Springtime at Home
Greetings to all from a stormy and isolated Palouse! Unsurprisingly, I haven’t been getting out much. My neighbor’s woodshed, pictured above, is about as far as I’ve gone for a week. But we’ve got a cozy home and I’ve been a stay-at-home dad for years now, so this is not a huge change for me. I’d like to be getting out, but I’m pretty happy lying low, keeping my family fed and snuggling with my cats for now.
There’s been a lot of talk in the photo community of how this is a great time to edit images, learn new things and tackle projects. Perhaps, and if that works for you, congratulations and best wishes. But I do feel the need to point out that such things may not make sense for everyone. This is a crazy time, and for many of us, just keeping the wheels on is an accomplishment, especially if there are children in the mix. I hope no one feels guilty or inadequate at seeing all the wonderful suggestions and work floating around out there while feeling they don’t have time or energy for such things. With my son home, I actually have little spare time or creative energy right now and I don’t feel very ambitious about photo projects at the moment. It’s okay to hibernate right now!
That said, I did feel moved last week to start a new project. Lots of my friends have had homeschooling thrust upon them, so I was inspired to start posting some classical music resources for people stuck at home. I’m not a trained musicologist, I’m just a guy who really likes classical and opera and thinks about it a lot. My goal was to share some pieces most people probably aren’t familiar with and offer some food for thought, without making anything too ambitious or committing. If this sounds useful or fun to you, please head on over to Home with the Orchestra and check it out! This week, I’m doing a series on music inspired by birdsong.
If there’s anything the universe has been trying to teach me lately, it’s that nature does not mean the same thing as wilderness. Like many folks, I miss my wilderness access quite a bit right now, but nature is still here and still inspiring. I hope all my readers have some glimpses of it wherever you are. I remain grateful to see the spring and the sky.