Colours of the Bahamas…Part 2

Iconic tree in the golden hour

Granddaughter on the veranda

I posted Part 1 of Colours of the Bahamas here, images I made on a recent trip to the Bahamas for a family reunion, which featured blue and green tones.

Of course there are also other beautiful warm colours like gold, pink, orange and red also found throughout tropical  islands. I really appreciate those beautiful tones too. They are so vibrant and uplifting.

For this post, I thought it might be fun to share a few random facts about Harbour Island.

1. The island is known as “Briland” to its inhabitants, and it’s only 3.5 miles long by 1.5 mile wide. (Say Harbour Island fast and you’ll get it.) You can get from the bay side to the beach side in a few minutes.

2. Junkanoo is a colourful street parade that is held on New Year’s Day. The festival may date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were given a special holiday to leave the plantations to be with their families and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, the tradition continued.

3.The staple food for islanders is a mollusc called a conch fish (pronounced ‘conk’). These rubbery, squid-like offerings are combined into a hot tomato and onion salad or battered and deep-fried as fritters or eaten in a wonderful chowder.

4. In local dialect, “sip sip” means to gossip and “purge” means to vent rage. If you are “showing sef”, you are showing off. And if you “spilligate” you’re going out on the town.

5. A local Bahamian delicacy is coconut bread, a moist bread with a delicate crumb and flavour, which is magnificent toasted and served for breakfast. Try it if you have the chance!

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15 thoughts on “Colours of the Bahamas…Part 2

  1. What a beautiful smile your granddaughter has, Sherry!
    I love all of this wonderful color, especially since all we are seeing right now is a lot of white and gray.

    I absolutely LOVE the first photograph here. Such a wonderfully serene mood.

    Have a fantastic day!

  2. Last time I was in the Bahamas was back in 1986 when I was 5 months pregnant with my son! Your glorious images are bringing back some wonderful memories…the beautiful island colors and phenomenal food! Thank you for this, Sherry!

  3. What lovely colours for us to see and appreciate for all of us who are living in winter climates! I just love the flowers: hibiscus and bougainvillea. Wonderful golden hour shots too. What a cute little smiley granddaughter!
    I think I would really like that Bahamian delicacy of coconut bread, but a little less the rubbery ‘conk’!

  4. Wonderful to see such vibrant colours this time of year. ‘Briland’ looks like a special place to visit, with just the right mix of fun and natural beauty. You must have had a fantastic time, thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  5. So pretty and colorful but I bet you know which one is my favorite…right, your Granddaughter…I’m a kids kind of person…that is a million dollar smile right there…I love island colors. They always make the world seem right somehow…
    Congrats…Getty is so fortunate to have your work.

  6. What wonderful facts and that bread does sound delicious. But, oh, my! Your pictures are so lovely. Your granddaughter is lovely; that iconic tree is so dramatic; and that red door … well, I love most anything that’s red. Fun post!

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