Why do you think Brian notices things more now?
Brian notices things in part because he must. He has to be constantly aware of unforeseen danger in a way he didn't have to before. Adrenaline probably helps sharpen his senses, but he has also become more used to his environment. He has learned a patience and awareness that are necessary to survive in the wilderness. Also, there is less to distract him. In a city, you don't notice everyone who passes you on the street; you can't keep track of the color of every car you see. But in the woods, Brian can pay attention to animals and plants and his surroundings because there aren't a million other things vying for his...
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