I often come across feathers on my walks, and I usually do stop to take a picture (or ten), but rarely find my photos of much interest afterwards, from a compositional point of view. This particular feather, however, scattered among several others, seemed so fluffy and bright. This and the others are (were) quite small… only a few inches long. I didn’t pick them up or move them. In fact, this is often the challenge I give myself when photographing things on the ground. I take the shot as is, no moving things around or rearranging to “improve the scene.” I don’t know why I’ve made this rule for myself, but it seems to have worked its way into my way of doing things. What about you? Do you impose completely arbitrary rules on your creative process? Should I stop this madness?