Lens-Artists #90: Distance

This week  Tina has chosen Distance as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

From Tina’s post: Bottom line; we are all in this together despite needing to avoid each other physically.  Please share with us the creative ways you’ve found to address your need to connect while keeping your distance. Have you found interesting and productive ways to pass the time? Are you enjoying comics/funny stories or do you find the situation too serious for jokes? The Lens-Artists team hopes our weekly challenge brings at least a small opportunity to look away from the news for a bit to connect with the rest of us. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing your Distance images – whether related to the COVID-19 crisis or not.

The photo at the top of the page was taken the morning of March 13, 2020, the same day President Trump declared a National Emergency because of COVID-19. It was the last day I was able to take a walk on the beach. I wasn’t the only one on the beach that morning but everyone was already practicing social distancing. Here’s two more photos from my walk that morning.

Last beach walk before Social Distancing began on March 13, 2020
Last beach walk before Social Distancing began on March 13, 2020

Since that day, we’ve have been practicing social distancing. Except for my morning walks, my only outings are to the grocery store or to pick up a to go order to help support local restaurants. Sadly, the beaches were closed about 12 days ago. My morning walks are through the neighborhood now and that gives me a chance to say hello to neighbors I haven’t seen for a while as we practice social distancing by walking on opposite sides of the street.

Beaches and parking lots closed after State of Emergency in Georgia
Beaches and parking lots closed after State of Emergency in Georgia

Some days I have a hard time concentrating because of what is happening but during this time I have been able to take care of a few tasks I have been neglecting for a while. I’ve also pulled a lot of weeds and planted sunflower and zinnia seeds. I’ve had plenty of time to sit in my garden and watch the bees and butterflies.

Monarch on Milkweed

I keep up with friends and family with phone calls, texting, social media and blogging. I’ve also learned a new skill – attending a Zoom meeting! Woo hoo!

Many, many thanks go out to all of the doctors, nurses, all hospital staff, first responders, farmers, truck drivers, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, teachers, volunteers who are making masks, distillers who are making hand sanitizer, manufacturers who are making ventilators and masks, volunteers feeding hospital workers and making meals available to kids who aren’t in school, all the parents who are at home with their kids now, neighbors who are helping out their neighbors. Thank you!

We are all in this together and I believe we will get through it and be stronger for it.

Many thanks to Tina for this weeks Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Distance

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  1. Nicely done Beth – loved the images but am sad for you that the beach is closed. Ours is closed to the public but we are still allowed to be there in groups of 3 or less. I’m just glad we are able to be outdoors. Agree wholeheartedly about neighbors helping neighbors and about our amazing health care workers. We know who the real heroes are now, don’t we?!

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  2. Thank you for your encouraging words! And we are so thankful we can get outside for walks and desert rides.

    Your captures are fabulous… you will walk on the beach again!

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  3. A wonderful post! Well done sending love for all our heroes out there – without them this would not work. Good you still can get outdoors, so can we. Lifting the spirits some. Stay well and safe!

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  4. Hi, Beth. I’m glad you’re keeping a record of life during the pandemic. I think we’ll all never forget this experience, which at times seems unimaginable. I love your first beach photos and hope that soon you’ll be able to return to your walks on the beach. Take care and stay safe.

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