Is it just coincidence, or are there more Spring wildflowers around this year as a result of lower traffic pollution caused by Covid-19 lockdown? We’ve had some beautiful weather this Spring – indeed some days it’s felt like mid-summer, and being somewhat restricted from going very far we have had some lovely walks arounds the lanes and fields near home. What we have noticed is a profusion of wildflowers – not just the usual dandelions, buttercups and daisies, but more wildflowers than I’ve ever taken notice of before. Maybe they have indeed flourished as a result of lower pollution, or perhaps it’s just that with our horizons somewhat diminished just now, we are more attuned to what we see?
Anyway, on our walk a couple of days ago, although the bluebells have pretty much finished, we saw upwards of a dozen other wildflowers in the space of an hour or so. Surely there are many more too, but these are just some of the ones we spotted and I photographed.
It’s only been three weeks since my last post, but how the world has changed in that time! We had not long returned from a vacation in Gran Canaria, and although the effects of Coronavirus were starting to be felt in the UK, our life hadn’t changed that much.
Roll forward three weeks and the whole country is pretty much in lockdown – hundreds already dead, pubs and restaurants closed, people working from home wherever possible, difficulties getting even basic shopping, and our fabulous NHS almost overwhelmed by the spread of the epidemic.
All plans for vacations and trips out are off the agenda for who knows how long, and we are pretty much restricted to home, other than for taking exercise. Even then we have to maintain a minimum 2m (6ft) from anyone who isn’t living with us, to avoid possible spread.
We are fortunate that we live in the country, so at least we can get out on our daily walks without fear of encountering too many other folks, and this is as far as my photography is going to go.
Beautiful Spring weather just now, so here’s a photo from our walk yesterday – not another soul in sight…