Right Steps & Poui Trees


Perfectly Prickly Patterns on #WorldPhotographyDay

If you want to learn more about the Fibonacci sequence in nature, this isn’t the place to do it. It is a fascinating topic and there are many sites on the internet with all you could hope to learn. There are even some sites dealing specifically with the Fibonacci sequence in cacti. In this post, however, I am simply going to share some cacti photos…perfectly prickly patterns.IMG_20180722_075340_resized_20180722_040448893 cactus

One Sunday morning during a recent trip to London, I visited the arrid room of the Barbican Conservatory with my daughter Kimi. I spent a happy hour or so looking at details of these plants through a camera lens.IMG_20180722_080128_resized_20180722_040951888 cactus

Cacti are definitely strange-looking plants that could have been designed by sci-fi writers to inhabit dystopian landscapes. Certainly the natural environments in which many of them originally evolved and thrive are often stark and harsh. And their characteristic spines present a formidable defense mechanism, as anyone unfortunate enough to have had an upfront and personal encounter with a cactus can attest.


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They are also remarkably beautiful plants, often as a result of their prickly patterns… viewed from a distance…IMG_20180722_075757_resized_20180722_040807501 cactus

…or a bit closer…IMG_20180722_075748_resized_20180722_040735574 cactus

There are wide varieties of cacti, with some not fitting the typical image at all…”windswept” spines, for example…bty

…or something rather like a sponge or a brain…IMG_20180722_080028_resized_20180722_040919794 cactus

Their flowers can be beautiful also, in a traditional way…IMG_20180722_075417_resized_20180722_040604875 cactus

…or they can be distinctly odd…IMG_20180722_075542_resized_20180722_040700728 cactus

But always such intriguing patterns. I must spend some time photographing the cacti in my own garden at home soon.IMG_20180722_074858_resized_20180722_040220221 cactusIMG_20180722_074745_1_resized_20180722_040114728 cactus

After the arrid room and its cacti, Kimi and I went on to brunch, which was beautiful in another manner entirely!bty



Coffee Ice Cream In Particular: Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet

“This week, show us something (or someone) sweet.”

I decided not to overthink this week’s challenge and go with something obvious. Ice cream. Coffee ice cream in particular. And Devon House coffee ice cream best of all, if you can. ice cream cone

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet


.#AToZChallengeJamaica: F is for Food Flag

A couple of years ago, I saw an article online which had photos of national flags made out of traditional foods eaten in or associated with the countries. (This isn’t the original article, but it is about the same photos.)

So, for example, Italy’s flag was made of basil, pasta and tomatoes.

Italy food flag

India’s flag was made of curries, rice and pappadum.

India food flag

And France’s flag was made of cheese and grapes.

France food flag

At the time I thought it would be fun to make a Jamaican food flag, and so, taking on board some suggestions from Facebook friends, I made a Jamaican flag out of:

  • Ackee, naturally! Jamaica’s national fruit is from the Blighia sapida tree, which was imported from West Africa, most likely on a ship carrying Africans during the slave trade. It is an ingredient in our national dish, ackee & saltfish.
  • Dried pimento. The pimento tree (Pimenta dioica) is indigenous to Jamaica. Known widely as allspice, pimento is an essential seasoning in so many of our dishes.
  • Callaloo. Perhaps our most popular green, leafy vegetable, steamed callaloo (Amaranthus viridis) is a staple dish & is the main ingredient in pepperpot soup.

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And to end, here is the Jamaica Information Service’s  (JIS) explanation of the symbolism of the colours of the Jamaican flag.

Jamaican flag symbolism - JIS