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!

Sharing with Random Five Friday.

Philosopher in red…


The scene here is the Philosopher’s Walk in Toronto, a scenic footpath not far from the famous intersection of Yonge and Bloor (where I used to work many years ago).

This hidden byway runs in the north-south direction. On one side is the Royal Ontario Museum and on the other is the Royal Conservatory of Music. As you walk (or bicycle) you are surrounded by beautiful Old Victorian buildings and stately old trees. Sometimes you will hear musicians rehearsing in the courtyards. This is the heart of the University of Toronto campus. If you head south from Bloor, you reach the trendy Annex neighbourhood. It’s a handy shortcut for many.

I was surprised to learn that the path follows a ravine landscape created by Taddle Creek, which was once a natural waterway and is now flowing underground. People from all over of all ages come here to people watch and enjoy the verdant loveliness right in the heart of the city. And perhaps to philosophize.

The August Break 2013