Spring is really so beautiful here in the valley! Look up to see the blossoms on a variety of trees. Look down to see buds and flowers opening along sidewalk gardens. Neighborhoods are full of homeowners busily digging and planting. It is good to be a part of the earth - to feel dirt on your hands and know you had a part in bringing life and beauty to the world.
Why is it so hard to just look? Just look, and see the beauty around us. Throw your head back and suck in the aroma of fresh petals opening in the spring breeze. Enjoy being part of live evolving. Why is this so difficult? Put down the phone. Put down the camera. Put down whatever device you are addicted to and just be in the moment! I admit that at one time I had a camera with me almost 24/7. But now I travel light most of the time, leaving equipment behind and just going out seeing, not shooting. Yes, there are times when I do gasp and say, "I wish I had my camera!" but I have the images in my head, and I'm happy with that.
Of course, as a photographer, I am always looking for my next great shot! But now I plan time to be "on the job" and on the lookout for great stuff. My first business card had an image I shot of double rainbows over the Madison-Milton bridge. Shot on film - that's how long ago that was! I did not plan to get that shot, but was aware of what was happening in the sky and I ran to capture it. I wasn't on the job, but I was aware, enjoying the beauty of the sky after a storm. For the longest time, whenever there was a rainbow I'd get phone calls from people asking me if I'd seen it, and if I'd photographed it. Most often the answer was "yes!"
Go out and see what is unfolding in front of you! Enjoy it. Capture the images in your mind, where you can keep them forever!