these days, i feel kind of like an alien. i’ve found that taking pictures has kind of caused me to pay attention to the surroundings that, up to this point, i’ve completely ignored. for example, i learned this week that, in life, it’s important to have a decorative, beflowered mailbox. now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that i necessarily disagree with the philosophy of the decorative mailbox camp— it’s just that, i’ve always thought of mailboxes in very practical terms and have never taken notice of them as anything but receptacles for mail. 90% of mailboxes in my neighborhood are not only dressed up but ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. peculiar.