Although our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic, many local residents are finding flashes of joy and relief from the news in nature.
Local parks and trails are busy places these days, with families and hikers literally stopping to smell the flowers.
There isn’t more wildlife activity going on out there. But with more people at home, there’s time to see the trees blossom and birds build nests.
The magic of the natural world is nothing new for Sarnia photographer Ronny D’Haene, whose work has been gracing the pages of The Journal for years.
This spring, he’s been recording birds, both residents and the small, migratory types dropping in for a quick snack on their way north.
“I give kudos to the Canatara Park workers for doing an incredible job of keeping the paths open and wide, so people can stay six feet apart,” he said.
However, he’s also encountered birders, drawn by a rarity, congregate in large numbers and too close together.
“It disturbed me so much I stopped going for a time,” he said. “Being a nature photographer, it should be easy to socially distance. You should be doing it anyway.”