It’s a moment that passes in the blink of an eye, one click of a button, but what else is going on in the taking of a photograph?

Perhaps some mix like this.

Gratitude.

Wonder.

Getting lost in the detail of pattern, texture, colour.

Remembrance: other seasons, other times of noticing this flower.

The chance to be still, to be outside, to breathe more deeply.

Patience.

Practice.

Acceptance: your photo can never hope to match it.

Commitment: again and again, out there, noticing.

The feeling of the earth: damp, warm, scratching, stinging, magnetic, supportive.

Familiarity.

Intimacy.

Love.

It’s a moment that passes in the blink of an eye, yet all that before it, within it, and taking you out there again and again and again.

Gratitude.

Practice.

Patience.

Love.

(Prompted by Kim Manley Ort, musing on photography as a cause of health.)