The Covid lifestyle…

I’m full of questions.

sunflower with partially opened petals

[ˈintrəˌvərt] introvert

someone who prefers calm environments, solitude, and small circles of friends

It’s easy to see who’s been the most affected by the changes Covid has brought to our global world. Psssst. It’s not us introverts.

In some ways this global wake-up call has put the stamp of approval on being a homebody. I’m curious to see what the lasting effects of this will be, particularly on our youngest people.

It’s a terrifying virus. For some, asymptomatic or no worse than the common flu, while for others, deadly. No one knows for sure what category they’ll fall into.

Masks confer an anonymity to the wearer that presents other issues to society. I miss those little moments of connection that smiling at a complete stranger brought. Maybe we should bring back the peace sign? A small gesture but one that says “I see you.”

Interesting times we’re living in. While watching a movie, it opened on a scene shot in an airplane. No masks. Will everything going forward look so dated? What will the future look like?

Don’t let covid…

stop you from picking up your camera.

jeep with mallards walking down the sidewalk

[stā] [hōm] stay home

only go out for medical care, food, and essential work

Great time to photograph what your world is like from home. I photographed this pair through my window as they strolled down the sidewalk, pausing to eat worms and to check out each yard. Stay home, stay safe, and stay creative…

For some wildlife…

being alone is normal.

north american porcupine in tree

[ˈsäləˌterē] solitary

occurring singly, not as part of a group

I had no idea what a porcupine’s face looked like until I spotted this guy, up a tree, snacking on some bark. Largely nocturnal, and most often solitary, it was a rare find for me. Normal times for wildlife, unusual times for us. Maybe we can learn from this. Stay safe…

Do your part…

#stayhome

[ˈsōSHəl] [ˈdistənsing] social distancing

avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people

It’s time.

Time to think about each person your actions could affect. We’re being bombarded by information and staggering numbers of deaths and infections–worldwide. I believe that we will all lose someone dear to us. We still have many ways of communicating available to us.

Let’s use those methods. Call your family and friends. Check in with them by phone and see if they need anything that you can safely provide. We will need everyone possible in the health care industry healthy so that they can provide care. Let’s not risk their health by not taking the steps outlined for social distancing. They are among the most valued going forward.

There isn’t much that we can do. But we can do that one small thing.

Wouldn’t you rather have done too much than not enough? Be kind, be patient, remember to breathe. We CAN do this.