cross story

 prayer wins

amidst destruction


On February 3rd 1931 at 10.47 am a violent earthquake struck the east coast Hawkes Bay region on New Zealand’s North Island. There was enormous destruction in the Town of Napier especially throughout the business district. Many buildings were severely damaged or destroyed in the quake however fires that broke out in chemist shops quickly added to the devastation burning through the damaged  structures and scorching any standing  wooden ones.

The trinity Methodist Church pictured here survived the earthquake and fires and was surrounded by desolation. Some say a miracle occurred that day.

The one a week Photo Challenge word challenge this week is CROSS.  This is my contribution . For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at


glass memories



from ashes

glass fragments were found




This small stained glass  window captures your attention at the entry of Waipu Cathedral in Napier New Zealand. The work of art was constructed of stained glass fragments collected by parishioners after the devastating 1931 earthquake. The cathedral was destroyed and so were most of the original large stained glass windows. While we were staying in Napier recently Jill felt 2 tremors, just more of the 250 plus tremors  after the latest big quake struck Kaikoura on the East coast of the South Island in early November seriously impacting on the people and infrastructure of that region. New Zealand lies right along part of the Pacific Rim of Fire with earthquakes and volcanic activity being a constant reminder to the brave people who live there.

window of imagination



tropical rainclouds

spiritual sensation

time for reflections

This is the view as you stand in front of the altar of St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, far north Queensland. What you may look out upon depends on the time of day, the season or local weather . A crocodile may emerge onto the mangrove mud by the mangroves, visibility may be zero if a cyclone is raging or the sky and air could be turning fiery red in the last throes of a tropical sunset.

Version 2

The weather was not great for photography.These images were captured on a late November afternoon . A metre and a half of rain had fallen in the previous three days and the air was thick with steaming humidity. No crocodiles were lurking but then there are few signs to indicate they may be out in the water.