Two side passions I enjoy--photography and gardening (though the latter is consuming my life right now). I greatly enjoy taking two kinds of photos, mainly for my own posterity and instruction: close up shots, i.e. the more artistic / cataloguing / natural history kind; and landscape shots, the instructive kind. Close ups help me identify plants and chart individual progress, and larger shots help me see texture, color, organization, the whole composition contructed by smaller compositions. Ah, pointilist gardening.
Just go read this: http://www.gardeninggonewild.com/?p=275