Jim Hill view towards Five Cays…….such calm turquoise waters today.
What an awesome day it was today. One look at that turquoise, flat calm water and a quick trip up Jim Hill ended up being a good two hours. There was an abundance of glorious wild flowers in full bloom after the rains of last week. The Turks and Caicos Islands are blessed with so much natural beauty.
The wispy, dried and twig like Broom Brush has undergone a transformation and now has white delicate flowers.
Most of the year, the Broom Brush goes un noticed as it looks withered and dry most of the time. The rains of last week created the greening of the branches and an abundance of delicate white flowers. The Broom Brush is endemic to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
Jacquemontia Havanensis is a twining vine and the flowers on this one had pretty pink highlights.
Many of the shrubs were covered with this little vine with star shaped flowers. Many were white but there are variations with pink and light blue colours.
I love the scent of the Bahama Strong Back which is similar to jasmine.
This shrub provides food for birds and insects and the fragrant flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies and the Bahama Woodstar Hummingbirds found in the Turks and Caicos. And when you boil the twigs and leaves making it into a tea, it relieves back pain and has medicinal properties. I’ve heard it is good for tummy problems too.
This Old Man Cactus is about to burst out with a beautiful flower……..it generally blooms at night.
Blooms are extraordinary…….satin like and with a cloying scent.
The Old Man Cactus flower is attractive to insects and butterflies and its bright red fruit is loved by our local birds.
The Wild Senna has beautiful bright yellow flowers.
The Candlewood when not flowering looks like a miniature holly bush.
The Candlewood has bright spikey orange flowers with four longer stems that look like candles, thus the name.
Encyclia Altissima, our beautiful wild orchid
I don’t know what this is but it was a pretty little daisy like weed.
Just love this one with its delicate seeds and turquoise sea background.
Sea Sage has to be one of my favourites with its multi pink and yellow cluster flowers.
Heading down Jim Hill towards the marina and Harbour Club Villas.
How I love the Wild Passionflower vine and this one was in full bloom….. check out the little caterpillar.
A little snail on the Sea Grape bush.
Pretty butterfly hovers above the passion vine.
The lovely Melochia with its’ pinkish purple flowers
A beautiful day, a wonderful photographic excursion to enjoy our local wildflowers.
Look around you as you enjoy our beautiful by nature islands.