »
It has been unusually windy here this spring, also. Perhaps it's still El Nina switching up things with the extra heat on the equator.

Went to the hot springs at the end of the month for four days. We had two or three young women tell us that we had inspired them to be more confidently naked and walk freely around whole of the area and common places like the kitchen. We stayed mostly naked, terry robes late at night, for the whole four days. We even slept with only the bug screen on the tent watching stars. We could pull away the down quilt and get right to sun bathing mode in the morning. 8)

We hit a trail in the Santa Ritas that had been on the bucket list with granddaughter, dressed. I got a feel for it.

I was going to complete that hike with a textile friend of mine a couple of weeks back when DF was in Georgia visiting. I welcomed a third person.  I expected lots of walkers like the last Sunday, but it wasn't so bad in the afternoon and slightly hotter, into the 90F's.

The textile had to cancel. I ended up naked for most  of the 5.5 miles of up and down with the other friend, who tossed her dress at the peak for a while. There was a nice creek and shade most of the way. It is probably pretty good on a week day.

It has been nice to sit and just hang out in conversation about nothing pressing with friends naked, after the isolation of covid.
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on May 04, 2021, 07:33:41 PM »
If the object is to hide, I have placed myself naked where the only sight of me is when another hiker needs to be looking down for footing.
We've stood still as close as ten feet off a trail in an open desert naked and not been noticed, by walkers and often bikers. The peripheral vision is diminished as needed. The focus is also a distraction.

Some people are aware of many objects at once, others are highly observant of what is in front of them. These tend to be feminine and masculine and traits, respectively, which vary. It's like some people are multitaskers. The theory with that research, is that women would keep track of children and picking/gathering, a multitask and men would hunt focused on a trail or prey, in most traditions. Always, exceptions to the rule and in varying degrees.

I find women to most often talk along the trail, giving warning, but also distracted from the task at hand. I have just wrapped around a tree as they pass. We once sat in an open field, within fifty feet of a bend in a trail, so that we were right in front of the path of the walkers and four out of five didn't see us.

Conversely, standing still, behind or around a moving object like wind blown bushes, makes one more noticeable, by the simple contrast.

Being invisible, while being naked, smuggling, war games, or hunting animals has always been fun for me, a game to play. I like the heightened senses.

The other hikers awareness will vary. How deeply they are in thought, can focus and take immediate awareness of surroundings.

Bob, that last paragraph that you wrote is intriguing.Those things that are beyond 180 degree vision, or the sounds of the city are disregarded in consciousness, but they are still being processed. How the unconscious deals with that information can be wild, or cast off as meaningless. Instead of an alarm, one might not register another human being standing off to the side, or in a bush, but the information is there. The response subconsciously might be to see what the other person is looking at, for some reason (perhaps city social habit) more important than the presence of another person.

Then there is the quantum idea that thought is energy and will interact with other energy, or vibration.

We are off of the specific of distance perception,  I think that this whole section labeled "Skills" will be fun. It is hunting,  very primal, and awareness and natural in nature, which is an aspect of "naturism."  This makes me want to do some stealth. or sneaking around in the woods this summer.
Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« Last post by Bob Knows on May 04, 2021, 05:46:34 PM »
April 2021 was cold, dry, and windy around here..  Even now in early May we have 60F but there has been a very unusual  cold Northeast wind all spring.  I'm getting out a little but brrrrr! That NE wind has a bit to it.

I did get out to mow my lawn on World Naked Gardening Day, or 1/2 my lawn.  I got too cold even while getting exercise so I gave up and put the rest off until the next day when the wind was not as bad.  Also cutting firewood. Several trees fell in winter wind storms.   I'm usually barefoot and often naked while running the chain saw in the woods. 
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by Bob Knows on May 04, 2021, 05:43:39 PM »
Good thoughts.  Motion is an important part of vision.   The way eyes work is that we see changes in light.   In order to see fixed objects our eyes shift back and forth to provide apparent changes in light on each receptor.   This is why when you look at some Internet "can you see the hidden number" puzzles it helps to move your eyes.   

Noticing motion of humans or animals is a biological and evolutionary survival skill.  It is said that a hunter can walk right up to a deer if he watches where the deer is looking and only moves when the deer is looking the other way.  Move a little, and then stop before the deer (or other animal) looks back in your direction.  I'm sure that works for people also.  Fixed, stationary objects are background, unnoticed, not there.  You can actually hide in plain sight by not moving. 

The caveat is that we (and other animals) instinctively recognize shapes that are similar to faces and body parts.  A pair of eyes looking our direction can be noticed in a complex background.  The Internet is full of people posting shapes that are similar to sex organs -- because we instinctively recognize shapes that are like a person or part of a person.  So if we want to be invisible to another person, don't look at or focus your attention on the person.  Don't present a face or silhouette that appears like a human.  Look away and focus your attention on something else.  Use your peripheral vision to watch the other person or animal.   

