Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Change and Hope

It's hard to believe that another month has passed and it's time to start photo blogging about P.J.'s photo blogging challenge for the month of January - Change and Hope. There might be some political commentary in this one, so if you disagree that's fine, but we'll probably have to agree to disagree. The first two photos fall into the change category, in my mind and the last three photos fall into the hope category.

1 & 2. Change

Both of these shots don't seem like there's much change associated with them, except when you consider that both were taken in the middle of January. In years gone by, the thought of seeing sunflowers blooming on January 10th would have been unheard of, with the exception of inside a hothouse, but out in a garden somewhere? The same thing goes for seeing not one, but two different snakes slithering out and about in the middle of January. They should be underground, hibernating the cold months away.


What can we do about it? Lots of things, but we really need to think about this on a long term scale. To blindly say, maybe we are, and maybe we aren't affecting the climate isn't good enough anymore in my opinion. What we need to do is to further invest in alternative energy sources, ones that don't have as big of a carbon footprint as our current energy usage is. Can we get there immediately? Obviously, no, but every little step in that direction will help. 



3. Hope

As noted above, the last three photos I have are centered around hope in my mind, with the first of the three sort of a bridge between the two different themes. Once again, a changing climate is allowing us to see butterflies out and about more frequently in colder months. Granted, I love seeing butterflies, but not when they're not supposed to be out. However, this Common Buckeye butterfly gives me hope for the resiliency of the species. As you can see, it's pretty battered and bruised, but it obviously hadn't given up on its life mission. It was still flying around, either looking for food, or looking for a mate so it could pass on its genetic material to the next generation.


4. Hope

Those of you who know me, know I've been obsessed with painted rocks. I started seeing them during the spring and summer of this year while I was out on walks. There's a local artist who has been planting a variety of different kinds of painted rocks around the neighborhood. Either they've finally gotten bored with that activity and have moved on to something else, or perhaps they're getting discouraged that many of their pieces of art keep disappearing. This is one of the reasons why I've been photographically documenting them when I see them, so there's some kind of permanent record of them existing. I also thought this new one I spotted this month had a great message that fit in with the hope theme.




5. Hope

Finally, with the vaccine starting to roll out, there's hope for the future again. Hope that I'll be able to get back on the hiking trail with longer hikes and more camping. I've been staying very close to home, not spending any overnighters anywhere since a year ago February and I'm hoping, at least, that that aspect of my life can return to a semblance of normal. I have a couple of backpacking excursions planned over the next couple of years and I hope I can get back on the trail soon. I also want to label my posts more than just with the California tag.




Well, there you have it. My take on the them of Change and Hope. As always, I welcome your comments. Please click on the link above to see how other people interpreted the same theme.

8 comments:

  1. I agree on the climate change points. In MA it's been the garden at the library blooming, days before being covered in snow.

    I hope your part of CA is dealing with the pandemic well.

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    1. Dealing with it as best we can. I look forward to when I can have a vaccination and won't live in so much disgust at all of the people who just don't feel like they have to wear a mask. It's very frustrating.

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  2. I don't have to worry about seeing any sunflowers, snakes or butterflies.....the temps are in the single digits with below 0F wind chills! We get our second COVID shot in about a week. As soon as the happens, we'll start looking for places to travel!

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    1. I'm very envious of your second shot. I haven't even received a first one yet. Still hunkered down.

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  3. Lovely words and images. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Yep, the whole climate change thing shouldn't be a big debate...I'd love to see a shift in the conversation and actions to be more about making better choices for the long-term livability of planet earth rather than shouting at one another (mostly on social media). Here I am, almost two months after you published this post, finally hopping around...we are still hunkered down here. My parents and Mr GeoKs' parents have each received one dose of vaccine. We're hoping it'll be our turn by the end of May, and for our 21 y.o. living with us, maybe September? Meanwhile, we keep dodging people and stepping off the trail when folks get too close for comfort and COVID safety.

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    1. My parents have been fully vaccinated at this time. The irony of our household is, I'm the oldest one in the household and the only one who hasn't received even one shot. My wife gets her second shot on Saturday and my youngest gets his second next Tuesday. And according to our governor, I'm eligible to receive my first shot as of next Thursday, so the light can definitely be seen at the end of the tunnel.

      And it's good that you are still remaining safe. I predict you'll get your vaccine sooner than your timeline.

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