Isolation Antidotes (1): Glorious grasses

With all the unprecedented travel restrictions in place and forbidden contact with loved ones, though they are well within physical reach, I find myself delving back through archived photos that I’ve not yet shared with you, and I am using the opportunity to open a new category. I expect that there will be many more to come, but this will be my first. I made this photo during a brief rest stop along the bank of the Mustinka River in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, in June 2018. I remember clearly the wind in the grasses and the sun on my back. You may expect more from recent times in Minnesota, as there seems to be a very good chance that we may not be permitted to fly back to spend the summer there, as we have for as long as I can remember, and quite possibly others from my various travels. Let us cherish the memories—and each other, as we exercise caution and settle down to wait out the terrible measures we must take for as long as this lasts. Stay safe!

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15 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (1): Glorious grasses

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Here you pulled a masterpiece out of your archives, my friend. Your photo looks like an impressionistic painting. I like it very much.

    • krikitarts says:

      Ah, Peter, how kind of you! The view of the little river was rather interesting too, but when I focused my attention on these grasses in the wind, I knew it was something special. Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts!

  2. Winnie Hurd says:

    I’m so glad you’ve resumed posting new photos and messages from New Zealand. I’m catching up on your posts today, and it’s nice respite from reading, cooking, and walking the dog–my principle activities during social distancing and isolation. I am well and send my best wishes to you. If you must, enjoy spending a new season in NZ!

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, Winnie, great to hear from you again! I never actually stopped posting, though there was a bit of a dry period or two (mainly between March & September but also between September & December last year), but I’ve found/made the time to keep up with it much more since then. And it feels good to be active and in touch again. We have little to no hope of being able to fly in June as planned, and it looks like the prohibition is likely to last much longer than that. At least we’re in daily (even if not physical) contact with all the rest of the immediate family here, and that’s what counts most, by far. Stay safe and snug!

  3. shoreacres says:

    Back in the 1950s, chartreuse and maroon was a highly favored color combination, together with a dark green and gray. I remember the chartreuse and maroon not only because my mother had some of the dishes, but also because our bathroom was the most vibrant chartreuse and the most saturated maroon possible — at least, for a time. Your photo just brought it all back.

    • krikitarts says:

      I can picture that bathroom quite well. I remember the bathroom in the house that we rented in Fairfax, VA, which was pale mango with avocado sink and throne. Yeeesh! I’m happy for you that your memories of palettes past are more favorable than mine!

  4. bluebrightly says:

    Such a beautiful photograph! I love grasses and it’s easy to believe how you would remember the sun and wind. A wonderful image, and your text is, too. :-) .

  5. This is a wonderful image, Gary. This virus pandemic, while terrible, does give us the opportunity to be a little creative in how we spend our time, including looking back at experiences we’ve enjoyed.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Steve, I’ve been time-traveling and globe-hopping all day, and it’s great to have the time to do it, even if the reasons behind the free time are so grim. But though we all have to follow the restrictions, at least some photographic good will come of it.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good idea for a new category, my friend, just the thing. And what a beautiful picture of a really everyday subject – one of the wonderful things that photography is all about. Adrian :)

    • krikitarts says:

      One of the best things about it for me is teaching us to keep our eyes open and really look at what’s around us, rather than just seeing it. May we never lose this gift/skill/talent!

  7. seekraz says:

    I’m particularly fond of the wild grasses…don’t know why, but I am. Very nice image, Gary.

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