Unopened peony flowers and foliage

Peonies are about to pop (click to enlarge).

Little did we know back in February, when we hung the 24 prints in my latest solo show, that the world as we knew it was about to change so abruptly for people all over the world.

“The 100-Mile Photo Diet” was intended to convey my belief that places relatively close to home can provide beauty, adventure and creative inspiration, with the added value of keeping our carbon footprint low.

But a future show should perhaps be titled “The Zero-Mile Photo Diet”, because – like most people – home is where all my photography (and every other aspect of my life) has been taking place for the past six weeks, and likely for some time to come. That’s not a complaint on my part. Fortunately I love my home and there are plenty of photographic opportunities here, especially when I take the time to really see them.

One of my recent images is shown above, and I’ll get around to posting some others in the not-too-distant future.

To say these pandemic times are worrisome is a gross understatement. But a silver lining has been the explosion of online arts, culture, communication and learning. Each day brings new opportunities for people to engage in experiences they might have missed out on in those “normal” pre-pandemic times due to cost, distance, lack of free time or other barriers.

So in that spirit, I’m offering The 100-Mile Photo Diet in virtual form. I invite you to have a look, and welcome your comments and feedback. And please – continue to stay home as much as possible, be safe, and be healthy…so that when this is all over, we can start building a better world together.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

12 responses »

  1. jkaybay says:

    I love this idea. So much beauty can be found without traveling far. You could even do a one mile radius to celebrate life these days and I think you’d capture amazing things. Love the fog boundary photo 😊

  2. Robin says:

    Beautiful series, Laurie. I think our peonies are at about the same stage of development right now. 🙂

  3. skadhu says:

    Beautiful photos! And yeah, there is so much potential close to home… I find I can take the camera out into my yard and the next thing I know I’m uploading 200 photos to review.

    • LOL! Isn’t it funny how “computers have made our lives so much easier”. We spend about as much time sorting our masses of images now as we used to spend waiting to get those 24 or 36 prints back from the photo lab! 🙂 Thanks for the comment and very glad to hear you liked the photos. Stay healthy!

  4. Fred Bailey says:


    All great shots! Aren’t we lucky to live where we do?
    well done.

  5. Gabriola Photography Club says:

    Wonderful!!!! We are all finding things to photograph closer to home now. It is a little harder to find nests an such for me but quite fun! Love your prints. The jelly fish look a bit like the corona virus. Although the lurking danger is there for both, they are quite pretty! Congratulations on your show! A wonderful theme!

  6. Sherry G says:

    What a gift this is Laurie! I think you’re always a bit ahead of everybody else and this is a wonderful concept for a collection and show. I oohed and aahed as I went through these glorious images and now I have several more Laurie McBride favourites that I could look at for hours. Are they for sale? Either now or in the future?

    • Thanks, Sherry – so kind of you to say so. Yes, they are for sale, aside from one or two I’m holding onto. Right now’s a bit awkward…but at some point when we get a bit of a green light from health authorities, I’ll be taking down the show and the next one will be going up (we’ve delayed that changeover for obvious reasons right now). In the meantime, most of them are available as 5×7″ cards (linen textured stock).

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