Every time I go out with my camera I take pics of things that might be useful for inspiration.
Often the things are just bits of seaweed or sand.
Shadows or waves.
Puddles, fences and steps.
Even if the item itself isn't incorporated into some creation it is the evoking of a memory or a feeling that helps in the creative process.
All of these were taken at Mills Beach Mornington after a few really wet and windy days.