One of the best ways I have found to understand our travels is to try and name my photos. Whether art, architecture, flora, fauna, insect, or arachnid, I try to find the proper name to label my photo. Why? Because it is never just a name. It is a better understanding of the “place.” It’s a story. It’s not just a statue; it’s an artist’s impression, a history, a tactile material. With each building comes a style, an architect, a reason for being. Every plant has a genus and family, displaying seasonal variation, a flower and fruit; a connection to the forest or desert and natural community as a whole. Animals can be local or migratory, engaging in all kinds of activity. What activity did I witness?
It’s not a perfect system. I have plenty of photos without a name but I have learned so much along the way.