I must update that while gray is still present on Bonaire, the popular trend for it is slowly fading away.
One of the wonderful things about Bonaire is the splendid variety of colors on the island. Color is who we are. Just look off shore to that lovely sapphire blue water. Below it are crimson squirrelfish, multihued octopi and totally tubular soft coral pipes in vibrant purple. And the rainbow display continues on shore. Flamingos strut their stuff in proper pink. Troupials sing away the day in bright orange tuxedos. And the loras, our endangered parrots, boast a vivid feather collage in green, red, yellow and turquoise.
This explosion of chroma has a strong effect on the people of the island. Just look at how folks adorn themselves for events like Karnival or Maskarada. But color displays can be witnessed every day just by looking at island houses. Bonaire is historically famous for its mustard yellow that graces many of the…
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Going from gray/yellow to flamingo pink in 30 minutes.
‘Scuse me while I kiss the sun.
Sometimes it is what’s around the main show that is more interesting. Just ask any Burning Man visitor. They are at this moment gathering in the Nevada desert. But here on Bonaire, I look away from the sun to see its effects at day’s end, tonight. It’s the show away from the show. Off Broadway, island style. A flower petal in the pool. The kittie, Boom!, playing with a leaf. A new sprout on the banana plant. A stump of wood I gathered on the land, a sentinel of an old tree now baking in the evening sun.