Growing Despite Hardship

I was, of course, taking my daily one mile walk with my dog when I came upon these wildflowers. They had managed to grow under the fence, up against the sidewalk, and still thrive. I found them to be an inspiration. How can I continue to grow in spite of, or perhaps because of, this difficult quarantine during the Coronavirus? Sheltering inside, except for this one hour a day, (and even for that respite, wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet way from other people), how can I use this time? What new skills can I learn, uninterrupted like this? What books could I read? What items in my apartment might I realize, with renewed clarity, that I no longer need and I could donate? What clutter could I clear out and then organize what remains, creating a more peaceful haven? What opportunities does this quarantine present that I am normally too busy, or too distracted, to notice?

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The Vast Expanse of Beach and Sea

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Utah Beach, Normandy, France.

My father landed D-Day +3 on Utah Beach and survived the Second World War. Five years ago, my husband and I took a long awaited trip to France. One of the places we went was to Normandy. As I stood on this beach (the only one of the five landing beaches we were allowed to walk on), I tried to take in not only its sheer beauty, but also the enormity of what had happened here in 1944. I bent down, scooping up a large handful of sand, and held it, thinking of all the soldiers who had landed here to help liberate France and Europe. Many lost their lives in the process.

Everywhere we went in Normandy, we saw plaques, statues and museums to commemorate the beginning of the end of the war and the breaking of the Nazi’s death grip on France. I couldn’t help but be humbled by France’s gratitude.

I think the beauty, vastness and history of this beach has something to impart to us in our own troubled time. The scourge of COVID 19, like WW II, leaves us in a world with the stark differentiation of before and after. Our world has changed, never to be quite the same. I take comfort not only from the memory of the soldiers who landed on this beach, but also from the people of France. They endured great hardship and privation, yet emerged into a world they could rebuild. For me, it helps put the current #ShelterInPlace directive in perspective. Added to that I realize that while this is difficult, I am among the lucky in that my income and housing are not affected while I remain confined to my apartment, and I have access to enough food. All of that makes me think, “This is hard, but I can do this. I may at times be teary or grumpy about it, or overwhelmed, or scared, but I can do this. I must do this. It is a small price to pay to keep myself and others safe.

Posted for Tina’s Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance.

The Tale of a Seagull and a Mussel

In Seven Acts

Act 1: Bringing up a mussel.

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Act 2: Ahhh, good…..food.

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Act 3: Whoops!!!!

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Act 4: Oh dear!

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Act 5: Nothing for it…….

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Act 6: Hmmm…. couldn’t find it.

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Act 7: Oh well…. I’ll look somewhere else then!

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Colors and Letters: Water Blue.
Photo a Day: Animals.

Fallen Bogenvilla Petals

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Posted for the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Delicate.

Also posted for Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #12, March’s theme / technique: Being creative with texture. This week’s assignment – Try to mix your texture with other colors and patterns.

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.

Nature’s Etchings Set in Stone

I tend to think of Dale and K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge as lasting from Monday through Sunday, even though those are not the technical rules. So here is a Sunday submission for last Monday’s Challenge: Set in Stone. You can click on each image to enlarge. I find the texture of the fourth photo to be astoundingly beautiful!

Posted for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Set in Stone.