Monday, May 4, 2020

Walled-In Pond

Cherry Blossom Reflections, Snohomish County, Washington

To call these unusual times minimizes how unusual they really are. Over the past seven weeks, the majority of my photography has been conducted within a few feet of my front door. And given that the stay-at-home order in my state has just been extended, my yard will continue to be my photography subject for at least another four more.

It’s easy to fixate on the limits. My spring and summer travel plans have been scrapped. And I can’t help but think of the photo opportunities in the parks close to home, which are off-limits to my camera and tripod. But these nearly two months at home have also been eye-opening.

While I have one of the smallest homes in my neighborhood, I have one of the largest lots — one-third of an acre. And in my nearly 13 years here, I’ve been trying to give as much as I can of it back to nature. I have replaced much of my lawn with native plants. With so much development going on around me, it’s important to me to offer a mini oasis to the birds, rabbits and other creatures that are being displaced every day.

The thing is, while creating a wildlife habitat is so important to me, I haven’t really taken the time to appreciate it. I have done some photography here before, but I haven’t spent day after day taking notice of how many animals use this small suburban patch of land. I always thought someplace else would be more interesting.

With museums and galleries closed, many of my artist colleagues have been forced into creating online shows of their work. In that spirit, I’d like to share with you some of the image from my quarantine sessions in my yard.

A very good friend suggested the title, Walled-In Pond, which I initially laughed off. I don’t generally believe puns cast the correct artistic mood. However, in this case, I think it works. One of the key lessons that Henry David Thoreau learned in his 2 years, 2 months and 2 days at Walden Pond is that our day-to-day affairs often get in our way of appreciating life and growing personally. And these 2 months at home have given me a new appreciation of the importance of the land I call home.

By the way, the pond in my case is a broken hot tub. I really do want to replace it someday, but for now, the birds enjoy using it as a birdbath. It also provided a lovely reflection surface for the apple blooms in the image at the top of this post.

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First Blossoms, Flowering Currant, Snohomish County, Washington

First Blossoms, Flowering Currant

Anna's Hummingbird and Flowering Currant, Snohomish County, Washington

Anna’s Hummingbird and Flowering Currant

Anna's Hummingbird Landing on Cherry Tree, Snohomish County, Washington

Anna’s Hummingbird Landing on Cherry Tree

Anna's Hummingbird Feeding, Snohomish County, Washington

Anna’s Hummingbird Feeding

Super Moon Through Evergreen Branch, Snohomish County, Washington

Super Moon Through Pine Tree

Converging Leaves, Poison Hemlock, Snohomish County, Washington

Converging Leaves, Poison Hemlock

American Crow on Weathered Branch, Snohomish County, Washington

American Crow on Weathered Branch

New Leaves on Alder Branch, Snohomish County, Washington

New Leaves, Alder Tree

Decay Stripes, Fallen Alder Tree, Snohomish County, Washington

Decay Stripes, Alder Tree

Cherry Blossoms, Solitary Branch, Snohomish County, Washington

Cherry Blossoms, Solitary Branch

Black-Capped Chickadee Among Cherry Blossoms, Snohomish County, Washington

Black-Capped Chickadee Among Cherry Blossoms

Dark-Eyed Junco Hidden in Cherry Tree, Snohomish County, Washington

Dark-Eyed Junco and Cherry Tree

Wilson's Warbler, New Oak Leaves, Snohomish County, Washington

Wilson’s Warbler, New Oak Leaves

Magnolia Flowers, Snohomish County, Washington

Magnolia Blossoms

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