Some people say that thoughts can be "felt" by sensitive people.  So if you are thinking about that person they are more likely to notice you.  If you project thought about something else on the path the other person, if sensitive, will notice the other thing and not you.  His attention will "pick up" your focus on a tree or rock or mountain and be distracted away from you. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on May 04, 2021, 03:55:21 AM »
Animals catch movement, so do I. Sitting still hides me and alerts me to others movement.

Longer legs move faster, there is great variation in speed among walkers.

Where one might expect people, it is better to be more alert.

I can figure distance, by what I see more intuitively. It is natural, like learning the time of day by where the sun sits, with practice, it is natural. When it is relevant, it can kick in. Too much intellect can bog up the works.

What I see in others at a distance, they will probably see me the same.

I use these practices when looking for nature, that is hunting animals to observe, or photograph. I use these same techniques to figure how far to water, to the trailhead, etc.

My vision isn't limited to 60 degrees, if I'm "there," I get better than 180 degrees. If I hold my hands at 180, then move them behind me, I still see them and that brings me to the other senses that people have but don't often tune into. Being nude, those same senses are closer to use.

My senses and unconscious pick up on more, like a person in the distance. Sometimes I sense. Sometimes I smell an animal.
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 29, 2021, 06:51:57 AM »
Estimating Distance: From "The Secret Naturist Handbook"

Just suppose you’re quietly sitting naked somewhere, your clothing is hidden some distance away and your delighted that you’ve managed to walk so far without being seen. Then you notice a movement some distance away. Someone is approaching! How much time do I have before they reach me?

If you recall back to your school days, you may recall that to calculate time you need two other factors - speed and distance. Speed is easy. A human walks generally at around 2 - 2.5 mph. A cyclist will move between 5 - 15mph depending in ground conditions. However, to estimate how far away they are is more difficult. To calculate this we use a method called the visibility method.

This method is based on what you can and can’t see at different distances. It is generally accepted that the resolution of the human eye is about 1 minute of arc or 1/60 degree. In theory this should mean that something that subtends an angle at the eye bigger than 1 minute of arc should be able to be seen, and something smaller cannot.

Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple. Everybody’s eyes are different so some will see better than others. Lighting will affect what can and can’t be seen, as well as colour, contrast, clarity of the atmosphere, heat haze, wind, etc., and even the shape of an object as lines are more easily seen than dots or spots, etc.

Now after all that, you may be wonder what use this method is at all, but it is just as useful as any other judgement method. Right are presented some theoretical distances at which the listed objects or features should be on the limit of visibility. With a bit of practice, you can develop your own list which suits your own eyes and provided you are then aware of all the other factors which can affect your "seeing" you are well on the way to being a reliable distance estimator! Even without calibrating your own eyes, the theoretical distances will probably yield a closer estimate than most people would guess without experience.

To illustrate how the system works, say we can see a person in the distance: we can distinguish the person’s head and legs from their torso but can’t really distinguish their arms (though our mind tells us they are there!). From the table this would indicate the person was between 500 and 700 metres away.

The data in the table assumes items of similar colour, and brightness as its surrounds. High contrast items are easier to see. For example, a light will be easier to see if turned on rather than off and how much so will depend on it’s brightness. The joins between the panels of a car are much easier to see on a white car than a dark coloured one, again due to the contrast of the shadows in the gaps compared to the white panels.

Lines are easier to see then dots, spots or other shapes. Consider how much easier it is to see a 10 gauge fence wire at a distance than it is to see a ball bearing of the same diameter! In fact, some scientific tests have shown the human eye can see lines 3 times thinner than it should theoretically be able to i.e. about 20 seconds of arc!, though these tests were for black lines on a white page.

Now for those of you who like a rule of thumb again, try this one... an object is at the limit of resolution (for the human eye) when it is 3500 times its size away. So consider a car, 1.5 metres tall, 5 metres long. You should be able to begin to resolve it as a car at 1.5 x 3500m = 5.25km away, but at 5 x 3500m = 17.5 km it should be barely visible at all. In between, it should be able to be seen as a spot but not resolved into a car (our mind will often do this for us though if the context - e.g. it is moving along a road - suggests it is a car).

Remember that objects seem closer than they really are when:

•   The light is bright or the sun is shining from behind the viewer.
•   They are bigger then other things around them.
•   There is hidden ground between them and the viewer.
•   They are higher up then the viewer.

Objects seem farther away than they really are when:

•   The light is bad or the sun is in the viewer’s eyes.
•   They are smaller than other things around them.
•   The viewer is looking across a valley, or down a ravine.
•   The viewer is lying down.
•   The object is against a dark background.

Trip reports / Miller Canyon Base Camp
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 29, 2021, 06:44:06 AM »
We have been on the western side of the Chiracahua Mountains. Today, we drive around to Miller Canyon, some old stomping grounds to DF, make a base camp and take a nice long nude walk.


General Naturism Discussion / Re: Heard at the beach and by the pool…
« Last post by Bob Knows on April 25, 2021, 04:53:12 PM »
Yes.  Swimming suits are just stupid in so many ways.  Expensive.  Uncomfortable.  Ridiculous. 
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