*COVID-19 restrictions have added another wrinkle to my son’s wedding. I was hoping to play my flute for his wedding. The venue had approved it as I would be more than 6′ from others and could face away when I’m playing, but the officiant objected and is requiring that I have a shield as well. Finding a shield is proving to be more difficult than I had imagined, so I thought I would make a video with my new microphone. However, I can’t use the remote to start and end the video, so I’ll also have to learn how to edit the video. Then because of the file size I had to learn how to post it on YouTube. So if nothing else COVID-19 has made us all learn new ways of doing things.
*Tonight is the Full Beaver Moon, but with a snow storm threatening I decided to go an isolated dead end road to try to get some Full Moon pictures last night at moonrise. Unfortunately the clouds got in the way and the moon wasn’t fully visible until darkness had descended.
*The last day of November 2020. A vaccine is on the horizon while numbers for COVID-19 increase rapidly. Because Canada doesn’t make it’s own vaccine, it is predicted that 50% will be vaccinated by September 2021. So keep up the social distancing, wear a mask and stay home if you have even mild symptoms.
*USA remains #1 for number of cases as emergency rooms are now at or exceeding capacity. The Canada/US border remains closed for all none essential travel. Even though COVID insurance can now be purchased the Canadian government is still recommending that people stay home.
* Only 1 month from the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and for some it is already the darkest day. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise during this second wave filling emergency rooms to capacity. The Canadian/USA Boarder remains closed for at least another 30 days. Parts of Ontario (Toronto and Peel) will be entering a lock down and only essentials will be available. Christmas is already being labelled as different this year because we’ll probably be sitting alone, zooming our family, and waiting for this pandemic to end. Hope is around in the New Year as a vaccine is being developed and distribution is anticipated.
Sunday and the world is going mad as the second wave of COVID-19 is even greater than the first. Restrictions are being re-introduced as numbers of confirmed cases keep breaking records. A vaccine is being promised as soon as January 2021, as announced by President Trump (in his days of denying that he has lost the election). Major staffing changes are being made in the military in the USA, as unconfirmed claims of election fraud are being seeded liberally by Trump supporters. The USA remains #1 in the world for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Studio pictures aren’t my style either. I prefer outdoors without any special lighting. My grandneice ran up to the top of a hill and for a brief moment was on top of the world as the “Queen of the Hill”. Candid shots of people being people are my very favorite types of portraits.
As communities prepare to celebrate Halloween COVID-19 style there have been many suggestions on how to maintain social distancing while Trick or Treating.
For me, and many other Canadian Snow birds, it means we’re home for Halloween instead of traveling to our winter season in the southern USA. Unfortunately our Southern friends and neighbours won’t have the economic benefit of the Northern Visitors. Many of the usual travelers are stuck with no winter home and scrambling to find an appropriate winter nesting ground. Seasonal Trailer Campgrounds aren’t permitted to have people be there year round so these retired people need to find somewhere else to go for 2-6 months. Some have petitioned for an exception this year, but the petitions seem to be falling on deaf ears.
The American election is quickly approaching. For all my American Friends I encourage you to get out and vote.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, playgrounds were closed and children weren’t allowed on the monkey bars, swings and slides. Once the playgrounds were re-opened social distancing still had to be maintained. So children could climb, swing and slide again.
But they weren’t permitted to get too close or make new friends playing tag. My heart broke to watch children with social circles excluding others as if they had the plague. Only children faced exclusion even though they had been self-isolating for months before hoping to join the other children on the playground.
After playing hand sanitizer was used just in case someone using the playground equipment had left virus particles behind. During play the washrooms were closed, so many children had a temporary disappearance into the woods for a quick pee, before returning to play again.
Friday’s engagement shots were shared by the Fiancée on Facebook. The turnaround time was less than 24 hours and I still have problems keeping the number of photographs down.
I walked with my Son and his Fiancée to gift them their engagement photos yesterday. The threat of rain provided an excellent backdrop to the beautiful fall colours. They decided to get married because COVID-19 is a good reason for a small wedding. The date is set, the venue is booked, and the guest list parred down to 30. Only immediate family and very best friends will be included. Only 1 of my sisters will be invited. There will be 4 children present at the event. Their 2 children (previous relationships) and his nephew and niece. He said he will be allowing photos during the ceremony even though he is hiring a photographer (not me, he thinks the mother of the groom should be enjoying the day not working).
Thanksgiving day celebrations are over. Everyone is returning their diets to atone for the sins of the weekend as we await the announcements for our tightened COVID-19 restrictions. One case has been reported at one of our local elementary schools, while UWO (University of Western Ontario) has been declared an outbreak centre.
Celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic is not like a normal year. The Provincial Government is recommending that you only celebrate with your immediate household members as tighter restrictions are rumoured to be put in place during this second wave. The number of cases of COVID-19 are higher now than during the first wave, but luckily the number of deaths in Ontario are significantly lower (so far).
In typical Canadian fashion I think this recommendation is not being followed as people are doing what they believe to be the right thing and celebrating quietly with their families. The Pandemic and the restrictions that have been in place for 7 months is just too long. Many believe that we are just going to have to live with masks and a vaccine will never be the answer to stop the spread of COVID-19.
So the camera brand isn’t important. Just keep taking pictures to remember our family and everything we have to be thankful for.