24th January 2021 I have always loved Science. Day 304 since lockdown began in the UK

Snowing over one of our favourite local places to walk. Some conifers on a ‘barrow’ near The Duke’s Drive. I prefer to call it ‘the People’s Drive’.

Science was one of my favourite subjects at school and I followed it up with a science degree. I even taught some science, at least that’s what I said I was teaching, not sure my science department colleagues agreed. As a photographer I am working with light all the time, and the technical side of what is happening when a picture is taken is pretty much all science as well as totally artistic!

Some beautiful houses here in Chester.

I do understand that science does not give us a complete picture of how the universe and people work and that not every scientist agrees with a single interpretation of ‘the facts’, but an approach which is as objective as it can be, based on what is actually known is the best model we have and therefore we need to stick to the principles of ‘good’ science. Politicians have not followed the science, compromised by ideologies they have put first, especially their economic preferences. The irony is that we in the UK do not only have one of the worst deaths rates, one of the more virulent mutations, but also the most depressed economies as a result of the pandemic and also have one of the best developed scientific communities in the world. What I am arguing for is that politicians should simply be following the advice of scientists and worst case scenarios which would have closed borders right at the beginning, got test and trace up and running immediately, quarantined any positive cases in controlled environments whether in hospital or requisitioned hotels and given the NHS any resource it needed.

Sequoia National Park
I like this ‘little and large’ picture a giant sequoia in the background and the smaller pine in the foreground. Not so many people visit in the winter but all very epic for us. Taken in Sequoia National Park four years ago.

‘Quarantine’ is a much stronger than ‘self isolation’, and would have led to much greater control of the virus. In these circumstances governments need to act decisively and governments of unity formed so that it is obvious that we are all in it together.

Took this picture of the Chester Cross 1 mile sign just outside Handbridge.

If only we had really followed the science from the beginning, put people’s health first, made sure everyone was safe and had the resources they needed. Not only not following the science, but a real lack of compassion for so many.

As always, just a few more of my thoughts.

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK

Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

Stay safe.

Welsh Government’s Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships can be found here:

https://gov.wales/guidance-marriages-and-civil… and the frequently asked questions at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…

To read the current Government guidance on getting married in England please follow this link: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

You may also want to read the frequently asked questions sections of the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

  1. Lovely walk in the snow today.
  2. Pie and chips for tea!

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