We have been in stay-at-home mode since the first week of March and we have been using masks plus wipes since February. This was the first time we have been out for a hike in the past 2 months. Usually outings were for essentials only.
It was dark, a bit foggy and the light was horrible. The fresh air however was divine. For an entire hour we were alone with Nature our masks pulled down breathing in the forest fragrance. It was intoxicating to feel the air and hear bird song
From our windows we could see the Magnolias blossoms this spring. I thought we had missed the live show but we were lucky one waited around for us to see up close.
We slipped out at 6 a.m. and did not see any humans til we were heading back home at 7:15. Running humans without masks who headed toward us so we had to cross the street. Arkansas never closed and I have been called names for wear a mask. So many people willing to risk other peoples lives by not wearing masks or at the very least respecting social distancing.
I dream of a time where I can safely see the magic hour again outside.
As mentioned in my previous blog posting when I rushed out to see the eclipse my tripod did not follow me. An unsteady camera with big lens pointed skyward and low aperture can create a serious of unusual effects. These are my favorite unexpected images.
I am a child of the moon and have been lucky to witness many of her magical events. On this night however a serious of unfortunate events lead me to a mad scramble whose result was forgetting my tripod. I was thankful to get anything which resembled the moon. Tomorrow I will share the avanguard versions of my moon photography.
“The sword of fear is wielded by cowards.” ~ Lee Hiller
Yesterday when I thought I would be editing these images a news alert popped up on my computer screen. An active shooter was inside the Tree Of Life Synagogue. As the sunset set and the moon rose the news stated 11 of our fellow human beings had been murdered and 6 others injured on a peaceful Shabbat morning. An American man, a fellow citizen had expressed his white male grievance by using his AR-15 and murdering 11 fellow human beings.
On Monday a man expressing his white male grievance was arrested for mailing 14 pipe bombs which thankfully never exploded. Another man expressed his white male grievance in Kentucky on Wednesday. He could not gain access to an African American Church to commit mass murder so he went to a Kroger grocery store and shot two African Americans who were shopping.
At the heart of of these tragedies is HATE. Hate fueled by those who spew lies to create division and fuel violence. I have learned from Nature that although its details which create the images I share are different and unique they come to together to create exquisite beauty. We are those details in the landscape of life too and when we come together as humans we are beautiful.
My fellow Americans please be mindful and vote as if someone else’s life depends on it. As we learned this week it probably does.