4 April 2020 - Relaxing hike through the neighborhood

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That was a nice day. The air was transparent, the sky clear, and the COVID pandemic was kicking into high gear.

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On the right is a stack of firewood that if I remember right is, or at least was, available for free.

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Pandemic get-up.
It was only later that we learned that masking up outside was in all likelihood pretty much useless as actual transmission of the virus is not highly likely outdoors.

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Sunny out, hardly any people in sight.

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Services likely cancelled due to the shutdown of society.

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Dog enjoying a car ride

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Wildlife sanctuary coming right up to the road

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Communication antenna tower

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Local car dealership
They have a weird collection of vehicles there - some antiques, some used modern ones.

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Most businesses seemed to be closed, likely due to the lockdown.
The petrol station was open.

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Parking lot of the wildlife sanctuary.
Access to the parking lot was closed - you could not drive into it and officially weren't allowed to go in, best I could tell. Naturally, I went in anyways.

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The signage there is quite good.

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Felled by a storm that had caused a lot of damage to the neighborhood a year or so prior, if I remember right.

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Quiet lake on a quiet day

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Sun blinding us with light
Some research also indicates that the UV component in the sunlight denatures and deactivates coronavirus which is part of what makes outdoor transmission of COVID-19 unlikely.

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Tree waiting to be subsumed by the ecosystem.

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Parking lot entrance closed. Officially, you were not even allowed to visit this sanctuary.

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Trees were still bare.

Additional reading

Risk of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 small, experts say, but safety measures must be followed
Sabrina Jonas, CBC News, 10 April 2021

Light Kills Coronavirus. Here’s How It Could Help Beat Covid-19
JV Chamary, Forbes, 29 June 2020

Originally published here on 7 May 2021.

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