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No. 8, 31st March: The little hawthorn

Those of us in the UK are now a week into lockdown. I hope you're all doing ok and staying strong like this little tree. This is a photo I took in 2017 from the hill above my house. The tree has such an iconic shape that I’ve taken many photos of it over the years in various weather conditions. I like the way it seems balanced rather precariously on the hillside, yet has clearly weathered many storms. It's not easy being sealed off from friends, family and partners. I think what I have been struggling with most is the uncertainty and apparent endlessness of the situation we are in. With time, I’d like to think that it will be possible to accept this state of limbo and adjust to the new pace of life that comes with it, rather than wishing for some far-off future. These are just my thoughts and I'm sure everyone is coping with the situation differently. I hope you can find some comfort in the little things that you are still able to enjoy: music, stories, sunlight - perhaps even a photograph! These are the things I shall be working at to be more appreciative of too.

Technical details: Canon 7D MKII + 18-135mm lens at 37mm; 1/200 sec at f/5.6; ISO 200; with tripod.


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