Sometimes you don't need to see the whole to know what something is. Here is a good example. Glimpses of telltale orange and familiar bits will give you a good understanding of the whole. This doesn't always work, of course, but in this case it does.
In writing, they say to "show, don't tell"...don't lay it all out. It is less interesting, less engaging if you do. I wonder if that premise can also be applied to photography. I prefer bits of, instead of the whole. Every now and again, a sweeping landscape photo is just right, the right shot, and I will take it and enjoy the results. More often than not though, I like to get closer and see what there is to see, and then show you little bits.