I didn't take as many pictures this time, but even if I did when my subject is not my child, I find the weeding process a lot easier. I don't know exactly how many pictures I took, but after my first pass I had 75. In the end I only have 4 to share, and the rest will be deleted. I don't need/want to remember every angle or bit of our butterfly bush, just the pretty parts.
I did have three other photos I worked on for posting--one including a sunflare--but as I moved from these that I loved to those that I liked, I liked those even less, so I plan to delete them, too. Need to make room for more pictures of my kids, I guess. But this one, it is my favorite and worth the hour I spent taking pictures.
I don't mean to sound so complainy about how many pictures I need to sort through and edit. One thing I learned from this exercise and in taking pictures the last few months is that while I love looking at my favorite images and editing and sharing, if all I did was take photos for an hour and then reformat the card, the pleasure I get while choosing settings, framing the photo, reviewing the histogram after they are shot would still exist. Granted I wouldn't be able to ever improve if I never looked at my images again, and I wouldn't feel the satisfaction I get from looking at images or sharing them, but that enjoyment as I shoot is real, intrinsic in the process, and strong. If I lose my images*, I can always take more pictures of a butterfly bush, but that contented hour of peace as I enjoyed nature, my children, God, and my hobby cannot be lost.
*Do not misunderstand; we have lost a hard drive before and paid for photos to be recovered, so I know that can be a painful loss. Always back-up your pictures.