Right Steps & Poui Trees


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One Afternoon on Daisy Avenue, Mona Heights

We moved to Mona Heights more than fifty years ago and although we never lived on Daisy Avenue, I knew it well. I haven’t lived in Mona for decades now, but drive through often. When I saw this view recently as I drove up Daisy Avenue, I stopped to take some photos…IMG_20190403_194656_resized_20190403_074720344 Daisy Avenue Mona 3-4-19

…two magnificent Royal Palms stood guard in someone’s yard…IMG_20190403_174950_resized_20190403_055034614 Mona Daisy bicycle

…shadows on a trunk…P1380021 Mona royal palm and bougainvillea

…leaves against the sky…IMG_20190403_131900_resized_20190403_055142437 Mona Daisy royal palm

…a few moments one afternoon, on Daisy Avenue, Mona Heights…IMG_20190403_175528_resized_20190403_055552438 Mona Daisy sign


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Lightning Over Kingston & A Few Other Things To See

I was up in the hills with family last week, in the Blue Mountains, probably my favourite place in the world. One night I sat on a balcony, watching lightning flashing over Kingston just after sunset. I called my granddaughter to come and see & she climbed up on my lap to watch with me. After the first flash of lightning lit up the sky, she said, “More!” I explained to her that the lightning doesn’t come when we want it to, but that if we sit patiently and watch, we might see it again. And we did, a few more times. P1340070 sunset with lightning 10-10-18

There are so many smaller things to see also, like new mango leaves in the morning rain…P1340164 new mango leaves in morning rain - 10-18…moss growing on roof shingles…P1340111 - roof shingles and moss 10-18…and cat tails (Acalypha hispida) sparkling with dew…P1330902 - cat tails 10-18

My love for the Blue Mountains goes back to childhood summer holidays, when we used to spend time at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) camp at Newcastle. It was possible to rent some of the cottages and my siblings, cousins and I remember those times as magical.P1330982 - Newcastle 10-18Just part of Jamaica’s Blue Mountain range…

Blue Mountains panorama 10-18


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Surrounding Hills & Mountains: Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

“Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love.”

I have lived in the Kingston Metropolitan Area of Jamaica almost all of my life. On the flat land of the Liguanea Plain. And I love the surrounding hills and mountains that you can see…driving on the Palisadoes strip, on the way in from the airport…Palisadoes

…to the west, as the morning sun shines on them…Hills to the west

…the mountains to the north, seen from Hope Gardens….Mountains from Hope Gardens

A flat lander, who loves being able to see the hills….

Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

 


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Happy #EarthDay: Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth

“This week, share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors….”

Raindrops on a flower…P1140001…lichen on a twig…P1140009…mist on the mountains.P1140120Our planet. Earth.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Earth


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#AToZChallengeJamaica: C is for Catherine’s Peak

In Jamaica today, when most people hear “Catherine’s Peak”, they probably think of the brand of bottled water by that name. That isn’t unexpected, but there are others – myself included – who think instead of the peak in the Blue Mountains…Catherine’s Peak itself!

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Catherine’s Peak is located in the parish of St Andrew, and is about 4430 feet high. (1350 meters)

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It is just above the Jamaica Defence Force Training Depot at Newcastle. A paved road has been cut up to Catherine’s Peak, but when I was a child and we used to spend time at Newcastle in the summers, there was no road, just a path. My brothers and cousins and I looked forward to our obligatory climb to the Peak. We were quite in awe of the fully equipped recruits who would run to the Peak and back as part of their training; they completed their run in the time it took us to go halfway up to the top!

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Catherine’s Peak was reportedly named after Catherine Moore, wife of Lieutenant Governor Henry Moore & sister of historian Edward Long. In 1760, she is supposed to have been the first woman to climb the Peak (though this does discount the fact that a Taino or Maroon woman may have done so before her!) A more mundane origin for the name is suggested in the book “Jamaican Place Names”, however.

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Shrouded in mist or shrouded in legend, there she is…Catherine’s Peak!

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