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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.

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It is with flowers that we bring a touch of nature into our homes; express love to those we cherish; show sympathy to those who have lost; offer congratulations to those who have accomplished; bid welcome to new arrivals; and bid bon voyage to those embarking on new journeys. They even become peace offerings in times of reconciliation. Is there anything flowers cannot express?

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