A Covid Tale and a few more Skippers

Okay, I didn’t mention that I’ve had Covid the last 10 days. It came as quite a surprise. I woke up with a sore throat, felt lousy that first night, and the rapid test confirmed it the next day. Felt like a combined flu and cold with aches and pains, congestion and fatigue my main symptoms. I’m so thankful it wasn’t worse.

I’m feeling much better today and getting bored being housebound. I ran out of the test kits and expect more in the mail today. Once I test negative, I’ll be free to go out again. (I may still go out masked, even if it’s positive, since after 10 days you are not considered to be contagious.)

You may have noticed my blogging has continued throughout my illness. I’m happy it’s kept my mind off things. I’ve been hanging out in the backyard with my camera; the birds and the bees don’t mind.

Yesterday I showed you the little butterflies in my garden, known as skippers.

I took those pictures with my older camera – the Sony RX10; I’ve been using it lately, so I don’t forget how.

But I also took pictures of the skippers with my new camera, the Panasonic Lumix, FZ300 – what a difference a longer zoom makes!

So here they are again – close-up – courtesy of the Lumix.

Cute little buggers, aren’t they?

~ Susanne

40 Comments on “A Covid Tale and a few more Skippers

  1. Glad to hear you were still able to get outside and enjoy your cameras. I’m sure you will be fully-recovered soon.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      • I have had 6 Covid tests since 2020, including three of those lateral flow tests like the one in your photo. Luckily, I was always negative. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m glad to hear it, Pete. I’d never gotten an official test, so I never knew if I was doing the at home test correctly. But when I woke up with a sore throat, I was almost certain it was covid, which I confirmed the next day. I’m thankful Bob hasn’t gotten it; apparently his immune system is better than mine.

    • Honestly I was so surprised to get it after being double boosted! Oh well. I seem to be getting better day by day and will test again when I get more kits in the mail.

  2. My husband just recovered from a very mild case. The dogs and I moved into our guest house the moment he complained of a sore throat and we didn’t catch it. He read that 56% of people never know they have Covid but I can’t imagine how the authors of the article could arrive at that figure. I mean, why would you test if you felt fine? That said, I tested as soon as he got a negative result just to be sure I wasn’t a carrier. Hope you make a full recovery!

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad your husband recovered, and you didn’t get it yourself. I sent my husband to sleep in the basement early on and he hasn’t gotten it. I’m thankful for that. I also wonder about the percentages they quote as I agree with you, why would you be testing if you don’t feel ill?

  3. Sorry you joined the Covid Club, Susanne! I had it once in Fall 2020, then I’m sure again even after vaxxed in January this year. I’m glad you have your own backyard to hang out in and I see you are making the best of it. Covid had become more like a cold as time has gone by and I’m glad that your symptoms are minimal. Take care and see you this Sunday when I come back for Sunday Stills!

    • Thanks, Terri. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a club I was anxious to join but thankfully it hasn’t been too bad. More like a cold and flu combined. I was double boosted so I think I was surprised more than anything. But I was happy to be up and around with my camera and the birds and butterflies were willing to hang out with me! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Those pictures – what a difference. The cute little buggers looked like they were sitting on my screen instead of on the website. Great shots. Covid…I hate to jinx us but my wife and I have both dodged that bullet so far. It sounds like you’ll be fully recovered shortly, and it is great you had the blogging and the photography to keep your mind occupied while you are on the mend. Feel better soon, Susanne.:)

    • Thanks so much! When I posted the pictures yesterday I forgot I was looking at the ones I took with my Sony. The Lumix has a zoom 3 x as long, so yes, what a difference! I hope you and your wife escape covid. So many I know are getting it lately, but I’m happy to report my husband didn’t get it.

  5. Sorry you had Covid, but glad you are feeling better.

  6. Covid sucks, my husband and I had it briefly earlier this year. Thankfully we both work remote but it did suck.

  7. Sorry to hear you got snagged by Covid, but I’m glad it hasn’t been too severe. Those are great photos. Looks like you’re enjoying the Lumix. I might have to upgrade to it since my FZ200 is staring to lose features, the latest being the LCD screen, which is not insignificant!

    • Thanks, Graham. It was a surprise for sure but the worst is over.

      I guess cameras don’t last forever. You’ll enjoy the FZ300 if you upgrade. I still don’t know how to use all the features but I love the zoom!

  8. So sorry to hear you got Covid, I suspect we will all get it eventually. Glad it wasnโ€™t too bad, and that you have now recovered (I read your subsequent post).
    The skipper pictures are gorgeous! I havenโ€™t seen many this summer, everything seems to be out of whack this year.

    • Thank you so much! I was surprised to get it and happy when it was finally over! This variant is so contagious, I hope you don’t get it! – And I’m seeing those skippers everywhere in my garden! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi Suzanne. I noticed you signed up for my blog, and I moseyed on over here. (Sorry about Covidโ€”hopefully, that’s all passed since it looks like this was from a month ago.) This post got my attention because of your photography of the skippers. I’m not a lepidopterist, but my oldest brother is the vice-president of the North American Butterfly Association, and I’ve gone out with him before as he photographs butterflies. He lives in New Jersey, and we’re in northern California, so the geography doesn’t allow for much time with him.

    Anyway, a pleasure to meet you. Nice site!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and following too! I think I’ve seen you on several other blogs I follow and liked your site, too! Cool about your brother, wow! I’d never heard of skippers until I had so many in my garden I decided to look them up and found out they were butterflies. Once I identified them, I started seeing them everywhere. Something about knowing the names of things. You’ll find a hodgepodge on my blog with my cats and travels and nature, especially from the Pacific NW where I live. I hope you enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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