My husband and I were grabbing a bite in a local pub last week. I looked out the window and thought.. "I know that tree!" I think the complete thought is "I know that tree in that context with water behind it and its relationship to the other pines around it." Then remembered that I had made this watercolor sketch of it from another angle last summer. I find it a great joy that images can be imprinted on my brain in this way. The memory/relationship/association comes forward and I get a chance to explore a memory, usually involving other senses besides sight. This memory and imprint was only a year old, but I have had images/memories jump forward from decades ago because something I see bumps a dusty corner of my brain. I wrote about a few other examples here, here, and here... the first involving a 300 year old house near the home of my youth, another involving a color palette one of my students used in her still life and a John Alexander White painting, and another involving some quiet snowy trees and a favorite childhood book. When cognitive threads connect, I rejoice.
How about you?