Lately though, with restrictions in place on travel, I’ve been using my bike for the work commute, and otherwise explored the village and surrounding countryside on foot.
Fortunately, photography accentuates our ability to see the beauty around us, so we don’t need epic vistas or distant travel to find compositions to delight our eyes and soothe our souls.
This period is reminding me what’s available very close by – and without compromising any social distancing guidelines.
Within one minute…
I have our small but valuable garden. The grass is beginning to be overcome by daisies (and will soon be followed by clover, when it becomes a bee haven) and the cherry blossom I bought my wife nearly a decade ago is resplendent in full bloom.
It won’t be long before the roses, wisteria and honeysuckle start to flower too.
Within five minutes…
I can wander further down the road we live on, which becomes a narrow lane, then at the end, a public footpath off through the woods.
There’s currently an abundance of wild garlic either side, with their pretty white flowers and heady scent, which looks especially alluring in the evening with the sun going down and casting its golden glow.
Might oaks stretch up into the sky, which with the vastly reduced traffic (road and air) is looking deeper and bluer than I can remember.
Within 10 minutes…
I can wander across a field to the woods, to find a carpet of bluebells gathering momentum daily.
It’s these woods that also contain the old Triumph bicycle I first photographed around eight years ago, and is still there, a little more rusted each time I find it.
Within 15 minutes…
Further into the woods finds the old Suzuki Jeep abandoned years ago and, like the bicycle, is being reclaimed by nature more each day.
Close by are the remnants of part of a fairground, including a handful of dodgem cars, looking forlorn amidst the brambles.
A scattering of other debris like tyres, a fridge, and toys, give further photographic opportunity.
If I walk in a different direction, the local church is also within 15 minutes, with its array of weathered wooden seats and crumbling, lichen covered gravestones.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of photographic material nearby, even without using a car to travel to some of my usual favourite haunts.
Combined with the glorious weather we’re experiencing, I want to make the most of these opportunities in the coming days and weeks.
How about you? What do you have within one, five, 10 and 15 minutes of you to explore and photograph?
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