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Nature photography slows me down and forces me to" smell the flowers" (no pun intended.") It makes me aware of the many miracles that are happening all around me; it makes me realize that there is something greater than myself that runs the show; it is also humbling when I think of the immensity of the "runner of the show."

Travel gives me a global view of the world and events that are happening. It is so difficult not to be grateful after visiting third world countries and seeing how much others lack. It makes me want to give more.
Travel is also awe inspiring when I see what ancient civilizations created when we were still not even an entity on the map. It restores my faith in mankind and reminds me that creativity and imagination have always been our greatest traits when used to build rather than destroy.

© Maria  Costa PhotoID# 10091960: Couple at Palisades Lookout, NJ Black and White
Black and White is the medium of the Masters. To be able to get from black to white with every shade of grey in between is quite an achievement

© Maria  Costa PhotoID# 10154344:  capadoccia merengue peaks Nature

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