Sometimes you go somewhere and a story idea presents itself to you. Maybe you imagine a person you see as a character in a story and imagine what they might be like and what they might have done, or what they are doing in the place where you happen to see them. Perhaps you wonder about where they might be going and who they might be meeting, and why.
Other times, you might just happen upon a setting for a story you've already written and imagined, but never visited in person. It can give you ideas for future stories too. This happened to me recently when I visited a park not far from my home, in Tucson, Arizona. Now the story it reminded me of actually took place in a desert much closer to Cairo than Tucson, but it's just as I imagined. A true desert oasis doesn't just fall into your lap every day, but I saw one in real life and instantly said, "this is the oasis from my romance story, Stolen Secrets."
As an artist, I try to visit some beautiful locations to take photos for paintings, but I just never imagined I was going to walk into a park that could have been a setting for a scene from The Arabian Knights. I'll post some photographs and you tell me what you think.