Tag: ORCA

  • Day Thirty-One of ORCA in Switzerland — Plenty of Dust

    Day Thirty-One of ORCA in Switzerland — Plenty of Dust

    You build up plenty of dust as you plow the fields at the moment. The drought continues, as does the desire for this pandemic to be over. For now, the downward trend continues so we could feel optimistic. I’m still optimistic than in two or three weeks recycling centres will go back to normal. At […]

  • Day Twenty-eight of ORCA in Switzerland – A Photo Walk

    Day Twenty-eight of ORCA in Switzerland – A Photo Walk

    Today I went on a photo walk. Since walking far is now out of the question if you want to be consistently socially distanced it makes sense to go out with a different purpose. When the purpose of the walk is to take photos you can afford to walk up a hill, or between two […]

  • Day Twenty-Six of ORCA in Switzerland – Playing With 360 Video

    Day Twenty-Six of ORCA in Switzerland – Playing With 360 Video

    It’s Day 26 and today I was playing with 360 video. Specifically I went for a walk in the woods and placed the camera ahead of me to provide people with the opportunity to look around. Doing this is a risky strategy during the pandemic because if you cross paths with anyone there is nowhere […]

  • Day Twenty-Four of ORCA in Switzerland – The Smell of Colza

    Day Twenty-Four of ORCA in Switzerland – The Smell of Colza

    Today I walked along roads that would be filled with non-stop traffic if we weren’t in a pandemic. As a result I could enjoy almost the entire walk without avoiding people. In the process I passed by colza fields, an open garden centre and more. The image above is of a colza field, looking towards […]

  • Day Twenty-Three of ORCA in Switzerland – The Chernobyl Fire

    Day Twenty-Three of ORCA in Switzerland – The Chernobyl Fire

    In normal times a forest fire in the Chernobyl exlusion zone would attract attention and environmentalists would actively speak about it. The world would pay attention. Due to the pandemic the news story is low on the agenda. I mentioned that a coffee shop and a pet shop had reopened on Monday and this morning […]

  • Day Nineteen of ORCA in Switzerland –  TGIF

    Day Nineteen of ORCA in Switzerland – TGIF

    Do you have that TGIF feeling like no one else does? In theory today is the day when people are happy, knowing that the weekend is about to start and they can do the things they love for the next two days. In this context though, that is unlikely. We’re meant to stay home. This […]

  • Day Seventeen of ORCA in Switzerland – April Fool’s During Self Isolation

    Day Seventeen of ORCA in Switzerland – April Fool’s During Self Isolation

    April Fool’s during self isolation is not fun. People made jokes about how our freedoms would be limited even further. In ordinary situations those jokes would be detected but because we have the freedom to get food, go for walks, and sit at home we have no other rewards as such. One of the jokes […]

  • Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

    Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

    I was writing a Facebook post when I thought of the term Pandemic Solitude and I love it so much that I wanted to use it as a title for today’s blog post. For most people during the pandemic the order is, stay with the people you live with but avoid being close to others. […]

  • Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

    Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

    Now that we’re in week 5 of self-isolation and Day fifteen of ORCA I am getting pandemic fatigue. As it’s Monday I could make the effort of going to the shops to get fresh food rather than deplete the reserves I have but my motivation is not there. It has come cold and windy and […]

  • Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

    Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

    Today I’m getting to grips with the new normal. The new normal is queuing like people did before self-checkout and other technology. We also need to queue to get into shops and you either need to take a trolley or a shopping bag if you want to buy things. No more baskets as they are […]