Peach blossoms in the Smokies. Rural upstate South Carolina.
This beautiful scene stopped my heart somewhere up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains while practicing social distancing out in the middle of nowhere.
Up until now (and probably after now, also) I have stepped back from the global pandemic that is our reality at the moment. I am a bit of an isolator to begin with, and have secretly and selfishly been enjoying the opportunity to venture out on backroads and photograph various things without cars or people blocking my view. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to capture some scene without having to photoshop a mess of cars out of it.... or have to wait countless seconds for the damn people to get out of the way.
That said - I miss people. I will be happy when I can stand close to a fellow human being again. Hug. Smooch. Hold hands. Laugh in someone's face.
I don't spend much time on social media. Not even now. But I have been poking around a little more than usual and it's given me a peek outside my selfish little bubble. I have to say - people are mostly being awesome. They're being supportive. They're being humorous. They're being kind. They're being vulnerable. All things that make me like people more.
My spirits are lifted by so many creative people out there...I would like to mention a few: @davidhappydog and @bobthewritingcat make me laugh every day. @feralfemmeart makes the most amazing art and is being very generous, offering specials on her work during this awful time when all her art shows have been cancelled. There are so many more, but those three come to my mind right away.
I wish y'all (as if anyone is going to read this, ha) peace in your heart and health in your body. Let it be well with your soul.