I’ve been away from home for five months now so I have been passing the time with mobile pastimes, such as genealogy and photography. Going through the coronavirus pandemic with my sister while she recovers from unrelated medical issues has been great for both of use. Staying at home gets old, but doing it with someone else helps save one’s sanity.
I don’t have pets at home but for the last few months I have been bonding with Cleo the cat and Tortuga the desert tortoise. Cleo has made the grass catcher on the lawnmower her favorite sitting place. We don’t know why she loves it so much. Tortuga loves eating rose petals after his daily lettuce and fruit.
Working on the family tree has been possible through Ancestry. I love discovering new facts or documents related to my ancestors.
Being confined to a small area, I have taken to photographing tree bark and fence patterns. Funny the things you can see when you really look. Flowers are also favorites subjects. Something is always blooming in California. I’ve been using my smart phone. I haven’t picked up my DSLR in 5 months.
Over the past few months I have been staying with one of my sisters in southern California. Since mid-March, we have been under state and county stay-at-home orders. My universe has been limited to the local neighborhood for photography. On a whim, I decided to explore details in tree bark and fence slats. I was surprised by what I found when I decided to see. Most of my recent posts have featured subjects I found in the trees and fences. The final images focus on a smaller section of the original shot, sometimes just a tiny detail. A comparison of the original and the final images demonstrate the power of cropping.
The last two photographs were taken after both my parents had passed away and there was no home to go home to anymore. I still try to spend Christmas with at least one of my siblings and other family. Family, forever.