Sometimes, it is so easy to get drowned in the mundane, day-to-day activities of life and temporarily lose sight of the beauty around you. Appreciation for your surroundings can be jarring, once you snap out of it and re-realize the wonder of it all.
That's why I love living in Oregon so much. We are surrounded by incredible masterpieces of creation, and so many of them, it almost makes me feel like I have an unfair advantage, as compared to photographers who live in other places. With so much majesty around, it's almost difficult to take a bad picture.
Of course, I have my tongue firmly planted in my cheek. I realize that there is tremendous beauty in every part of the world, and subjects of great interest for the photographer. All countries have their unique beauty marks and jaw dropping vistas. They were all sculpted by the same artist, after all.
But, as we like to say, if you live a good life, when that's over, you die and go to Oregon.