I just take my little point and shoot camera, and I do just that. It all started way back when I used to do a lot of paper scrapbooking. I'd be doing a page in say riding Dumbo, and it was nice to include the sign of the ride. Or eating in a particular restaurant, so I'd take a picture of the restaurant sign. Well soon enough, I was snapping pictures of almost all the signs I was passing along the way, as I enjoyed my day.
When I load these pictures onto my Picassa program, I can then crop them, and edit them. I just recently discovered this HDR edit. It brings out all the detail better. I play around with that a bit, so the picture looks natural too me.
I sure appreciate it when MiceChatters comment favorably on what I enjoy doing, and showing here in my thread.