As you can probably guess, I take photos like they're going out of style. I do delete the out-of-focus ones, but that hasn't always been my habit. Even if I don't use them, I keep them. Plus I resize them, sometimes into two smaller versions - and I keep them. I can't let go of them. I even saved the photos of roses that have left the garden. Makes me think of apron strings.
Some gardeners cut flowers for the house. I don't. I take photos. I love to see the flowers on the bushes and scattered everywhere in the garden. Perhaps it's because I'm a fairly new gardener who has lived most of her gardening life with very young plants that don't bloom as profusely as large mature plants. So some neurosis, similar to growing up in the depression, compels me to leave the flowers in their natural place.
Some gardeners keep journals. I don't. I keep photos. Sometimes daily photos. Sometimes 100 daily photos. The folders are named with the date - like a journal. I don't need to write about the garden. I can see the garden, the growth of the plants over time, the color variation of blooms from cool spring to hot summer, and the maturing of every phase and part of the garden. I like seeing. Seeing is retaining. Seeing is never forgetting. Seeing is always having and never losing. When it's dark outside, I can see the garden at noon. When it's raining, I can see the sunlit roses. Seeing almost displaces touching and smelling.
Photography may have shaped a different perspective on gardening in me. The garden from behind a camera lens may look different from the garden completely unobscured. Without the camera I sometimes miss the ability to zoom, under-appreciating the larger view. The practice of cherry-picking my shots may make the 'real' garden seem inadequate. Do I put the camera in my pocket long enough to stop and smell the flowers? Do two hands holding the camera mean no hands holding a flower?
Can there be a downside to photo hoarding? Not the cost. With no film to develop or pay for, the sky's the limit, right? Hmm, maybe not. My hard drive is the limit. I just checked. I have 106 Gb of free space on my C: drive and only 30.4 Gb of photos in the My Pictures folder. That means room for maybe four more years of photos. Ah-ha, the computer has two other hard drives, so maybe the sky is the limit... unless I get a camera with more megapixels. Then all bets are off.