I have always had an attraction to nature, wildlife and the great outdoors. For me, photographying my surroundings enhances the experience. I find that I am much more atuned to the details and beauty of my surroundings when I am taking photographs. I would not think of going on any outdoor adventure without my camera.
Likewise when I am travelling even in urban environments I prefer to do it with a camera.
As much as I enjoy the taking of pictures I also enjoy, at least equally, creating an image using photoshop, lightroom and whatever other software is available for the task. I am more interested in creating a beautiful image than capturing reality as others may see it.