Honeysuckle Rose

A rose by any other name…

A rose by any other name…

Or, something like that.

We reached a point in the year when first blooms are dying. No worries. New blooms are on the way. This started me think about life cycles. Eventually, I arrived at our pandemic, CoVid 19, as how people are reacting to it or not, as the case may be.

It’s not over. Many states are opening at various dates and times. Crowd or customer limits are also being enacted. Every state, and many cities, have various rules. For example, Louisiana has one set of rules. New Orleans has tougher rules. That is a reaction to us not cancelling Mardi Gras despite not knowing that the virus was a thing.

“People! They’re the worst.” said Jerry Seinfeld.

Apparently, he was right.

Aside from the protests which probably exposed man ypeople to the virus, people have been gathering everywhere not keeping their distance or wearing their masks. At the grocery store where I was seeing about 90% of people masking, it’s dropped down to well below 50%. And, shoppers stand on top of you if they want a particular product.

The restaurants that have opened are seeing two things. Even though they have closed off sections of seating, which seems to work, many patrons are not wearing masks. If a person has to wait for a table, they head straight to the bar and stand next to the closest person that they can find.


New cases are trending upward across the US. Every state that opened early because their leaders don’t believe in science are seeing over 1,000 new cases a day. Florida has so many new cases that the state government will not provide the numbers. That, alone, should tell you something. Meanwhile the rest of the so-called first world countries are trending downward.

There certain protocols that have been accepted by the medical community. They agree that by practicing them religiously, the virus can be tamed somewhat. The main two are wear a mask in public and stay six feet apart.

In many places that isn’t being enforced. Not by owners and not be the local government.

The pandemic will be with us forever. The numbers will dip, rise, dip, surge and on and on. We all have to use our brains, not our emotions. Of course we miss being with other people, we miss doing the things that we used to do, and for many people, travelling or going to work.

We all need to settle down and ride the wave. We can’t set deadlines. The virus does. We need to be careful and stay safe. I did a lot of telephone business this morning. Every call ended with have a nice day and be safe. That was from both of us.

The picture

A rose by any other name… oh, never mind. This picture was made in low light and from the underside of the flower. It is on its last legs. It will be dead in a few days. No worries, I saw a lot of new blooms. I did very little in post production. Nature made the picture, as she often does.

Stay safe. Be mighty. Enjoy every burrito.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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