Supermoon at Cape Henlopen State Park. This was one of my last photo adventures before the quarantine set in. It’s crazy to me how quickly something like this quarantine can feel relatively “normal”, or at least routine-working from home, not going anywhere, FaceTiming people instead of seeing them. I feel like my thoughts are constantly switching between enjoying the free time and wanting to do things. _____ Today I did a photoshoot with my cat (which did not go well haha) and bought ingredients to make soup, something I’ve never made before. _____ How’s the quarantine life treating you?
Cherry blossoms 🌸 I recently learned that they symbolize spring and the fleeting nature of life because the blossoms last for such a short amount of time, just 2 weeks. Every year I see the cherry trees in Delaware and (usually) Washington DC. I always look forward to them because when they bloom, I know it’s spring and they remind me to be present and enjoy the moment. ____ Alternate caption: I took this photo with a 16mm lens and I love the wide angle effect. _____ Alternate alternate caption. Today’s @destateparks video was about the cherry trees in Wilmington, and I filmed and edited it so go check it out. 😁
Social media never stops. Even in a global pandemic. _____ Although all Delaware State Parks are still open, all programs and special events have been canceled through May 15. So now social media is more important than ever because it’s basically the only way for the state parks to deliver education about Delaware’s natural resources. _____ In my job as marketing director for @destateparks, I feel like I talk all the time about how social media and marketing is a powerful tool to lead people to meaningful outdoor experiences. And now social media/digital media is our only way to do that!! Ha! _____ For the last few weeks, the entire marketing department at @destateparks has been working really hard to put out new educational content every day on the state parks social media pages. As part of this initiative, we started a new video series where a new video is released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am on the @destateparks Facebook and Instagram. _____ So if you don’t already, go follow @destateparks. We’re all working really hard to keep the parks open and give you fun, educational content. And a new video drops tomorrow at 11am!
Travel photo for ya today. This is the Saskatchewan Glacier in Banff National Park in Alberta Canada. You know how you hear about landscapes being carved by giant glaciers millions of years ago? This glacier is literally carving one of those landscapes right now. It was surreal to see geology in real life.
A positive thing for me from this quarantine situation: I’ve been hiking trails I don’t normally hike and noticing things I don’t usually notice. _____ Recently I’ve been finding a lot of joy hiking trails in the state parks that I don’t hike very often. I have time now, and it’s nice to walk the trails with no agenda and no time I have to be done. These trails don’t have mountains or grand overlooks, and I don’t do them very often because they’re ya know, not very exciting. But I don’t have to just go on “exciting” hikes. These trails are beautiful, and I’ve found myself noticing things I usually rush right by. Like the way the sun created these super cool shadows yesterday at Lums Pond State Park.
Guys...GUYS. Can we just take a second to appreciate how beautiful Delaware is? 🌸 _____ The cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at Brandywine Park in Wilmington AND the Josephine Fountain is open again! I was at the park for work today, and I was so blown away by how pretty everything was. _____ I have never seen this fountain. It has been under repair/restoration for YEARS. Literally since before I moved to Delaware. But now the fountain is finally repaired and it’s such a beautiful centerpiece of Brandywine Park, which is right in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware (the state’s biggest city). 🌸🌸🌸 If you can do so with social distancing, go see this park right now. And if not now, then definitely go when this whole pandemic has passed.
I’ve decided to work on my iPad illustration skills during quarantine. I’ve drawn nothing but horseshoe crabs so far. I can literally draw them for days, and I have so many more horseshoe crab-related illustration ideas 😂 _____ Swipe to see my progress over the past few days, and a time lapse of me trying and failing at a bunch of different brush techniques before finding the one I wanted. _____ Are you trying anything new during quarantine? Tell me what you’re doing!
*Social distancing mood* _____ I feel like this is weird to say, but part of me is enjoying the social distancing and stay at home order. I am usually so busy, and it’s honestly been nice for me to have unscheduled free time to relax, work on projects I’ve never gotten to, learn new things, take walks, and just have days with no set agenda. _____ I realize I’m privileged to say this. Don’t get me wrong. This pandemic is hard and scary and devastating to businesses and people. Heck, I’ve had to cancel 3 trips and my wedding photography clients have had to move weddings and sessions. BUT I think this time is also a gift. And I’m trying to use it well.
Finding joy in the small things during this crazy time. _____ I went on a walk today and stopped to watch the ripples in the water. Usually I wouldn’t pay much attention to ripples, but I had the time to stop and look today. I love how the sunlight created patterns and shapes in the water. ____ Things are crazy right now. Delaware just declared a stay-at-home order. But there is still beauty all around us.