The contemplative photographer who gazes at the world with the eyes of the lover steps beyond mere seeing into the realm of beholding. It is an emotional interaction that is all about relationship.
I find myself approaching flowers in this way. It is not about knowing their botanical names or even thinking about their design and color. It is purely a love affair on my part.
I experience this wildly exotic Bird of Paradise with wonderment and rapture. I don't need to know anything about it. It is enough to just bask in its beauty and exuberant nature.
I think this way of contemplative photography is the least cerebral. It is pure and heart-felt appreciation...love for the sake of love. This way always leaves me completely happy and content and if I could only approach my camera work in one way it would be with the eyes of the lover.