Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

What Is Enough? | Dec 2017

Enough Goes Two Ways

Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: What Is Enough?

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male, in a Large Salvia

And then she said, “When will you have enough?”

She was referring to my photos after I had given a presentation.

This question has followed me in my thoughts for weeks because it has many dimensions, including:


Yes, I have enough photos. I could stop now. And I’m very grateful for what I have done.

But if I stopped, my work would also stop.

So my presentations, photo class, and articles would stall where they are now, based on what I have.


As you age, effort costs more. In fact, you become more aware of effort because fatigue happens sooner. And sometimes even moderate effort can cause pain.

So sometimes I too wonder if I have enough.

But challenges can be good because they lead to making wiser, more careful choices.

Mallard, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: What Is Enough?

Mallard, Female, Resting on Still Water


For me, taking photos is more like traveling on a journey than reaching a destination.

As with any journey, there are always rewards.

For example, taking photos leads to learning that enhances my photo class. It leads to experiences that add stories to my presentations. And it leads to ideas that become articles.

So the process of taking photos expands the value of what I have.

More importantly, taking photos sustains my life.


My purpose is to inspire respect for Nature. I fulfill that by taking photos so I can share Nature’s beauty with others.

And you must know that having a purpose is essential for being fully alive. Your purpose creates meaning, importance, and significance, all of which lead to vitality.

So my answer to that question is: As long as I’m here, I will never have enough photos.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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  • Sneed Collard
    Posted at 09:14h, 13 December

    Great post, Steve–and one that gets to the heart of many things. By staying active, we keep learning, and that helps keep us alive and thinking. Love those photos! Keep taking them!

  • Thomas Hill
    Posted at 09:34h, 13 December

    Thank you for describing in words what is clear in the work you share with us. More than pictures.
    Have a great holiday season.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 14:58h, 13 December

    I hope that will always have enough to enchant us and inspire us. Thank you.

  • Hannah Fullmer
    Posted at 08:53h, 14 December

    Great blog post! And thank you for sharing the information about The Trust for Public Land.

  • Norma Holt
    Posted at 14:01h, 14 December

    Great work Steve. I hope you never have enough of taking these superb photos. You are a Godsend to nature lovers.

  • Mary Lundeberg
    Posted at 08:29h, 15 December

    This post sure speaks to me! Thanks for inspiring us all.

  • Ann Platzer
    Posted at 11:34h, 15 December

    I Agree Steve. I will never take enough photos. It is part of my life . We are lucky , fortunate, that it means so much to us.
    Ann Platzer.

  • Cathy Kozmary
    Posted at 16:29h, 28 December

    Powerful meaning in all of this – we need this message to be brought to as many people as possible. Thank you Steve for doing what you do!

  • Konnie Kim
    Posted at 19:14h, 14 January

    Beautiful images and words…Thank you!

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