Extraordinary Scene: Ant Hard at Work by taffy

Extraordinary Scene: Ant Hard at Work

Living in our condo certainly has advantages, but when it comes to self-quarantine, I envy my friends who have homes with gardens, space to be outside. Junko and I decided we'd be safe if we got together at her home, stayed outdoors and socially distanced by 6 feet. I drove up to her place and had 2 1/2 fabulous hours relaxing outside in her garden, photographing "wildlife" and flowers, and then going for a walk in her neighborhood along tree-lined streets. AND, as a plus, I now have a sour dough starter she shared and made my first crumpets this morning!
Nothing extraordinary about this in the Before times, but today, truly fabulous!
@jyokota -- so many fun shots, but decided to go with the ant as a starter as I didn't know which you'd be posting yet.
May 23rd, 2020  
Great idea! You have been so strict in your isolation that I’m sure there isn’t any problem in spending time together, still with the usual precautions. It is good for your photography, but even more for your spirits. Fav
May 23rd, 2020  
Superb focus on that ant...Well done!
May 23rd, 2020  
Yes haw! We truly are learning to appreciate what we’ve taken for granted.
May 23rd, 2020  
Ants and peonies just go together! I'm so glad you got time outdoors! I cannot imagine being cooped up in a condo for days on end! I honestly think I'd have a breakdown. Isn't it good to have friends with shared interests?
May 23rd, 2020  
It WAS fun having you out -- a LIVE visit instead of phone only. and I love your ant macro. Did you like your crumpets?
May 23rd, 2020  
excellent processing and focus on that ant
May 23rd, 2020  
Spending time with friends is the best antidote for these times. Super shot of that tiny ant!
May 23rd, 2020  
Fabulous shot , amazing focus!
May 23rd, 2020  
Sounds perfect
May 23rd, 2020  
nice detail; I am glad we live out in the country
May 23rd, 2020  
So glad you decided on a meet up and it sounds as if a good day was had by all
May 23rd, 2020  
Someone asked me if I was afraid to get together with a small group nowadays - told them no - just smart enough to not push things too soon. There's a difference I believe. And you've done it right. Definitely must have been good for the soul. And got a neat shot, too. We sure have learned to appreciate thing more.
May 23rd, 2020  
@jyokota Loved the crumpets! And can't wait to do it again tomorrow! Thanks for a great morning!
May 23rd, 2020  
@milaniet Exactly! The idea of getting together with anyone not strictly doing self-quarantine would scare me, as I believe we may be slowly opening driven by economics (regardless of anyone's belief about how to and whether to do it), and that doesn't to me mean that the world has suddenly gotten safer re the virus. The slow opening does allow me the choice about socializing safely and carefully. Just have to hope everyone is as cautious as need be.
May 23rd, 2020  
ANTastic shot👌💕
May 23rd, 2020  
Cool shot! I would have a hard time doing sheltering without access to outside.
May 23rd, 2020  
Great shot. Lovely to be able to catch up with Junko again. I caught up with two friends of mine today. The first one is 85 and feeling quite isolated at the moment so as I was passing his house I called in for a chat and the other one was to catch up with my pal who was in our local hospital a few days ago. She is looking much better now.
May 23rd, 2020  
Fabulous shot and great that you were able to catch up with Junko. It must have been wonderful to be able to enjoy each others company after such a long time.
May 23rd, 2020  
Outstanding! Great detail, and it works so well in black and white!
May 23rd, 2020  
Super capture. They love a peony rose, don't they?!
May 23rd, 2020  
Great focus and bnw :)
May 23rd, 2020  
It certainly lifts your spirits to be able to see friends for real, especially if you're outdoors where the virus risk seems to be far lower. Great shot too!
May 23rd, 2020  
How marvellous you had that lovely time with Junko. Nice shot
May 23rd, 2020  
The outside come in! Take care Taffy
May 23rd, 2020  
Great focus on the ant..it sounds, as if you had a wonderful day
May 23rd, 2020  
The ant really pops out.
May 23rd, 2020  
Love it ...
May 23rd, 2020  
Fabulous
May 23rd, 2020  
Such a good thing you and Junko @jyokota met up! I look forward to the fabulous results of the photo safari in her garden.
May 23rd, 2020  
lovely b&w image
May 23rd, 2020  
Great details and dof.
May 23rd, 2020  
Sounds like a restorative day for you and much appreciate. Hurrah for good friends that understand each other. Love the macro with the little ant going about his business - presumably blissfully unaware of all the turmoil going on around.
May 23rd, 2020  
A super Macro shot. Fav!! 😀
May 23rd, 2020  
Great capture
May 23rd, 2020  
ah, thought it must be a peony bud - ours are always covered with ants! such a joy for you and junko to get together in these crazy times. so glad you had fun. fab focus on the worker
May 23rd, 2020  
Wonderful sharp focus on the ant. Even though it is comparatively small in size, it is definitely the focus of the picture. Fav
May 23rd, 2020  
So glad you were able to get out and soak up some vitamin D -very nice macro
May 23rd, 2020  
I like this busy ant on the peony bud a great deal. A sour dough gift- how nice.
May 23rd, 2020  
A wonderful shot with such a fitting title:)
May 23rd, 2020  
Super shot
May 23rd, 2020  
I think starting slow is the way to go- just one friend and whatever you feel comfortable with. In the long run it's the mental health issue that really gets a boost when you can see a friend and share time together. It sounds like you had a great visit all the way around. Good shot! Ants are a lot of fun to watch on Peonies. Apparently this helps the plant- it "tickles" them so they open up.
May 23rd, 2020  
As it gets longer I aGlad you got fresh air and company
May 24th, 2020  
Fabulous close up! I feel so sorry for those who need to quarantine in cities!
May 24th, 2020  
Wow... an instant fav!
May 24th, 2020  
Ahh! The ubiquitous ant on peony! Interesting in back and white. So glad you got a chance to visit and also about your sourdough. I’m kind of obsessed.
May 25th, 2020  
@vankrey Junko shared some photos. I'd love the recipe for the chocolate/dried cherry one. I haven't done bread yet -- only crumpets as I don't have much discard accumulating yet. It's a great starter, though with terrific texture and taste, so looking forward to bigger things!
May 25th, 2020  
You're so correct about appreciating those things to which we haven't had access of late! I love seeing this as I won't have my summer garden and miss most, the ants on peonies, and a bumper crop of rhubarb!
May 25th, 2020  
Wonderful detail! I love that you could have such a fun and safe meet-up with Junko! We must all take care in this new normal! I will be going home in two weeks time from this safe bubble we have been living in. I am nervous but looking forward to seeing our house again and also catching up with family and friends- safely at a distance of course!
May 29th, 2020  
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