We are nearly three weeks into isolating ourselves as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Mel and I have been staying at home (our Florida rental for two more weeks that is) except for our daily walks and our brief but infrequent trips to the grocery store. Our walks have mostly been to nature preserves and wildlife areas that are not commonly visited by others, and for most of those walks, we have taken our cameras– which is how we have amassed so many pictures in a relatively short period of time!
Fortunately, photography is a hobby that is serving us well during this time of forced isolation. Even if we become restricted to the parameters of our own backyard, we will still find things to photograph–especially Mel with his macro photography!
One of the many benefits of this nature photography hobby has been its therapeutic effects. No matter how anxious or worried I am about the overwhelming consequences of this pandemic that we are all suffering through, once I start focusing on the birds and bugs around me, I am almost immediately calmed. All my concentration is focused on the subject at hand and whether the settings on my camera will be correct. But, even before the COVID-19, my picture walks had proven to be quite the magical elixir for restoring a sense of balance, tranquility and joy to my world.
An added benefit of this nature photography hobby has come from sharing my pictures with others, By sharing the things I have seen, I am afforded the opportunity to stay connected to others. The natural world is our common denominator. It gives us a common language with which to converse and to find joy. Pictures are just another way to communicate that joy– particularly during these very uncertain and heart-wrenching times.
I am a 76 year old retired teacher with an avid interest in hiking and photography. I am not a professional photographer, but spend almost every day exploring the natural world, taking pictures and honing my skills. When I review the pictures I have taken, I love researching information about the things I have found-- and then sharing my results with others. The time I have spent walking in the woods (including 4 months on the Appalachian Trail at 68) has always been somewhat therapeutic. When I added photography to the mix a few years ago, it quadrupled the therapeutic effect! Opening pictures on my computer at the end of the day is like opening presents. There are always surprises! It allows me to see so many details that were not visible to my naked eye! I have learned so many new things about birds and bugs, reptiles and mammals that I never knew before--and I have also found, that when I share with others, I invariably learn something new!
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Love your pictures and following you and Mel on your adventures! I am learning a lot about our natural world by your identifications. Keep up the good work!
You guys are so lucky to be down there for a little while longer anyway…Be safe… enjoy your time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t think I told you Katie has inoperable cancer in her intestines. She’s doing ok for now – medication has stopped the vomiting but when she can’t keep food down we’re gonna lose her. Just a matter of time now. Bad year for dogs at our house. I have not so good and bad days. She’s such a love. Yesterday my sister got out of the hospital- triple bypass. Seriously….. Other than that we’re good- as long as we don’t become a statistic!! Are all the kids doing well? And Marty and Alice? You never know how much you’ll miss your life til it’s curtailed like this!! Well, enjoy you guy!! And congrats on you puzzle performance Mel! Youiamazing! Love, Me
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Your pictures have a calming effect for me too. Always like them but have really enjoyed them during this time. They take my mind off things for a bit. A much needed relief at this time. Thanks♥️
It’s a much never relief for me as well to just go out and spend time focused on what’s beautiful in this world. 🙂