Happy Friday, happy weekend. 🙂
My friend, Joni Caggiano, poet, writer and photographer, nominated me to participate in the “Ten Day Travel Challenge.” The ‘rules’ are that …Ten Day #Travel Challenge: Day 5.
More beautiful photos (and a travel photo) from Stuart. 🙂
My friend, Joni Caggiano, poet, writer and photographer, nominated me to participate in the “Ten Day Travel Challenge.” The ‘rules’ are that …Ten Day #Travel Challenge: Day 4.
Stuart’s travel photo and two more Forest of Dean pictures – beautiful. 🙂
I recently saw a sign that said “2020. Written by Stephen King. Directed by Quentin Tarantino.”
Well, yes and no. For all its tragedies, fears, stresses, economic disasters, fires. floods, storms, inconveniences and annoyances, 2020 could have been a lot worse. In fact, history has recorded quite a number of years that were much worse than this one. 1944 was the worst year of WW II; June 8, D-Day, saw the deaths of almost 7000 allied soldiers (British, Canadian and American) in that 24-hour period alone.
1918 was the start of the Spanish flu. That plague went on to kill 50 million people world-wide. Whole communities were wiped out.
And let’s not forget WW I. On August 22, 1914, 27000 were killed during The Battle of the Frontiers. That was a single day’s losses. In total, that war killed 1.35 million soldiers; that number doesn’t include civilian deaths.
I could give many other examples, but you get the idea.
In the scheme of things, 2020 just wasn’t that bad. In common with others, though, I did a lot of moaning and complaining. But really, I haven’t been that badly affected. It’s more precise to say that I’ve been inconvenienced.
I kept my job. I didn’t lose anyone to coronavirus. I had to stay locked up and quarantined for weeks, but Spouse and I are both introverts. It wasn’t really that difficult.
Given that situation, a spotlight has been focussed on some things to which we need to pay attention; it’s like we’ve been given a second chance. Let’s not blow it.
So in that spirit, here are some realisations, appreciations and habits I hope to take with me:
1. Respect for nature. We don’t need to spread ourselves over every single millimetre of this planet. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that this is the attitude that lead to (probably) bat, snake and pangolin DNA combining to bring about coronavirus.
2. Mindful travelling. (https://mindfultravelco.com/5-steps-to-mindful-travel/). Trying to cram an entire continent into a 10-day package tour where the point is to post as many braggy photos to Instagram as possible? That’s not travel. To me, that sounds like a lot of gobbling and very little appreciation. Much of this type of travel is causing extreme damage to the very things people want to see. And the environmental injury is becoming enormous.
3. Solidarity. We’ve all been hit by this. The whole world. Focussing on our commonalities is much better than focussing on our differences.
4. We are a lot more capable than we have let ourselves become. We figured out some amazing, innovative, and environmentally friendly solutions to the coronavirus issues. And those vaccines! So amazing and so fast!
5. There are wonderful people from all walks of life who have stepped forward during this crisis. And sometimes, I was very surprised by who did (and who didn’t). For all we think we know people, we really don’t …
What do you think?
My friend, Joni Caggiano, poet, writer and photographer, nominated me to participate in the “Ten Day Travel Challenge.” The ‘rules’ are that …Ten Day #Travel Challenge: Day 3.
A challenge photo and great Forest of Dean photos from Stuart. 🙂
Stunningly beautiful forest photos (be sure to click the link to take a took) from Stuart, and, as a bonus, his travel photo. 🙂
In spite of the fact that 2020 wasn’t much liked, I was able to take a few decent photos. Some were more popular than others, and here are some of those, again. I didn’t necessarily take these photos in this order or during those months; they just match better. 🙂
Here are the first six of your 2020 favourites.
Happy Monday; happy week. 🙂
My friend, Joni Caggiano, nominated me to participate in the “Ten Day Travel Challenge.” The ‘rules’ are that participants post a photograph each day…Ten Day #Travel Challenge: Day 1.
Stuart is doing the Ten Day Travel Challenge and that’s today’s first photo. Can you guess where this is? I don’t know either (I’ve done my guess), but I’m waiting to find out. 🙂
Please click on the link to Stuart’s blog to see his usual nature photos. 🙂
The low winter sun brightens the forest floor among the oaks. A new year, but this project, begun at the start of April last year and aimed at …Today’s Pictures: 2 Jan 21
Muted winter sun and other lovely photos from Stuart. 🙂
A quiet reflection on a fishing pond in the Forest of Dean Perhaps I should wax lyrical about the ending of a year so full of personal tragedy for so…Today’s Pictures: 31 Dec 20, New Year’s Eve
Beautiful New Year photos from Stuart. 🙂