Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Beauties of Nature

The previous two posts were about members, missionaries, and great neighbors.  Take good people and add the beauty of nature to it and you get . . . a joyful life!!!  We recently went to Arusha in Tanzania to do a branch audit and while we were there, we went to the Ngorongoro Crater, an amazing place that I will tell you about in a later post.  In the meantime, here are some photos of scenes around Nairobi, particularly in the Karen area where we live.

This flower is so pretty it almost looks fake.

We can't get enough of the beautiful flowering trees.  We've seen them flower over and over again in the almost year and a half that we've been here.  The seasons are certainly different here.  I think this is an Orchid Tree.

Another flowering tree.  I think this may be an African Tulip Tree.  What do you think?

We were astounded at the size of the leaves on this tree.

Beautiful sculpted bushes

An African Tulip Tree

Marist College has beautiful grounds.  We walk past it on our walks.

Wish we could grow these kinds of plants in Alberta!

The weaver birds build such interesting nests.  Apparently snakes can climb trees.  The weaver birds build their nests with the opening in the bottom of the nest so that snakes can't get inside. Crazy!!

A gorgeous trumpet flower

So interesting that at Marist University College, there is a dress code and no hooting (honking) and no smoking.  It's been so nice here in Kenya because so few people smoke so I don't have to deal with the cigarette smoke that I'm allergic to.

We pass the Marist College every time we walk in the early evening.  We speak to many of the university students.  So interesting how they look so solemn until you say hello and then they brighten up with a big smile and say hello back.  LeRon thought this motto was interesting.  We know that Jesus Christ is the light of the world but we also know that we need to shine our lights too.  Hopefully people will see the light of Christ in our faces.  And as people get more education, their lights shine brighter.


  1. Gorgeous!! And you're right, that first picture does look fake. What a beautiful flower.