As pilot I used to love flying in from the south east, from maybe Exuma or Rock Sound Eleuthera around this time of year. We would hit the southern shoreline and traverse the island heading to towards the airport. We crossed the land with a birds eye view and were treated to a stunning display of the gorgeous and vibrant Poincianna trees that cover New Providence, a carpet of green with vivid red bursts giving the appearance that the island is on fire in a beautiful way.
The view from the atop the Baha Mar resort during our recent site tour!
Truly a wonderful sight, the almost breathtaking intensity of the colors and from the air you see just how much of the island is home to these trees that are so stunning when in bloom.
The Royal Poincianna tree is also, and very aptly known as either the 'Flame Tree' and is a native of the tropics, including of course our Bahamaland. Delonix Regia is the scientific name and regia means regal, royal or magnificent, all perfect descriptions of this majestic species.
With a canopy that is often wider than the tree is tall, poincianas make great shade trees. They bloom from late spring through mid summer and when at their peak are truly beautiful. Go to our facebook page and post your best poinciana picture and check out the other spectacular examples including the one below taken by Ken!