Years ago, when I received my first NGS assignment to photograph Molokai, I remember Bob Gilka (then director of photography) telling me, “this will probably be your most difficult assignment, as you will be working in your backyard.” He said this because,” so much for you has become so familiar that it is hard to see without the contrast of newness and freshness.” Over the years, I have reflected and chewed on this advice. Even in our photo workshops, Dewitt and I have taught and discussed the concept of “art in your life.” This is an attempt for me to see more intentionally, the beauty close at hand; as in the chard drying at the kitchen sink and and the brushes after Stewart’s workshop. These photos teach me so much about my noticing. Often when I least expect it something turns my head, in the midst of busyness, and not photographing, and yet a glimpse into my rich life close by. Together they become an intimate tapestry of my world, full of gratitude and for me art. Slowly the realization comes that I am also the art in my life, even the artist. Well Bob, after all these years, I’m still in the backyard working your suggestion out. Only now I’m slowing down on purpose so that when I do notice the richness and texture of this life, I can be in it more fully.