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?

One…

in three bites.

honey bee on flower

[ˈpäləˌnādər] pollinator

something that moves pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma of a flower

My foray into gardening this year didn’t mean just planting vegetables to feed us. I wanted the bees to have their own oasis. With ongoing reports about their decline, planting a package of seeds seemed a small thing to do. My garden is wildly unmanicured but for me, judging by the variety of bees it hosts, I’m calling it a success.

Pillowy pockets…

of cloud

[ muhmah ] mamma

type of cloud that often forms on the base of storm clouds, towards the back of a weakening storm system, formed in part by sinking air

One of my favorites of the cloud world! On this morning my husband called me after spotting them, knowing how much I love them. These ones were perfection! They lasted for perhaps five minutes before disappearing.

Don’t forget to look up! The sky is but one large canvas…

Extreme…

weather.

[tôrˈnādō] tornado

a mobile destructive vortex of violently rotating winds

Every decision we make matters. Every decision from the simplest one to the most complex makes a difference. Each stop we made, every shot I took on our drive home, led us to the top of a hill as a tornado began forming. I watched this EF1 tornado form three minutes after the initial tuba disappeared back up into the cloud. It lasted maybe seven minutes until it roped out and disappeared back into the cloud. It destroyed a barn that had existed for over a hundred years. No lives lost, two legged or four.

The destination is never the most important part of our trips. I love that. And as cars sped by us parked by the side of the road I smiled thinking we’d just seen nature put on a show, and I’d captured it from start to finish. Was it a once in a lifetime shot? I don’t know that yet. But I’m glad we took the time to enjoy the moment. Don’t be in a rush. Every moment matters.

The dragonfly…

and emergence.

[tran(t)sˈfôrm] transform

dramatic change in form, appearance, or character

The dragonfly undergoes an incredible metamorphosis from water dwelling larva to winged hunter during its life cycle.

This year has underscored how important transforming your life is. I’m inspired when I hear stories from people who have met our recent challenges with optimism and forward thinking.

For some, a new or renewed purpose, and for others, an ending. If you’re struggling with the latter, remember that an ending creates the opportunity for a beginning.

Life cycles…

Time…

to explore.

wood bench outdoors water color sketch digital art

 [vyo͞o′point′] viewpoint

a place from where you consider something

Social media’s full of differing ones these days. Perhaps the lens of time will show the right course of action.

Experiences shape our opinions and with every new one, there’s a chance for growth. I’m going to keep an open mind…

After all, I used to think everything had to happen ‘in-camera’ but photography isn’t a stagnant art form. What’s important is transparency and taking each image to the point where it evokes what you feel.

Now is the perfect time to explore from home.

View…

of the future.

[rəˈflekting] reflecting

thinking deeply and carefully about

I’m glad I have an extensive archive of photographs to revisit. I’m always able to find one that hits the mood for the day. A lone strip of land, isolated objects, and in the distance fog–the new normal.

Different sides…

of the coin.

purple lily with bokeh

[ˈməT͟Hərˌho͝od] motherhood

the biggest gamble in the world

Happy Mother’s Day to the women who’ve gambled and the ones who have not.

To the ones who invest countless hours every day raising and nurturing their children.

To the women who’ve chosen four-legged children over two-legged ones…or had that decision made for them.

To my mother and the other women who are still in, or have passed through my life enriching it in so many ways.

Have a wonderful day filled with love.

Between a rock…

and a hard place.

[rəˈzistənt] resistant

not wanting to accept something

The shingle urchin, or kaupali as it’s called in Hawaii, is able to resist being washed away by having superior adhesion, and a unique body shape.

We are in unprecedented times. Everything we take for granted has undergone some form of change, and each of us feels its effect differently. With spring in the air, it’s challenging to be limited in the things we can do. Things we’re used to doing like camping, attending concerts, and having social gatherings like weddings.

We can be resistant to the new normal, or we can err on the side of humanity.

Stay creative, stay positive, and most of all, stay safe.