Beech Tones.

Big changes are happening in my life over the next few weeks. Besides returning to my day job as an auto mechanic, in a little over two weeks I’ll be completely changing careers for the first time in my life. Still, my goal is to share at least one image a day, an image that has been captured here in my yard, or in the woods beyond.

Initially I started this project to keep from going stir crazy as I was home from work. I wanted to still be able to both continue to photograph, while also doing my part to curb the spread of the coronavirus by staying home.

Then it occurred to me that this project could possibly be an inspiration to others who may be at a loss because they feel that because they can’t venture out as they normally would, they’re unable to make pictures.

Hopefully I’ve shared at least one photograph over the last few weeks that shows that you too can still break out the camera, even if you are stuck at home. In so doing I hope this inspires them to try and do the same.

21 thoughts on “Isolation Project, Day 18.

  1. There is magic in beeches. When I lived in northern VA and worked in DC, I walked through a small, gentle valley with a tiny stream to get to the metro. There was a lovely stand of beech trees and they were enchanted, I was certain. They started and finished each work day with a whisper of calm. I will always love beeches.

  2. Jeff,

    I hope the new career changes work out for the best. If I can help, please let me know.

    My images are about to change.

    The New Jersey Governor has closed all state, county and township parks, woods and forests regardless of which part of the state you reside. The central and southern end of the state has much fewer people, more farms, and more and larger woods and forests. I have encountered just a few — less than a handful — of people on my hikes with my wife. There is always space for social distancing in the wood and forests. We are still allowed out to walk around our neighbourhood but that is unsafe, given how many people are out walking on the sidewalks.

    As a nemophilist, this is soul-crushing.

    1. I fear we are not far off from the same thing happening here. Many of the trail head parking lots are full to overflowing, the beaches are a zoo, even though every town along NH’s very short seacoast has closed parking all along Rt 1A along the seacoast. With one of the biggest problems being the number of out of state plates we’re seeing not only along the seacoast, but all the way up in to White Mountains.

      The problem as I see it was our governor’s mixed message when he issued the stay at home order. Basically, “stay home. But, the parks and beaches are going to be open, so go out.” People seem to forget that they can simply walk outside their front door and go for a walk if they want to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise.

      1. I bet most of those out of state plates are from New York City. I’ve read about the wealthy “escaping” the risks from a dense population city by travelling north to thier second homes in Vermont, New Hampshire and south to the Jersey Shore. Appalling behaviour.

        1. NYC as well as Mass. There are a lot of people with summer homes looking to escape the hot spots, but there are also a lot of selfish asses who just plain insist on heading to the beaches, parks, and mountains. There are way too many people who are placing their own selfish wants over the needs of society as a whole.

      2. Our beaches and boardwalks are now closed, but before that, some of the local shore towns have attempted to keep outsiders (bennies and shoobies) from stressing their systems. Similar to North Carolina and Virginia, New Jersey has a lot of barrier islands.

        It’s classism and “I don’t careism”.

        FYI.: Benny and shoobie are pejorative slang words used by year-round residents of the Jersey Shore to describe stereotypically rude, flashy, loud tourists from North Jersey and New York.

        I’ve found spots very close to home, walking distance from my front door, where I can connect with nature.

        1. We are running into the same thing in our mountain towns. The various Facebook hiking groups I belong to are filled with people still planning on going on hikes. The worst part is that well over 50% of these people aren’t locals, with many needing to drive a couple of hours to get to the mountains. Luckily the national forest has closed down all the major scenic areas and trail heads. And the governor has finally closed the state parks and beaches due to the crowds.

  3. Again, I wish you the best adventure in this new path you’ll be taking soon. I’m sure you’ll do as great as you have so far and that it will bring you new joy and perspectives, everything you’re already developing daily so beautifully with your camera.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share creativity throughout lockdown from wherever we all are. It feels like we’re all connected somehow, which we already were; we’re sharing the same home.

    Take care
    xoxo
    Jul’

    1. Thanks Jul. I am very excited about the new career. Right now I’m simply counting down the days 🙂

      I would have to say that I’ve been really enjoying the photos you’ve been making during your lockdown. Especially considering you’re much more restricted on your movement. I think that makes what you’ve been creating doubly impressive.

      1. Will you let us in the secret of your new career? Does it have to do with teaching photography?

        Thank you for your daily compliments on my lockdown pictures. I still find hard to look at them in another way than simple and unoriginal but I’m working on changing the language I use on my activities as well as my perspectives.
        Again, thanks for the opportunity.
        Let’s see what that new month of self-isolation has in store for us…

        1. First off, if what you’ve been sharing is “simple and unoriginal,” I can only imagine how good they’d be if you actually put your mind to it.

          As for the new job, I wish it was in the photography field. I was having a hard enough time getting people to attend the workshops I have already been offering. Certainly not enough attendance levels for it to sustain me full time. My new job will have me working at on submarines. How’s that for a career change? 🙂

          1. Submarines, in New Hampshire?!?! Where do they hide them???
            Interesting turn of events, that’s for sure.
            Photography might well wait for your 3rd career change 😉

            And thanks for always seeing in my photography when I still have trouble seeing… 😄

            1. New Hampshire does have a seacoast, a very short seacoast. Interestingly enough I’ll be working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which is actually in Kittery, Maine. Which is across the river from Portsmouth, NH.

              I think you’ve been doing great with your photos. As is often the case we are our own worst critics, I know I am. So it’s not at all surprising to hear you’re not always recognizing how good your photos are.

  4. The colour of those beeches looks more fallish than springish. Lovely gold.
    Have you shared yet what you are moving towards in your career? You sound so excited by the coming change. Enjoy the anticipation, and the change — and please don’t stop sharing your photos.

    Oh — and I am still hoping for a still shot of that windblown whatever it is. 🙂

    1. One of the things I love about beech trees is how some will hold onto their leaves through the winter, not letting them fall until the new ones are about to emerge. Trust me, I’m still working on that spinner too!

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