I always appreciate when friends send me links to articles relevant to our program, and to encouraging people to slow down and take notice of the world around us. This one was sent from a friend in Vancouver, and it resonates with our philosophy at Focus on Nature, and with the movement to nurture the child-nature connection. It's a reminder that when we're trying to engage kids (or adults) in exploring the natural world through photography, the focus should be on awakening their senses and their creativity, and encouraging them to observe and listen and get to know a place before the cameras come out. The camera can then become this wonderful tool for expressing their feelings and observations about a place, and for sharing those with others.
Here's the article: http://www.slate.com/id/2279659/