by Robert Fear

If anyone had told me at the start of the year what was going to happen in 2020, I would have thought they were crazy.

Over the past few weeks, I have learned to cope with this new reality. The initial feelings of anxiety and fear subsided, and my views changed as I became more sensitive to others and aware of how fragile our society is.

We are among the lucky ones. Although work from my day job has evaporated, my wife and I live in a comfortable house, our three cats keep us company, and we have enough money to last through this crisis. As a bonus, the weather has been warm and sunny for the daily exercise walks we are allowed to take.

When the lockdown was implemented, my thoughts turned to those less fortunate. Older people unable to leave home, those suffering from grief and depression, and residents of countries with even stricter lockdowns. I thought about how I might share my experiences on social media, to give motivation and bring a smile to the faces of those within my reach.

Living where we do in Eastbourne, on the south-east coast of England, we have many beautiful spots close to our home. There are several parks filled with trees, plants, grassland and lakes. Not far away is a farm track that winds through fields where horses, sheep and cattle graze. Birds sing as though nothing is wrong with the world. Then there is the seafront, along which runs a three-mile promenade, with views out across the English Channel.

Because of the lockdown and social distancing measures, there have been few people around on my daily walks. I gained a sense of tranquillity and tried to capture those precious moments on my smartphone, so I could share them with others.

With video clips, I recorded nature’s sights and sounds. These included gentle swaying trees with uplifting birdsong in the background, views across idyllic farmland to the hills of the South Downs, and waves crashing onto the shingle beach on a windy but sunny afternoon.

Amongst other subjects, my photos captured the beauty of spring flowers, rainbows drawn by children hung in windows, colourful beach huts, seafront carpet gardens, and the pier’s golden dome sparkling in the sunlight against a backdrop of clear blue skies.

I posted these to Facebook, both on my timeline and in two groups. In addition, I shared selected videos and photos on Instagram and Twitter. Three of those images are included here.

Cherry blossom

#1 Cherry blossom

Social distancing seagulls

#2 Social distancing seagulls

Children’s rainbow drawings

#3 Childrens rainbows

The responses to my posts have been encouraging and there has been positive feedback from around the world:

Ah, the sound of the sea. Just what I needed. Very clear skies.  Robyn – New Zealand.

Oh, happy memories of a childhood near Brighton! The shingle beach and big waves. Thanks for sharing.  Jackie – France.

I don’t know about you, but I’m appreciating spring more this year. It’s so lovely to watch the birds, butterflies, bees and other creatures carrying on with their daily lives amid the blossoms and blooms.  Jay – Turkey.

Ebony was watching the birds outside from her perch and listening to the birds on your video thinking she was in real time.  Laurie – USA.

One can’t be stressed watching the cows graze and listening to the bird song.  Carola – Canada.

Lovely sights and sounds! Thanks!  Susan – Uruguay.

How lucky to be able to go out for a walk. Thanks for sharing the pics.  Patricia – Spain.

If you are on Facebook and want to view the video clips and see more photos, please send me a friend request and visit my page by clicking here.

As I bring this piece to a close in late April, the weather here has changed, and there is some much-needed rain. Our first rose of spring has chosen this day to make an appearance. A sign of hope for the future?

#4 First rose of spring


“Thanks for supporting me!” 

Robert Fear Photo June 3rd 2019


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  1. Such a positive view on such dark days! I too have noticed things in nature that I never stopped to notice before. The biggest thing that “struck me” was hearing the faraway calls of a bird responding to one of the birds at my feeder! Very cool,

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  2. peggyhattendorfcom May 12, 2020 — 12:37 am

    Robert, thanks for bringing more beauty to us at this unsettling time. As I said before, you live in a beautiful place that I adored when I visited.
    Thanks, Nonnie and RWISA for hosting, Robert.

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  3. How lovely that you send beauty out into the world. Thank you, Robert.

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  4. Hi, Robert. Thank you for this wonderful post and beautiful pictures. The rose is absolutely stunning!

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  5. Reblogged this on Rhani DChae and commented:
    Please take a look at this post, with some beautiful pictures, from #RWISA author Robert Fear.

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  6. Thanks for inspiring us, Fred! 🙂

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  7. This is such a positive post and it’s a delight to see nature presented at her stunning best. Thank you for starting my day with a smile. 😊

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  8. Robert, So enjoyed this post, like an enjoyable trip to such a colorful place! And the photos are beautiful! Thank you!!

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  9. What a wonderful post with beautiful, serene photographs. As a gardener, I loved the photo of the rose and went out to the garden center with my facial mask to buy the Double Delight rose to plant!

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  10. Thank you so much everyone for all your kind words. 🙂


  11. Thanks for the ‘sunny-up’, Robertt. So very nice. Best wishes.

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  12. Hi Robert, Your reflections about the role of social media are inspiring and those sea gulls are looking so cute! Though this pandemic has crippled economy and frustrated many but it has brought people closer to Mother Nature and strengthened relationships. Those who didn’t pay attention to their blessings have learnt to count them.

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  13. It’s wonderful to find people who try to focus on the positive and who enjoy spreading joy. 🙂

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  14. Thank, you, Robert for this insighful blog. I corrected my intro when I reblogged it. My fingers move faster than my brain, especially nowadays. Wishing you the best on your blog tour today!

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  15. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    Spring happens despite the lockdown. Beautiful post, with some gorgeour potos, by Robert Fear.

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  16. harriethodgson May 9, 2020 — 2:42 pm

    Thank you for this thoughtful post and the stunning photos.

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  17. Hi, Robert, I can feel the calmness flowing from your words, and reflected in the images you shared. Really very soothing! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Hello, Robert! What a wonderful way to spend some of your time, uplifting others! Sometimes social media can be wonderful for sharing things like this and kudos to you for stepping up! I enjoyed your piece and the photos are stunning!!

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  19. Robert, your piece made me want to get outside. My husband and I have been walking with our dog in the afternoons after online school. Sometimes our teenagers come with us. We found a hike in Colorado that follows a stream and it is absolutely beautiful. Taking in the beauty around us is part of the writer’s experience.

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author May 9, 2020 — 8:25 am

    Such beautiful pictures, Robert. Your post brightened my day with a reminder of all the simple beauty in our world.

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  21. Robert, how wonderful of you to share the beauty around you and send uplifting vibes into the world.

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  22. Robert, I love those images (I haven’t read your post yet, but I will after I read all the others in order!). That rose was too beautiful for me to downsize it. I can almost smell it’s beauty! Thank you for sharing these!

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