Beauty and Isolation

Maria, at CitySonnet, has two challenges for March 19th: Sapphire and Cheerful. Her March challenges were planned and written, of course, before the world had changed with COVID 19. The sky in this photo is indeed sapphire, and the tree busting into bloom would normally be cheerful. Indeed, this photo has a serene feel to it, almost as if the streets were emptied just for the shoot, and the four pedestrians were perfectly placed and clothed. There also seems to be the proper placement of red – the stop signs and two out of four shirts on the people. The sunlight is even hitting the westward face of the tallest building.

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But this photo was taken yesterday at 5:34 pm. The street should be bustling with people going home or to Whole Foods, and walking their dogs or pushing strollers for a last outing before dinner. The curbs should be lined with parked cars and the parking lot beyond the stop sign on the lower left should be full.

We here in the San Francisco Bay Area are in “Shelter in Place” mode (more on that later), which isn’t a full lockdown, but we are to go out only for necessities such as groceries, necessary doctor’s appointments, or letting our dogs tend to business, and we should not linger.

This isn’t easy, but each day as I walk outside, the beauty of spring causes me to draw in a deep breath, relax my shoulders, and appreciate what we have. Thank goodness I’m not going out in the pouring rain, for instance!

And in case you are wondering why I have so many pictures of this tree and these buildings, it’s because I pass them every day in my walk with the dogs. It’s the prettiest route for our short outing.

Please take care, everyone.

A Crowd of Contractors Laying Cement

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Posted for CitySonnet’s Colors and Letters: End with the letter T and Photo a Day: Crowd for March 16.

Sun’s Last Rays Through Budding Branches

March 11, 2020

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2 days later – March 13, 2020

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Posted for Debbie’s Travel With Intent Six Word Saturday. Also Posted for Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring Has Sprung.

Spring Has Sprung

Indeed, and all of a sudden, it seems. Though that frequently seems to be the nature of spring.

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Posted for Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Spring Has Sprung.

Different Views of the Same Sunset

Taken from my living room balcony facing east at 6:45 PM.

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The same view at 7:00 PM. Notice the sun hitting the houses on the hills.

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Taken from my kitchen balcony at 7:33 PM. Facing north and curving at little toward the northwest.

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Facing east again at 7:34 PM.

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Posted for Little Pieces of Me1’s March LPM Photo Adventure: Sunrises or Sunsets.