I've started saying thank you to the subjects of my photographs. It happened organically one day and I later realized why. On some level it must have registered that these flowers and plants and places are always giving me gifts. Whether it's just a pretty picture to share, creative inspiration, or a much needed moment to sit in non-judgment, appreciation, and stillness - I always leave with something. And so, as you do when someone hands you a gift, I say thank you out of recognition and respect.
I've found that the more things I make sacred in my world, the more beautiful and magical the world truly becomes.
"When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us." - John O 'Donohue