Well here we are again. The whole country locked down tight for the third time in less than a year (although, to be honest, the second lockdown was less severe and I didn’t really notice any difference). We’re now back to staying indoors except for essential reasons such as shopping for food / medicines; work (if you can’t do so from home); to provide care (or to escape danger); and for exercise no more than once a day (in your local area).
I gues it will mean my photography is limited once more to things at home, or opportunities I have when out for a walk. I’ve just started Couch-to-5k this week, but at this early stage it’s all I can do to keep running and making photos is the last thing on my mind on those outings. Maybe that will change as I become fitter.
I still have a pretty large archive of images that have never been featured on the blog, so I won’t run out of things to post, but I do think that I might run out of new things to post depending on when, where, and how I am able to get out with a camera. I’ll just have to see what happens, I guess.
I like this time of year for photography. Murky weather can make for very atmospheric shots, and pleasant days are blessed with low-angled sunshine. As the lockdown is set to last until mid-February at least (when the government hopes to have the four highest priority groups of people vaccinated), and probably into March, it looks like I will miss out on these conditions for the most part (or will at least need to get more creative and better inspired by my local area). As for my own vaccination, looking at the numbers of people elligible and where I sit in the priority list (basically just above all the fit and healthy young people who aren’t even included), it will probably be just before Christmas 2021 when I get my own jab!
I do hope that this summer will be less restricted than last at least though. Not because I want to sit on busy crowded beaches or visit touristy hotspots, but just to have the freedon to hop in the car and go somewhere nice for the day. I mean, I’d like that freedom any time of the year, but the summer would do for now.
Hope you are all keeping safe and healthy out there.
I’ll leave you with today’s haiku and another photo from Christmas Eve when I was able to go for walks a little further afield.
On my desk I see
Two green frogs on a keyboard
Are they musical?
Pentax P30T, SMC Pentax 35mm f/3.5 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.
Taken on 24 December 2020
4 thoughts on “Lockdown part III”
Oh man, not again but are we really surprised? Here in France I suspect we’ll be under the third lockdown very soon (with curfew at the moment)…
Hang in there. Good time to go over your image library I guess 🙂
Thanks Yuri. Myself and my family are fit and well, so I shall count that as a blessing. The other restrictions I can live with (although I might moan about it. 🙂 ).
Take care, and I hope any restrictions you get over there are no too disruptive.
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Hope you will keep safe and healthy, as well. I’m very sorry to hear about the tightened restrictions (more sorry about the reasons for them). I’m surprised to hear that you anticipate not getting a vaccination for yourself until December in 2021 although I’m not sure I should be considering the considerable challenges the U.S. has experienced with roll-out of the initial available vaccines, so far. I had been hoping to get vaccinated by early summer but now that seems a little dubious.
Thanks, likewise yourself and your loved ones.
I think there are appox 30 million people to be vaccinated across the 9 prioritised groups (I’m in the 9th group) – these groups don’t include approx 34 million people below the age of fifty without any high-risk conditions. The government are estimating that people in the first four groups (approx 13 million) will have been vaccinated by the middle of february. So far, in the four weeks since the 8 Dec when the first person in the country was vaccinated, there have been approx 1.3 million vaccinations. Unless new processes and the introduction of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine speed things up significanly (which they might – the new vaccine can be stored and transported much more easily, and patients do not need to be monitored for 15 mins after their injection), then getting another 12 million people vaccinated in five or six weeks seems unlikely.
As I don’t have any medical conditions that prioritises me, and as I’m at the younger end of the scale of elligibility, I think I’ll be waiting quite some time for mine.
Things could change though, so I shall keep my fingers crossed.