The Changing Seasons, May 2021
May seems to have been my flower month. The feeders are down, so there are no new birds and I miss them. But it’s May which is the peak month for flowers in North America. The flowers are also why Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day, as in “Decoration with flowers” day) is at the end of May. That’s when all the flowers are up and everyone could bring flowers to the graves of Veterans.
We haven’t done much of anything. We don’t have to wear masks at the grocery store and restaurants — what few remain — are open. COVID is more or less over in Massachusetts.
I don’t know what the situation is elsewhere, but it has gotten pretty quiet around here. Hospitals are allowing guests. I think the only place where they aren’t allowing guests is our veterinarian. I’m not sure why, but hey, okay. Whatever.
Otherwise, life has been pretty quiet. I’ve been pretty quiet too. Writing less, photographing more. Thinking that after 11,500 posts, I’ve said everything I wanted to say at least once and probably two or three times. Maybe more.
Whether or not I am writing, photography has been wonderful. Birds and flowers have kept me from going wacko during the long, long, LONG lockdown.
The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently — though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.
For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different.
Others focus on documenting the changes in a particular project — such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.
But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.
There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number — just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.
Categories: #ChangingSeasons, #Flowers, #gallery, #Photography, Blackstone Valley
Lovely series of images! I particularly like how you’ve captured all the orchids (especially the white ones) – they look so mysterious and fragile.
So nice to see your flowers just as most of ours are ending. Thank goodness for camellias — without them my neighbourhood would look very bare
MAGNIFICENT FLOWERS! IT’S GREAT THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WEAR MASKS ANYMORE. HERE, IT’S STILL A GOOD IDEA ALTHOUGH MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING WITHOUT ONE, EVEN THOUGH THE VIRUS IS STILL ACTIVE IN OUR AREA. WITH SOME PEOPLE, WE CAN SIT OUTSIDE IN OUR PATIO AND EAT AN TALK WITHOUT MASKS. WHEN WE DO GO ANYWHERE IT IS TO A DOCTOR. AS SOON AS WE ARRIVE, THEY TAKE OUR TEMPERATURE AN SPRAY OUR HANDS WITH DISINFECTANT.i STILL ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAY WE CAN GET RID OF THE MASKS.
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Massachusetts — overall — has been very compliant about getting vaccinated and masking. Once the vaccines became more available, everyone got vaccinated, one way or the other. The people for whom it was hardest were people in areas like this where there is no public transportation and vaccination sites were many miles away.
Now we are all wondering when we are going to need another vaccination. I figure this is going to be like the flu — a new vaccine every year. Maybe they can give one huge supershot for flu and COVID?
Oddly enough, even though masks are no longer required, a lot of people are wearing them anyway. I think they noticed that not only did mask-wearing prevent COVID, it also prevented colds and flu and pretty much all the stuff we normally pick up. An interesting and informative years we have had!
Patricia, I also look forward to mask less days again. As of this moment, I’m not sure whether I’ll continue wearing a mask at our supermarket. So many people, etc. I’m officially vaxxed so I should be okay. Yes?
I may be overly cautious because I’m not sure who has be vaccinated and who has not, so I err on the side of caution and wear one. I’m at a dangerous age to get infected.
We all are. One of the things I noticed this year is that with masks, we didn’t get sick at all. Not so much as a cold. It gives one pause for thought.
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From now until sometime in July, everything is blooming. After that, it all goes to seed. But for now, it is beautiful and I’m still hoping the daylilies get it together and bloom. They are looking better, but these last very cold days put a damper on growth, so we shall see.
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Enjoy them as long as they last.
The past few days and today have been a killjoy to the burst of sunny, mild days we’ve just had. But it’s also, I think, put a dent in the humidity and pollen that bedeviled us. So, maybe less complaints from me and just add a layer or two of clothing. It’s just New England weather not the invasion of the body snatchers. Right? Right?