Coming back to an area I visited a long time ago in my youth, brings back memories about the past. The beauty of nature is sometimes overwhelming, even when it rains.
Autumn has come, Summer is over. The garden is no longer the place to enjoy being outside during the pandemic, looking at plants and flowers. Seasons come and go, the natural cycle continues, and Summer is waiting to come back next year, hopefully in a different setting without restrictions.
A walk over a field of heather in the Zandenbos near Nunspeet.
A walk over a field of heather near Vierhouten.
Seeing something big, like a big field of heather, is always a prompt to be inspired. Even when it rains.
The garden is a haven and a wonderful example of a labor of love.
The theme for Lens-artists Weekly Photo Challenge #110 is ‘Creativity in a time of Covid’.
In The Netherlands, lock down started in March this year. For me the biggest impact was the obligation to stay in or close around the house. I hate talking about ‘normal’ or the ‘new normal’ but all of a sudden I was not on my bicycle twice a day to the station to take the train to commute to work. And hence my ‘spontaneous inspiration’ diminished for taking photos on my iPhone. Luckily the garden was a real treat in colors, flowers, sun (we just exit the heatwave), and still is. The biggest ‘creativity’ was doing DIY in and around the house. The DIY shops thrived during the lock down, everybody got working on projects.
So, how creative am I during times of Covid? I am still the same person in looking at objects; the world I can physically see however is smaller. Lock down is lifted gradually, so my world is growing again. But this limitation led me to see much more detail and up close, and wonder about the smaller things in life that are important, which I took for granted or did not give attention before. Which helps me to be patient, and support people who keep us going forward (care staff, hospital staff, scientists and even the government and all others who keep the country going). Challenging, but not impossible. Balancing, experiencing the unknown.