Yesterday was the Fourth of July and I went to visit my son and his family for the day. Later in the evening we went to the fireworks display in the harbor.
He made a comment when taking a picture of a mushroom in the corner of the yard that I thought worth remembering. He said, "Wow I can really see what's in my backyard now!". Photography makes us slow down, take a deep breath, and see life. How often do we walk through life not noticing the little things around us? We see the forest, but not the trees, we don't notice the bees on the sunflower or the bird with a worm dangling from her beak. This is one of the reasons I love photography. Like everyone else, I'm always rushing here to there, doing this, doing that. Life really is a big, old rat race. Something needs to slow us down so that we can enjoy our lives and soak in all the beauty around us. For me, that medicine is photography.
I hope my grandson continues to love taking photographs and being amazed at the little things he sees through the lens, even tiny mushrooms in the corner of his backyard.