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  • Spokane is my hometown, my place of birth. I haven't been away from there for very long, it's been less than one year since my move to Hillsboro, Oregon. On a return visit, I found that, even places I grew up with and know intimately, could hold surprises for me.

    I don't consider myself a writer, more an amateur photographer. My subjects are usually inanimate. There's less complaining if I haven't presented them in a favorable light, and there are so many subjects that change every time I revisit them, just as with people. They continue to teach me new things, and alter my perception of what my surroundings in life are, in the same manner as well.

    People that represent total strangers to myself are a safe subject, and I am as comfortable with them as I am in-animates. Like the children here, in a picture of gardens I have photographed many times before, the chances are slim that they will ever see this photo, or comment about it.

    I would never have thought though, that when I visited the formal gardens there for the millionth time, the most stunning flowers would be running about, giggling and playing. Not at all rooted firmly in the soil, like most displayed there. These girls out shined them all. Sometimes, the big picture is in the smallest details of of the overall scene.

    So, here am I, Taking a picture of two anonymous flowers at Manito Gardens, in Spokane, Washington. Obviously there's a lot to see and learn there that wasn't already accomplished in 59 years. For as long as I live, may there be young people to show me a better vision of life. As the title I gave this photograph states, everything could "bear close Scrutiny".
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