This year has taken an interesting turn, hasn't it? I started the year feeling so motivated for everything I wanted to accomplish - mostly photography-wise. The New Year always brings those kinds of emotions with it. Of course, as January passed by that motivation slowly dwindled away until I was left with nothing but a vague memory of it ever being there.
And then, as the COVID-19 crisis began growing, the idea of photography became even more distant. How could I go out and shoot with a pandemic circulating the world? Suddenly all priorities were shifted, as Canada shutdown and many other countries went into lockdown.
Surprisingly, however, self-isolating has helped me re-focus on my goals as a photographer. With little else to do but sit at home, it has given me a lot of time to reflect. I've updated my website, taken more photos in the past 3 weeks than I have all year, edited backlog images that have become my new favorite photos, and am in the works of creating a 5-year plan.
But most importantly, I have explored more of the Okanagan than I ever would have otherwise. Without the ability to travel, we are left with little else than to appreciate home. I have experienced more in the Okanagan in the past 3 weeks than I have probably in the last 10 years. At least. And by doing so I have discovered that this place isn't so bad. I always wonder away from home for my explorations. It has truly become a new goal of mine to see more of where I live.
I feel so privileged to live in a part of the world that has so much nature and space. Despite social distancing, we are still able to get out there and explore, as long as we're smart about it and respect the recommended guidelines. I don't want to take where I live for granted anymore. After all, we will probably be spending a lot more time around home for the foreseeable future.
Here are a few images from the last few weeks exploring the Okanagan.