Like a lot of you during the Covid pandemic I expect, I’ve limited myself to extremely local environs (my garden, about mile or so of lanes either way from my house) for just under a quarter of a year now. Sounds a long time put like that doesn’t it?
So far, Cornwall has actually been a safe haven but the fear created by national news reports and media had wormed its way into my head. Personal confidence in getting back to enjoying my previous favourite haunts, up on the clifftops or in the woods by the sea, or even on the beach itself, had been completely quashed.
Photography has hardly featured in my mind at all. Sporadic glances at the camera bag in my office here haven’t filled me with any lust for getting out and using the contents when I am worried about accidentally meeting actual other people, previous whereabouts unknown.
In theory, things in the UK are getting better. Personally, with the poor and inept leadership we have had resulting in tens of thousands of deaths (actual figure: nobody really knows–or if they do, no one is really honest enough to tell us officially), I don’t think they actually will be for a long while yet and we may actually see it getting worse again soon.
But I have managed to lift the heavy mental anchor a little and have been out on the clifftops for a walk a couple of times now. I am glad to find that the uninvited and possibly infected hordes that we have recently seen pictures of in the news, devastating and marring previously unspoiled beaches with some sort of locked-in pressure valves released, have not yet decided to share themselves about in my favourite places here after all.
What this is going to be like down here when the more fulsome lockdown release of July is official is anyone’s guess, but hopefully these bits, being miles away from an accessible beach or town either way, will still be relatively unspoiled.
So here are three views of one of my favourite stretches of the coast at Beeny cliffs, just north of Boscastle and looking north, in slightly different styles. Here we can watch Grey Seals and Guillemots below and if we’re lucky, catch sight of hunting Peregrines or Kestrels.
It’s been great to get out and smell, feel and be touched by that sea air again.
Perhaps let me know how you have been coping with, or have even overcome, your own lockdowns in the comments?