This is an image of the mangroves in Palmetto near my home. It's a little hidden beach not far from the road. I never knew it was there until I noticed a trail leading into the bush. Much to my surprise there's a little beach with a view of the sunset.
It's been said that photographers should first learn to shoot images around their home before venturing out. Years after hearing that I have to agree. In my case the more I explore the more I discover. It's amazing how many things we overlook when we're not looking.
I think sometimes children see more than adults. That's because they have natural curiosity and are more likely to explore. That was true of me as a kid. Through photography I'm getting some of that curiosity back. I suppose it was always there, just dormant for a while.
Another nice thing about taking pictures around home is that it requires little effort. There is not a lot of travel and within fifteen minutes of walking out the door you can be taking photos. That's a big plus when you have other responsibilities besides running around like some kid exploring the neighborhood.