Right Steps & Poui Trees


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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]
adjective

  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


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Inside Looking Out: Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

‘This week, share a photo of something that says “heritage” to you.’

Normally I see Jamaica House – the office of the Prime Minister – from the outside looking in. Recently, I attended a meeting there and took this photo when I was leaving…standing at the entrance, looking out.P1140626

Around were the signs of activity associated with maintaining this government property, built after Independence in 1962. Mowing the lawns…

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…installing a new fridge….P1140637

The building itself isn’t a particular favourite of mine, but the more than 50 years of Jamaican Independence are an essential part of what “heritage” means to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage


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Sun, Moon, Plant, Me: Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting

“From water and glass to metallic surfaces, share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.”

We see the moon because of the sun’s light reflecting off it. Tonight, the moon’s light is reflecting off the leaves and branches of the overgrown privet. And here I am, reflecting on it all…P1140569

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting


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Hawk Deh Near…But Not For Long: Weekly Photo Challenge – Danger!

“This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.”

The presence of a chicken hawk (Red-tailed Hawk/Buteo jamaicensis) caused great consternation among the neighbourhood birds that morning. From the moment I went on the roof, I could hear them making loud calling sounds, as though warning each other that danger was near.P1130480I then watched them mount an amazing co-ordinated effort to drive the hawk away. They dive-bombed it repeatedly…nightingales…P1130502…cling-clings…P1130472…and even a streamertail hummingbird at one point, though I wasn’t lucky enough to get a photo of that! In the end, the hawk was chased away and the danger passed. At least, until next time….

Weekly Photo Challenge – Danger!


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On a Mountain in Ecuador: Weekly Photo Challenge – Wanderlust

“This week, share a photo that represents travel to you.”

This was home for the days I visited my daughter on a permaculture farm in the mountains above Quito, Ecuador.2013-09-19 09.31.02I opened the door to a clear view of a snow-capped volcano.2013-09-20 10.23.21An ideal spot for meditation in the morning.2013-09-19 09.28.21Magnificent mountain views. And also, there were flowers…2013-09-20 11.06.25Weekly Photo Challenge – Wanderlust


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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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Not All Surprises Are Pleasant: Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprise

“This week, share a surprise with us, as you see it through your lens.”

I saw the lizard on the window ledge and, as I approached, I wondered when it would see me and run away. But, surprisingly, it didn’t move. Perhaps it was staying still as a strategy.p1120903.jpgAnd then I realised that actually it was dead, frozen in this active pose, looking through the glass louvre, as though still trying to get inside.P1120898 I know nothing about what causes lizards to die, other than old age or being eaten by predators. (What is the expected lifespan of small, brown garden lizards?) They must also die of diseases too, like us. But in midstream like this? Waiting to get in. Surprised by death. How strange.P1120895

Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprise