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The Church Yard

More pictures from my day at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu.

This olive tree meets you right out front in the courtyard. Since the olive branch is a symbol of peace, this sentinel seems fitting for the sanctuary courtyard.

Olive Tree

The church grounds are beautifully tended. There are many quiet places for contemplation and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

side yard

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  1. Lovely shots, they look so warm! (It is not at all warm here!) I have seen pictures of three olive trees in the last few weeks, they are amazing!

  2. What. A. Tree!! And it’s a wonderful shot of it, with the cathedral in the background. I love to see all your green grass—everything here has faded to brown. Very wet brown.

    How was Amoeba’s concert?

    1. Susan — shots of the concert to follow sometime this week. Consider though, how do you think a 50’s style jazz band fared at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning at a middle school? A few grandparents stopped to listen.

  3. I love taking photos of old churches. This cathedral is beautiful. I also love the twisted branches of the olive tree. I’m trying to catch up on reading your posts. I have been so busy this weekend. I missed a couple of your “12 Days of Christmas”. I will get back on track this week. Hope all is well with you!

  4. What an exquisite setting – so serene… and so un-touristy. Opposite what we think of when we envision Hawaii…you have such an eye for beauty and composition in your photography!

    The olive tree is just stunning! I always look at them and think about Jesus in the time He was on earth. Whoa….

    1. Kelley — read Thom’s comment — all I had to do here was turn around and I would have been facing a 7 lane city street with screaming, bumper-to-bumper traffic. Hawaii has many idyllic little spots tucked away from the concrete jungle and/or the tourist beaches.

  5. Q….my route I have now I go past there 5 times in my shift. I looked at it so much different today after seeing your post yesterday and now today. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Karen — all our local olive trees have incredibly gnarled appearances. Amoeba says the neat, tidy olive trees are the ones carefully pruned and tended and not allowed to grow at their own whim.

      The Cathedral was completed in time for Christmas in 1886, but it wasn’t until 1958 that the remainder of the church was finished.

  6. i love olive trees. our climate would kill them but just about 100 km south-west from where i live one can find some fine specimens

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