One of the most useful corollaries to persistently looking through a camera's viewfinder is how it teaches you to pay better attention to the world at large, even when you're not seeking to make photographs. Of course that, in turn, allows you to spot ever more images which beg to be recorded photographically.
A delightful and inspiring circle. Though one which, when pondered philosophically, is decidedly bittersweet, because you come to realized how many extraordinary and lovely things are overlooked and ignored by folks too busy and self-focused to notice the beauty all around.
The emerging leaves on the little Japanese in my yard, backlit by the river's reflected morning sunlight, glowing ruby-red, is a prime case in point. One of those everyday treasures, pretty as a flower, that can almost take your breath away as it fills your heart with joy.