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The Cacti

This was another photo taken on our hike to Ram Head on St John Island. We saw more of these cacti, Turk’s Cap (Melocactus intortus), than I could count. We understand that we were about a week early to see them bloom. The flowers are supposedly edible. We talked to some other hikers who had been on the island for awhile and said the red “heads” had appeared in the past week.

This illustrates a common occurrence in life. We can be happy for that which we have and experience, or we can focus on/ long for that which is “missing” or out of our reach.

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Unexpected Path

This photo was taken during our hike in the Virgin Island National Park, St John. At this time, I was trying to capture the pile of stones that marked the turn up the hill headed to Ram Head. As I look at the photo now, however, what I see is a strikingly blue path leading to a small island.

It makes me think of the “turns” in life that at the time, seemed to be leading me one way, but in hindsight actually led in a direction I did not expect. Or would necessarily have chosen.

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God of the Living

This Saman tree (also known as the rain tree), is over 400 years old. It is not native to the Caribbean islands but was likely brought by the indigenous Caribs, probably from South America. Seeing a tree this old makes me think of all the people who have lived before us. And continue to live with us: “He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” Mark 12:27.

Photo taken at Romney Manor and Gardens (Caribelle Batik), St Kitts.

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