I am a big believer that nature can do wonders for the soul. When I walk in the woods, I am able to leave the world behind. I also love to photograph the beauty I see. In fact, after my dog and I walked today, I returned to the woods with my camera. Picture after picture I snapped. I questioned why I take these photos. I am not a professional photographer (nor will ever be), I don't enter photos in contests (although I have a couple that might be worthy), I don't even print my photos anymore. So why take so many pictures--some of even the same things, year after year?
I pondered this question and finally arrived at an answer. It is because I am driven to see the beauty and glory that God created. Too often in this world, we see the other--the evil, the bad, the negative. And when we aren't seeing that, we are often rushing around with our lives--too busy to notice the beauty. And so the snap of the shutter is a reminder to stop and find the beauty. To focus in on it. To glorify God.