Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Walktober in times of covid


Part of our back yard showing up in fall colors.

I look forward to Robin’s Walktober all year. She has hosted it for many years, a period of time in October where we all go for a walk, take a few (or a lot) of pictures, and share the walk with all of you by linking back to her blog. She’ll gather all our walks and present them in a compliation near the end of the month.

Color in the trees dances with the clouds.

I had a lot of plans for this year’s walk. I’ve been thinking about it for months. There are a couple of bird sanctuaries I haven’t visited that I considered exploring. There’s a hilly park closer to home that I think is photogenic no matter the season that I could share.

Light plays in the dying maple leaves.

Our weather has been beautiful, sunny sky, trees bursting with color. Perfect for a Walktober. I just had to decide which direction to take you.

Bitersweet – summerizes how I feel about this fall.

And then covid.

Shortly after Katie did her Walktober covid invaded our house and now we’re isolating at home. My isolation will be up October 18, and though I know Robin would give me a few more days, I don’t know if I’ll be up to tromping up and down hills even then.

The pond across the road provides any number of photographic opportunities.

So this year, reluctantly, my Walktober has been around my own back yard. Katie says I shouldn’t feel sad, that we have a very pretty back yard, and she’s right.

Our yard is beautiful, especially when I’m in it!

Still, the adventurer in me wishes I could get up early some morning and drive across the state to somewhere not seen before. Wishes I could walk new paths, shoot new vistas, breathe free.

The oaks are beginning to glow.

So far the symptoms my husband and I are experiencing are mild, and we hope they stay that way. The hardest part, for me, is the staying at home part. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only two weeks.

Last bit of summer hangs on for a few more days.

So, I hope you enjoyed the images in this post of my official Walktober meander through my back yard. And I hope each of you can go for a walk and share it with us too! Just link to Robin’s blog, we look forward to seeing another part of the world.

Royal color welcomes fall.

Especially since we can’t go there in person.

The view from our deck.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

42 thoughts on “Walktober in times of covid

  1. Dawn–I hope you and your husband continue with only mild Covid symptoms. Your photos are beautiful. I remember you saying that your neighborhood does not allow fences, but how far back does your yard go? It looks huge!


  2. The quarantine is as hard as the worry for you! Wishing you and Mr. Dawn a complications-free speedy isolation.
    Your photos are amazing! The colors explode at us! Than you.


  3. I am sorry to hear that covid got you and your husband. 😦 I hope the symptoms continue to be mild, that you recover quickly, and that you’ll be up to roaming around again as soon as your quarantine time is completed.

    Your yard is beautiful, your images are beautiful (especially Katie, of course!), and I think this is such a great Walktober contribution. So often we think we need to travel somewhere to find the beauty of autumn (or any season) when it exists right under our own feet. Or nearby. Thank you, Dawn, for all the beauty you bring us throughout the seasons and for your participation in what used to be a little event. 🙂


  4. Marlee and I are so sorry to hear that you and your husband are suffering from Covid. and send sincere wishes for both of you to be well soon. Your photos are, as always, so vivid and breathtakingly beautiful. And Katie is right, you have have a beautiful back yard. Katie’s beauty is an added bonus. 😀


  5. I hope you and your husband are right as rain soon! Your back yard is lovely…hi to Katie! 🙂 Take Care!


  6. Dawn, your back yard is stunning — what a lucky princess Katie is to have such a place to play! I’m sorry you and the hubs got COVID, but I pray you’ll both heal soon with no complications. I know you’ve been looking forward to Walktober, and I know you feel bummed you didn’t get to explore the way you’d like to, but hey — I think you did a great job considering everything. Rest easy, and get well soon!


  7. Oh Dawn I am so sorry to hear! Sending you well wishes my friend. Hoping your symptoms remain mild. Your backyard is absolutely gorgeous. Your pictures gave me that feel of fall that I need.
    Take care of yourselves my friend!


  8. Oh, my gosh! May the symptoms stay mild. I hope recovery is swift and complete. Keep us posted!


  9. Dawn, I have been wondering every day if your test came back positive. Glad both of you have light symptoms—May they stay that way. Do you have to isolate from each other or can you be together now? As for your backyard Walktober, sometimes there are untold treasures in our backyard. Slowing down can allow us to see the ordinary with new ways. I loved seeing your backyard! I know it must be hard to feel the reigning in, though. 💗


  10. Maybe you could start something like “Walkcember” to get people out in the winter.

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  11. I hope you test clear of Covid soon and that your symptoms continue to be mild. Thank goodness for your big back yard and Katie.


  12. I’m sorry to learn about your covid-19 quarantine. That is just lousy, but I hope you aren’t feeling too low. I like your walk through your back yard. A walk always cheers my spirits. Take care, huh?


  13. Oh, my, bummer that you collected some COVID germs. I also hope that it stays mild, and Katie is right that you have a beautiful place to quarantine in. Thanks for sharing that beauty. Again!


  14. What a nice back yard delight!


  15. I hope you are both feeling better and on the mend. Soon enough you will be back out there photographing the world around you.


  16. Dawn– so sorry to hear Covid has invaded you, how disappointed you must feel. Thankfully, your symptoms are mild and hopefully come Sunday, you’ll be out of the woods (or able to go into them physically!) Fingers crossed for you.
    At least you have a pretty yard and Princess Katie to keep you company. Fabulous hydrangea blooms, do you ever dry them for indoor arrangements?


  17. Love the picture of the bittersweet. So sorry about your brush with COVID-19 and thank goodness your symptoms were mild. You were lucky to have such a lovely yard so you could catch a little glimpse of autumn. I love that bird in your header image!


    • Thank you. We WERE very lucky, and my yard is very beautiful in every season, so that worked out too. The bird in my header is a Mrs. Cardinal, and she was sitting up on that hook staring in at me while I was on the phone. I grabbed the camera that happened to be sitting next to me and shot the image with one hand while continuing my conversation on the phone. When I saw it on a bigger screen I was thrilled. She is simply beautiful.


  18. I’m so far behind you must be up to part by now (I sincerely hope so). With a backyard like yours, I would not fret. Such beautiful pictures, Dawn! But I do understand the desire to go outside of your own “four walls” so to speak. That antsy feeling. Thank you for sharing your beautiful yard.


    • Thank you Dale. Yes, we are 100% back to normal now. We never got really sick and if we hadn’t had the test results we would have thought we just had a cold, or a bit of the flu. We’re not totally confident that we are immune at this point, mostly because people have different opinions on this, and because our symptoms were so mild, so we’re still tryng to play it safe.

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