A photographic look back at 2020 from my view of the road. The Pandemic. The lost year. A year to remember. A year to forget.
Like everyone else in the world, we began this past year with high hopes and anticipation, only to be smacked in the head by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s a quick look back at each month of this past year. For me, my memories of the past are often related to the photographs I took. I don’t want to bore you with too many home photos, as they are my memories, not yours, but home life has been the forefront of my existence since March.
As the 2020 new year began, life was fairly normal here in Denver. I started the year off on a sad note when my dear friend Merlin passed away on December 29th, 2019. He has remained in my thoughts throughout the year and as I approach the first anniversary of his death, a little sadness returns to my heart. Merlin my friend. I miss your company and the many good times we had together. I’m glad you left this earth peacefully and did not have to contend with this pandemic and all the associated nonsense.
But, life is for the living. We started our year on a happy note spending time with the grandchildren, playing in the yard, them telling us about their days at school, their happiness and love is infectious.
I entered my first full year of official retirement in 2020. I didn’t stop taking photographs though. I’ll take photos on my death bed if I can lift the camera.
Avoiding my death bed was the primary goal of 2020. Health issues and age have conspired to make me a high risk individual if I were to contract COVID, so once the pandemic started, my family went into hunker down mode and I seriously isolated myself from group settings.
As for my photographic pursuits, I’ve tried to stay active. Though I cancelled several scheduled photography trips, I managed to produce enough wildlife stock photographs to keep the catalogs up to date and also managed to do some day trips with a couple of friends using separate vehicles. A big thank you goes out to Jim Esten, my photo buddy for most of the year. We were able to work together in Monte Vista, North Park, CO, Garden of the Gods, and even some bighorn sheep. Two birds in different cages, we didn’t let it stop us.
We also shared our home with our neighbors from Red Feathers, Randy and Lisa, to give them a place to stay while Randy recovered from neck surgery. A welcome break to have friends in the house, hunkering down together with laughs and friendship. Randy has since recovered from his harrowing ordeal and both are doing fine back in the Village, hunkering down in the high country.
Trudy had a nightly tradition with the grand-kids where they would Facetime her and read her stories in the evenings to help keep up their reading skills while out of school for an extended period.
As for the pandemic. I haven’t eaten at a restaurant since March. I wear my mask when I go out in public. I’ve worked alone for the most part when out for photography and Trudy, her mother and I have been doing just fine sticking to the plan. So far, so good. My house has remained virus free and we are ending the year intact as a family and with no serious health issues to contend with. For that, I am thankful.
So, here it is. My year in a few oddball photographs. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da. Life goes on.