"Serendipity: a word coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale
The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift"--Dictionary.com
And speaking of the photographer/writer connection, I also love serendipitous moments (serendipity, n.: "the ability to make fortunate discoveries by accident, such as finding interesting items of information or unexpected proof of one's theories, while looking for something else."), as happened when I picked up Marshall Cook's How to Write with the Skill of a Master and Genius of a Child for writing inspiration and found this:
"My photographer friend Shiela Reaves," Cook writes, "says that having a camera around your neck gives you access to living on a more intense level."
Amen to that.
And, "The most important piece of equipment for the photographer, Shiela says, isn't the fancy camera. It's the head and the heart of the photographer." Also important? Natural curiosity.
Cook's point in all of this? "(The same is true) For the writer, too."
Additional tips Cook takes from photographer friend Shiela:
Change your point of view.
See your world from a different angle.
Play with light and shadow.
These concepts are all things this photo-a-day challenge is helping me to do. Maybe you'll be prompted to try something similar? Who knows? Serendipity might be waiting for you, too!
Here's my February gallery. Hope you enjoy. And please feel free to drop in and let me know which one/ones spoke the most to you.