Perhaps the best reason to take photographs is to become more aware of your surroundings, particularly of the beauty that surrounds us each day and keeps the ugliness that also surrounds us at bay.
Walking Skye this morning I glimpsed a Hawk fly across our path, land on a branch, and glare down at us. Though I doubt I would even have noticed a few years ago, it brightened up my walk the same way that spotting a Pileated Woodpecker the day before did.
Luckily, I was carrying my camera in the car when I picked up Gavin and Lael yesterday and noticed their sitter’s beautiful dahlias, beautiful enough to rival any of those I’ve seen at the Pt. Defiance Dahlia Garden.