Photography is an opportunity to slow down, focus, observe the world around us and capture the natural beauty and wonder around us so we can show others later.  It takes concentration and focus to bring all the technical parameters of photography together to produce a interesting photograph, or possibly a work of art. It takes the mind off other things for a while, giving it a rest from the general anxieties and frustrations of life, and letting the gears cool off from crunching data all week.