Right Steps & Poui Trees


Felled: Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme

“This week, show the same thing — an object, place, or person — presented in several different ways….use your camera to discover the endless variety that one thing can contain.”

Early the following morning, they came into the neighbourhood…P1020522

…the team of men with a power saw…P1020525

…willing to cut up fallen trees for a fee, to make them easier to dispose of.P1020544

The huge Shower of Gold (Cassia fistula) tree had been felled during the hurricane and the men sawed it into pieces, most of which were carted away. But I kept a few pieces of the trunk…P1020553

… a reminder of the effects of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on our garden as it hit Jamaica on its path north through the Caribbean. And when you look at the actual stump, you can see in the background the new tree that grew from the fallen one. Nature’s variation on a theme…endings as beginnings….stump

Felled: Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme



If There Are Hills: Weekly Photo Challenge – Serene

“This week, share a visual moment of blissful quiet.”

In the hills, watching the sun go down, a frangipani tree nearby…a moment of blissful quiet….


Weekly Photo Challenge – Serene


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…

Hope Gardens road 2

(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.)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale


Looking Down: Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure

“We move so briskly through our daily lives, we don’t typically notice the details of the world around us…This week, share with us the structure of something typically overlooked.”

When I am walking along, I don’t often look down, except for a quick glance to avoid tripping on an uneven surface. Dappled light on the ground beneath the trees…P1180863

I pause and take a closer look…at the textured web of tree roots, dried leaves, bits of broken twig…the ground beneath my feet…P1180884


Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure


Poui Blossoms: Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent

“This challenge is wide open. Evanescent can be any fleeting moment in time.

ev·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.”

If I could choose a personal totem, it would be the yellow poui tree. Have I said this before? When it isn’t in bloom, it isn’t a particularly noticeable tree. But in poui season, for a few days, the tree erupts into a mass of bright yellow blossoms!poui tree 2Blossoms…like sunlight captured by the tree!P1120028Then they fall…and are gone….Poui blossoms on ground

Quickly fading or disappearing. But magnificent for the short time they are here!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent


Leafy Green: Weekly Photo Challenge – Green

“Sometimes it’s fun to take a step back from interpretive challenges and just celebrate a color: green!”

Perhaps, like me, this week’s challenge reminded you of Kermit the Frog singing:

It’s not that easy being green;

Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.

Leaves…(breadfruit tree)…P1120471…leaves…(lychee tree)…P1120474…and more leaves…(ackee tree)!P1120461

Weekly Photo Challenge – Green