During the COVID-19 pandemic and lock-down, my backyard terrace became the office space at home in Clayton, just to the northwest of Panama City in Panama, where I am currently based for work. We live in what was formerly known as the ‘Canal Zone‘, an 8-kilometre strip on either side of the Panama Canal that was a US Territory from 1903 until 1979. Following a US-Panama treaty the area was ceded back to Panama in 1999. In addition to the canal infrastructure, expansive military and administrative complexes were constructed within the southern part of the area along with residential areas such as Clayton, built for personnel working within the Canal Zone. In between these built-up areas and extending northward to the city of Colón at the Caribbean Sea end of the canal, the forests were preserved within the 8-km strip on either side of the canal. So, we have the good fortune of being in close proximity to the Parque Nacional Camino de Cruces that merges with the Parque Nacional Soberanía to the north; meaning the natural beauty of Panama is within easy reach (the green swath of the forest reserve is clearly seen in the 3D Google Earth imagery below; the red pin is where we live).
Panama is rather hot and humid not unlike Saint Lucia, although is much less breezy; however, I adapted to working outside and quite enjoyed the calming greenery of the backyard. Next to my laptop sat my camera (with a 300 mm telephoto lens) and I would photograph the ’office mates’ as they passed through in a distracted moment, or when I got up to stretch and move around.
‘Guests to the Backyard Office’ is a compilation of photos I took up to the end of 2020 in the backyard office, mainly focusing on what was in the immediate surroundings. In the compilation, each image is a collage of nine of the best individual photos for each week, which starts off the week of March 16th when we switched to telecommuting from home, until the end of 2020; a total of 42 weeks. I have identified the birds and did my best with the other critters, but I’m sure there be will need for corrections.
You can download the higher-resolution image by clicking here; just right-click to select ‘save image’. If you wish to use or share, please be cool and credit the source or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission. You can also see the individual photos from the series on my Facebook page and on Instagram. The photos will make great references for my art…check out the website ChrisCoxOriginals; would love your feedback! Let’s see what 2021 brings; I will continue the series as long as we remain at the ‘home office’.
By the way, here is my design ‘Planet on Pause’ I created back at the start of the craziness when the planet started to go into lockdown. The pandemic has also given us an opportunity to reflect on the environmental ills we have beset on the planet and the need to do all we can to restore her health…after all, our own health depends on it! Finally, continue to stay safe and my very best wishes for a brighter 2021!