Right Steps & Poui Trees


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Last Sunrise, First Sunrise

On Sunday morning, I sat on my roof watching the last sunrise for 2017. My tea for that morning was tumeric and ginger, sweetened with Belcour honey, from hives my brother and sister-in-law have in the Blue Mountains. There was very little cloud cover, providing a rather minimalist early sunrise sky.P1250275Later the sun came up over the hills…P1250464…outlining them in differing shades of grey.P1250505The next day I was up on the roof again, to watch the first sunrise for 2018. Tea was peppermint…with Belcour honey. It was a very different morning, overcast, with heavy banks of grey clouds.P1250773But the sun came up. As it always does. With unremarkable regularity.P1250900

These divisions…such as the old year into the new year…are arbitrary but useful structures for us, reminding us of the passage of time and ordering our lives to some extent. I enjoy these formal endings and beginnings and some of the rituals associated with them. Not all, mind you. But what I am growing to love more and more are the rhythms of nature. As I view them from my roof…because I am not a great outdoor person, hiking or cycling or similar activities. I am the person who sits on her roof, observing the movement of the sun, moon and stars, the daily flight of birds through this space, the trees blossoming and other such things. It is amazing what I can see when I sit still for a while….

On the 4th day of 2018, it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year!

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Big Gardens, Tiny Car: Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

“Have some fun with perspective and show just how big, or little, the world can seem.”

One morning in Hope Gardens, looking at the sky, the clouds, the mountains, the trees, the road and a tiny, tiny car…

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(Hope Botanical Gardens, established more than a century & a quarter ago on 200 acres of land on the Liguanea Plain, is the largest public green space in the Kingston Metropolitan Area of Jamaica.)

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From An Airplane Window…

I don’t normally take a window seat on an airplane, much preferring the freedom of movement promised by an aisle seat. On this flight I was at the window, and nature provided a spectacular show.

It was raining when we took off, but was a relatively smooth flight once we got above the clouds.

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For much of the journey, the view from the window was within the range of normal spectacular…clouds of various types…IMG_3279Then, about two-thirds of the way, the setting sun took over the sky and the view became truly spectacular!IMG_3319I gazed out of the window for most of the rest of the flight…IMG_3341Eventually things returned to “normal”…IMG_3345And we landed.IMG_3360When they said there was no in-flight entertainment on this trip, they were wrong.

 

 

 


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Just One Sunset…

Every night the sun goes down. And sometimes, like tonight, I go on the roof to watch. At first it looked as if it would be a pretty routine sunset.

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As time passed, however, some interesting shadows were being thrown up from behind a bank of clouds.

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Which became even more pronounced as time went by.

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And more colourful.

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Eventually things returned to a more conventional view.

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Behind me, the clouds were a softer pink, with the breadfruit and ackee trees silhouetted against the sky.

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Finally, night…

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“Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson