Two days ago, New York State law was changed making it mandatory everyone must wear a mask while outdoors. Of all the idiotic things to mandate! Well, evidently some doctors spoke up immediately stating how unhealthy it is to wear a mask for people who run. That very same day at about 8pm, the law was changed back to what it had been. As long as social distancing is maintained no mask is needed.
Regardless of any law, I decided no one will force me to wear a mask especially when carrying about 17 pounds of equipment and handling a very heavy long lens. Throw in the fact I have asthma. No. No. And no! I need to be able to breathe, darn it! Besides, fresh air is so good for me!
When yesterday dawned it came with sunshine. Since I haven’t been to my fav place in way too long, that day I was going! As I was driving on the way there, shockingly I saw people in their cars wearing masks. Are you serious? Is the virus just gonna be sucked into the air ducts and get ya?
Then, at the start of my hike three girls who I’d say were about 18 or so, belligerently yelled at me because I was not wearing a mask. Not willing to accept disrespect, I stated strongly in a no-nonsense voice, “The virus is not just gonna jump on me from out of the clear blue sky!” They smart-mouthed back with, “We’ll have to check with a scientist about that!” I laughed so hard! When I could catch my breath I said, “I am a scientist!”
Not 30 seconds later one of these girls took off her mask. Where I ask is common sense and where I ask is the intelligence to know how one actually gets a virus? Is this a case of the blind leading the blind? Pretty scary as well that one minute this young girl believed she was in danger and had to wear a mask but then when I told her what I did, she changed her mind. Huh.
I was having so much fun, my feet barely touching the ground, that this incident was easily forgotten. No biggie. No one was going to ruin my day!
Later that same day floating in bliss, two separate women with young families glared at me so evilly, I should be dead right now. Why? I wasn’t wearing a mask. I smiled and actually waved, saying, “Have a nice day!”
Call me a wise-ass but I will not bow to fear!
However I have GOOD news! The majority of people yesterday I found to be exceedingly pleasant, willing to talk and laugh, and avidly interested in the birds I saw. I met a lot of photographers and birders, who I sent where I saw Cedar Waxwings. Those pictures to come. (smile) Most of the people milling about did not wear masks. Thank goodness some are THINKING and who know that you cannot get a virus from the thin blue air!
Enough out of me and onward to my show for today. Are you ready? Let’s have the birds show you what it is like when we live in love without fear at all.
Two Much better pictures of the Plied-billed Grebe. This water-fowl bird is looking directly at me!
Yellow-rumped Warbler looking at me.
American Robin looking directly at me.
Canadian Goose in the Love Pond.
Let the Red-tail Hawk show you how to fly high in freedom .
Smile, be happy, and if you haven’t yet, start questioning everything. We all are born with common sense. Are you using yours?
Photography/ “Common Sense” /April 2020©AmyRose Photography
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