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Covid Chronicles: Photos of nature during lockdown by ‘Jack’ in The Netherlands

posted on 2022-11-18, 16:12 authored by Helen HintjensHelen Hintjens

These photos were shared by Jack, a migrant worker who is currently living in the Netherlands.

Sprouting plant 

This plant caught my attention, because it seemed trying to sprout in a wrong place. It sprouted from soil beneath the bricks on the ground. The problem is its position is at the middle of the pedestrian where people are passing by. There is always a big chance that it might be stomped on by a foot of the passer-by. I feel that our life today is like that plant. We try to survive amid the pandemic. We try to live normally as much as possible in the face of this crisis, but there is always a possibility that we might be a one of the fallen victims of the coronavirus.

The Fallen leaves

I saw these fallen leaves scattered around the Bibliotheek in the centrum The Hague when I was walking from my work. They were dried and color-turned gold. A clear sign of autumn. They are like humans fallen from Covid 19. We now have partial lockdown in The Hague due to the rise of fallen victims of corona virus.

The Old Tree

It was sunny afternoon when I went to Zuiderpark. I noticed that there were many people roaming around despite of coronavirus pandemic. As far as I am concerned, hanging up in the park is not my cup of tea. But that time, I enjoyed staying long hours, not because of the nice weather, but because of the ambiance around especially the old trees. I found them the most fascinating creation on earth. I love capturing them specially the shape of leaves, stems, branches, and trunk. They look amazing! For me, they are like a craft of art. I was free to touch them without fear of getting infected of corona virus.


This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and The Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers & undocumented migrants.

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