Turning my vehicle into the entrance to one of my fav places to shoot, my stomach fell to my feet. I was so ready to forget the world for a little while as I lost myself to the Wonders of Mother. To my shock I saw …
In my honest opinion, this was overkill and outright rude. There are other local parks who are not doing this, so why this one? Sunshine and fresh air are one of the best things we can do for ourselves, especially right now. As long as social distancing is maintained, I encourage all who can get to a nearby park to do so. Our State Governor just yesterday stated as long as social distancing is observed all parks are open to the public.
My second shock came when I approached the park walkway only to find it closed. All those coming into the park were rerouted to what I call the gauntlet.
Signs screamed such fear that anyone who was new to a park would just turn around and leave. Why must fear be screamed at us every which way we go? Then when a third event happened on that gauntlet, I was ready to go home.
I had decided to take individual pictures of the gauntlet signs that warned about ticks, a sign saying no dogs and another saying no bikes, two signs that spoke of the social distancing, and then another strong sign like the entrance sign that told all to stay home.
I checked behind me each time I used my camera making sure I would not be in anyone’s way. While taking a picture of one of the social distancing signs, I saw two groups of people behind me. I thought I had enough time to take a really fast picture, one that took all of about 5 seconds.
As soon as I depressed the shutter button I felt a presence. Three middle-aged people were just about on top of me, negating the social distancing. I reacted by jumping to the other side of the path. They kept walking. I was so perturbed I yelled, “What is wrong with you people!? Keep six feet away from others at all times!” They kept walking, neither acknowledging me or stopping.
Staring in disbelief, I saw a woman within that group look up to one of the men, her face blank and her mouth saying, (yes I can read lips), “What did she say?” What planet are these people from? Not only did they disregard a safe distance between me and they, they didn’t hear what I shouted. Friends, when I shout I’m loud, no two ways about it.
I stood in place, contemplating about going home. I was so bummed and very upset. I saw another group of people behind me approaching the park so I politely stepped to the side so they could pass me keeping a safe distance.
A conversation with myself ensued as I stood still. “Am I going to allow outside circumstances and some really rude people to ruin my precious time I have here today? Do I go home with my tail between my legs and miss out on a chance to get Gifts from Mother? Hell, no!” With that, decision firm, I walked into the park.
I’ll have you know, that day Mother gave me two very special Gifts, which I will show in my next post. If I had turned around and gone home, giving up a potentially good time, I would have missed out on some ducks I’ve been waiting to see. Those you will see soon along with a story. A miracle unfolded while shooting these ducks. Due to the alteration at the start of my hike, my shooting arm and hand were quite shaky. Despite this, more then a few of my images came out crystal clear.
Friends, please keep the social distance. Be respectful of all people. Be aware of who is around you at all times. I’ve met some incredibly beautiful people who go out of their way to maintain social distance and not only that, engage in conversation based on happy topics. Unfortunately, there are always some people who have the potential to ruin your day. Don’t let them!
Photography/ “Warnings And Disrespect” /April 2020©AmyRose
All images watermarked for protection.