Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance

This week, Tina invites us to join the distance theme.

“Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.”

Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H. , senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins. More important information.

For this challenge, I borrow a couple comments from my blog friends, and I also want to share a story with you.

In his “River Runs Through It, Ken says,”Here is to hoping that the river of our inspiration continues to bring our virtual community together in these troubled times, and remind us of that which is common, that which we share, and what we can continue to do for one another. To bridge the differences and to see those rivers not as things which separate us, but as the the flow that brings us a varied life.  —Ken (Pictures without Film)

“Let’s take some lessons from them today. Be the bear in this fight. Find happiness in solo pursuits and, if you’re safe at home with a partner, stay connected and united. And stay away from everyone for a few weeks. Bears do it for a whole season and so can we, especially with gadgets and technology to still bring us together.”  — Kelly (Daily Dose of Beauty)

We all are waiting breathe a sigh of relief. I’m grateful for the connection in the blogosphere. Those bright hi-tech people work diligently to ensure the technology networks working without failing.

A friend of mine forwarded me a long message. I shortened it:

Truckers drive days to get supplies to stores; one trucker said, “there will always be another trucker coming…”. Store workers are stocking shelves all night. Restaurants want to feed kids who’s parents need help. Crafters sew masks and caps for nurses and home health care. Young people offer help to seniors. Police, firefighters, and Military stand strong and continue to protect us. Our doctors, nurses, and medical staff put themselves at risk to help the infected.

A week or so ago, when I was walking in the park, from a distance I saw a person lying on the ground and two young men standing by the person with a distance, one of them was calling 911. Soon a biker stopped by and said, “I am going to meet the ambulance at the parking lot and bring them here.” He rushed to that direction. The rest of us followed the rule to keep a distance. Minutes later the ambulance came, they quickly loaded the patient to the ambulance. At that moment, I overheard these young men giving phone numbers, somehow, I managed to put it on my iPhone.

The scene kept playing in my mind after I got home. Without any hesitation, I purchased two amazon e-gift cards and sent to them anonymously and to thank each for being a caring citizen in such a difficult time. One responded that he was so thankful for the card since he lost two jobs a few days ago. The other replied that he would “accept the card only it does not hurt you financially by doing it”.

Keeping distance during this difficult time, people still find ways to help strangers who need help. These two young men did. The other day, I heard on our local TV News that people in our local food bank working hard to serve hot lunch outdoor under the sun everyday to unemployed people in town.

Through your photos and stories, we all have enjoyed these beautiful rivers running through majestic mountains, landscapes, cities, and special places close to where you are and to your heart. Thank you!

Tina invites to join the Distance theme, “These days, everyone’s talking about and hopefully practicing “Social Distancing”. Since it’s something we should all be doing, we thought a challenge focused on DISTANCE might be an appropriate reminder of its importance.” Make sure to link to Tina’s original site and to use the Lens-Artists TAG.

Join us next week for Patti’s Challenge #91. Stay safe and stay calm. 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

river is a large, natural stream of flowing water. Rivers are found on every continent and on nearly every kind of land.

National Georgraphic

Some of you may notice that the theme title for this week is borrowed from “A River Runs Through it” by Norman Maclean. I’ve included a number of quotes from Maclean’s novel throughout today’s post.

“The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.”

The Bow river runs through Banff:

“On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

A river runs through a village of Estes Park, Colorado:

“Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect”

The Nile runs through several countries. The northern section of the river runs almost entirely through the Sudanese desert to Egypt, and flows into the Mediterranean Sea. 

Fishing in on Nile:

See how ancient Egyptians fished (approx. 4,000 years ago).

Watching the sun setting on the Nile was an unforgettable experience:

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”  — Norman Maclean

I would like to use part of the Fountain of the Four Rivers story here, which I published some years ago, to close this theme. This statue stands in the center of the Piazza Navona in Rome, it is Bernini’s largest and most celebrated work (1648 to 1651). This giant figures symbolize four greatest rivers: the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata.

The figure symbolizing the Nile River has some additional meaning to it. Some said that it indicated the source of the Nile was then unknown (at least by Europeans). Many others believed that Bernini disapproved of the church building in the piazza. So, he deliberately covered the Nile figure (right side) and the other three seemed to turn away from the church in disgust.

Special thanks to Patti (pilotfishblog) for her wise words and insights. In her Chaos post, Patti said, “… It reveals our limitations, our misconceptions, our hubris.  It is humbling and often terrifying.  But from this place, we learn new truths which can serve us and future generations.” She also emphasizes, “It’s critically important that we listen….not to the rumors, not to the politicians, but the scientists and our wisest citizens.” Click here to visit Patti’s site for more.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her inspiring Chaos theme. Have you seen these?

Nes Felicio Photograph: Praying for Order Out of Chaos

Laura (poetrypix.com) uses slow shutter speed to express chaos. Welcome to LAPC!

Rusa (Oh, the Places We See . . .) takes us to Hanoi.

Ann-Christine, Patti, Tina, and I look forward to seeing your photos of rivers running down mountains, through valleys, along plains where you are or you have traveled, and we also love to read your stories. Be sure to link your post here, use the original post link (NOT from the WP Reader) and to add the Lens-Artists TAG so that we can more easily find you. For your convenience, here is the URL for my original post https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/river/

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) LAPC #90 on March 28th. 

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