Easter 2014

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Yesterday, we spent a quiet day in San Diego by attending church and then looking out at the beautiful ocean and listening to its thunderous roar as the waves crashed against the jagged rocks and sandy shoreline.  We celebrated the atonement and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ by reflecting on His life and the many sacrifices that were given for mankind.

Saturday evening we ate at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants called Cocina Miguel’s which is located in Old Town at  2444 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110 (619-298-9840).  As we waited for a table, I began taking pictures of the succulent cacti that surround the restaurant. There was a beautiful cactus with bright red flowers and very sharp thorns. I thought it was a cactus of stark contrast.  It had these bright red, delicate flowers and the thickest thorns that looked like they definitely would not bend easily under extreme pressure.

I found a little bit of information about the plant that I took pictures of at the restaurant.  I seriously didn’t know the name of the species or any details.  I thought it was an interesting plant and it reminded me of the thorns that might have been used to make the crown of Christ.  I certainly didn’t know the name of the plant which is Crown of Thorns. If you would like to find out more about this plant you can click on the link: Crown of Thorns

“……The common names allude to the legend that the crown of thorns worn by Christ at the time of his crucifixion was made from stems of this plant. Interestingly, the stems of this plant are pliable and can be intertwined into a circle. There exists substantial evidence that the species, native to Madagascar, had been brought to the Middle East before the time of Christ.

The Crown of Thorns is a woody, spiny, climbing succulent shrub with shoots reaching a height of 6 feet. Leaves are found primarily on young growth, and the plant may defoliate completely if put under moisture or temperature stress. Subsequent growth will bear new leaves. The plant flowers nearly all year, and especially in the winter. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, but the brightly colored modified leaves (bracts) found just beneath the flowers are quite attractive. Most Crown of Thorns plants in cultivation have red bracts. A variety with yellow bracts exists, but is not very popular……..”

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