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... And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you

learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

I remember my father saying that to me: Look. I had been going through pictures - pictures I had taken - and discarded one that appeared to be a dead bush. No leaves, blah-brown branches in a tangle. But "look" he said, and so I did, and hidden in that mass of branches I found a sparrow huddling against the wind. Look.

I was hooked. Finding that sparrow, a bird a hundred other people had passed by, felt like a treasure hunt. Discovering these minute worlds, in the ice, the leaves, the pond has been an adventure that has taught me to appreciate tiny things that are often overlooked.

In 2008, my family and I moved to 10 rural acres in South West Missouri. After 20 years of working with crime victims, I was ready for something else, for something that fed my soul, but that could provide a way to continue to support some of the causes dear to me. So I turned back to my fascination with photography, and began working on this project.

It has been an interesting trip. The more I look, the more I see, not just in my yard (where the enormous majority of these pictures were taken), but in others. Being willing to really see has changed my relationships with my family, friends, coworkers. I am more present

 I have people to thank: My parents, bearers of both my first (Kodak Instamatic) and second (Canon AE-1) cameras. La, because her constant energy and curiosity keep me growing. My sisters, well, because they're awesome, and one of them said "this is so AMAZING" about this site yesterday, and isn't that kind of support part of what sisters are for? My two creative and adventurous daughters, absolute gifts. My husband, who has been lovingly kicking me in the kiester to do this for years. Love you.

Now go.  Look.

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