Right Steps & Poui Trees


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An Act of Remembering…

Walking through the gardens of St Paul’s Cathedral in London recently, I noticed this bench…IMG_20191031_183412_resized_20191031_063444178 (1) bench st Pauls Cathedral

…and the plaque on it. I don’t know who Sandra Archer was or who arranged for this act of remembering… family, friends or colleagues…IMG_20191031_183247_resized_20191031_063318411 (3) plaque on bench St Pauls Cathedral

Our family did this recently, after my husband died. A plaque on a bench, under a tree at Hope Gardens…IMG_20191031_182517_resized_20191031_062634120 (1) tree and bench at Hope Gardens

An act of remembering…IMG_20191031_182736_resized_20191031_062817858 (1) plaque Hope Gardens

 


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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

 


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Inside Out: Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

“Your inspiration this week is windows. Use a window to frame your shot.”

A random selection of windows, none of them at home. In a corner of the Minnesota Museum of American Art…window - museum

Inside a building on the University of Technology campus in Kingston…window - photographerA window in the Chapel at the University of the West Indies (Mona)…window - Mona Chapel

The ruins of Lesnes Abbey, near London…But is this in or out?window - abbey ruins 2

Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows


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This Bridge I Saw in London: Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge

“For this challenge, interpret the theme “bridge.” You can go the same route as I did and capture any type or style of bridge where you are, or go deeper and take a snapshot of something or someone that acts as a bridge in your life: a link, a connection, a mediator.”

This week, I have gone for the most obvious, most literal interpretation of the topic. Here is a picture of this bridge I saw while on vacation in London last year…IMG_3458

Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge


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Sometimes You Just Need To Wander…

Those unscheduled hours are so important. When you have no real plan and wander around letting the path attract you, rather than the destination. It’s debatable whether this is the best approach to one’s entire life journey, but certainly it should fit in somewhere. Undoubtedly while on vacation.

The other evening I wandered around for a while, after a wonderful visit to the Tate Modern to see the very special Georgia O’Keefe exhibition going on there.

I took a few photos of the statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the Royal Exchange…

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…and of the War Memorial.

The City of London has plenty churches! And while passing one, I heard the organist and (small) choir practicing for a service at 6 and decided to attend.IMG_3467

The church was built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The central altar by Henry Moore was installed in 1987 and was the subject of much controversy at the time.IMG_3475

Such a beautiful ceiling!IMG_3520

I enjoyed the organ music, particularly the postlude, which was Sortie in B flat by Louis Lefébure-Wély. A lively piece! The organist was Joe Sentance. (Here is a link to a YouTube selection of pieces played by André Isoir which has the Sortie in B flat as its first piece, if you are interested.)

I didn’t stay for the reception in the church garden afterwards, but in chatting for a bit with the woman who sat next to me during the service, I discovered that she had known my mother’s godfather & that her family had been friends with his. Small world indeed!

I left, focusing on my destination again, and headed home (my temporary home, that is). And it was still light out, something I am still getting used to…