Thursday, November 3, 2011

Purple Rain




Jacarandas! Our town has thousands of these beautiful South American trees lining the streets and they are all out in full bloom right now. Everywhere you look, you can't help but see wonderful hues of purple.




Some of the major streets are planted both sides with jacarandas as far as the eye can see, quite sensational.




Many of these trees are huge and over 100 years old with initial major plantings beginning in the 1880's. In other areas new jacaranda trees have been planted to replace those lost to age, storms or infrastructure upgrades. There are even a few white jacarandas.







The jacarandas are constantly dropping their flowers, like gentle purple rain 24/7, producing a purple carpet beneath.


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This week is peak season for tourists in our town with various annual activities planned for this time each year to coincide with the short jacaranda flowering season. I have played the tourist on a couple of occasions over the last few days, joyfully taking photos of this wonderful sea of purple.

Sharing at This or That ThursdayAnd Then She Snapped, Photo Story Friday, Shades of Autumn: Purple,
Macro Flowers Saturday, Our World Tuesday, Communal Global.


94 comments:

Giga said...

U nas pod drzewami leżą opadłe liście, a u Was kwiaty tak cudownych drzew. Widok niesamowity. Pozdrawiam

Jill said...

Wow! Just stunning! I have never seen these in bloom before.

Joyful said...

Wow that looks so beautiful. I've never seen an entire boulevard of jacaranda trees in full bloom. Where I live, we get apple and cherry blossoms in abundance like this in the spring. I love that time of year here. These photos remind me of it.

Saun said...

Wow! that is beautiful...

Pat said...

I love the shot of the flowering trees on both sides of the street. What a sight! And the photo of the flowers all over the grass? Splendid!

Robyn said...

I LOVE Jacaranda's! I remember my Gran's street back in South Africa was lined with them, and they make such a beautiful mess.

Except the one next door that doesn't look anything like this yet and leaves a mega mess on my car and in the drive - I can't park anywhere else.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love jacarandas!! And what gorgeous captures for the day! I, too, love all the blossoms on the grass! Beautiful colors! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Nadege, said...

They make such a glorious mess. Wonderful shots.

lisa said...

What an amazing sight this must be.
These trees are simply gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing them here!

Barb said...

What an amazing sight! I'm in awe . . . that street lined with them is pure heaven - you live in a magical place. I've seen Jacarandas blooming in Maui in April - usually just a single tree here and there and we will drive wherever we need to just to see it! :)

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, how beautiful. I've never seen anything like this.

ShonEjai said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Very nice photographs!

Jeanne said...

Karen, these are absolutely lovely. What a beautiful sight these must be. You have convinced me that Australia must be a truly amazing place. Thanks for sharing these great photos! Have a wonderful week! Jeanne

Karen said...

The Jacaranda is my favourite tree. Each time we move house I plant one. I just adore the purple carpet when the flowers fall to the ground.
Your photos are beautiful. The tree lined streets are amazing. Thank you.

Deanne said...

great shots Karen, we live in such a beautiful city!

tinajo said...

This is truly gorgeous - I´ve never seen that before! :-)

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

A sea of purple.. how absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for playing tourist.

Gemel said...

Delightful ♥

Jenni C's said...

every time i visit i find something beautiful, and today brought a sweet reminder of Pretoria the city i grew up in, it is called Jacaranda city here in South Africa, and when we were studying we always considered it luck if one fell on your head...no wonder so many South Africans have headed down under to your beautiful country...it reminds them of their old home...thx for sharing this beauty...

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Gorgeous ! I have never seen this trees. They are wonderful. Your photos are stunning !

Stacia said...

Wow! How beautiful. I've never seen anything like this before. You've just brightened my day tremendously!

geanina said...

wow is gorgeous this purple!!!:)

CameraCruise said...

Wow, beautiful photos!

s.c said...

Looks great.And so much.Love it

Larry said...

This is beyond breathtaking... the shape of the trees alone is marvelous, add the bloom and I don't know that I've ever seen anything quite as lovely! Larry

NatureFootstep said...

a sight never seen in my country. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Gone Country said...

What a beautiful sight! I've never seen a Jacaranda tree before.

Enjoy playing tourist!

Lauri said...

This collection is stunning. I would so love to see it in person. Thank You.

Nicky @ Awesomeville said...

Wow!! Simply amazing!!! I'm a new follower of your blog now ^_^

deb duty said...

I haven't heard of this tree before. It's beautiful and I love the tree lined street. What a gorgeous sight!

Deb said...

beautiful sea of lavender...do they smell good?

Judy said...

I have never seen that before, it's sooooo pretty!

Geneva said...

Speechless!

Lesley said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I want to come visit where you live-it just takes my breath away. Purple is my favorite color!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

*SCREAM* The purple is phenomenally gorgeous! A purple tree-lined road... they knew that they were doing way back in the 1880's... WoW! =)

Linda R. said...

These photos are stunning, Breathtakingly beautiful..

I would love to see that IRL..

Hugs, Linda

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow! The jacaranda season is magical and stunning - just like these shots. I was lucky enough to see it in South Africa once.

Anita Johnson said...

This is possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Not just beautiful petals, but actual flowers adorning the walks and roads. Outstanding!

La Principessa Errante said...

Stunning, just stunning

Cristina said...

wonderful!

DebC said...

Those trees are amazing.
Love the photo looking down the street with the trees on both sides.

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

Those are all stunning shots. I want some of those trees in my front yard, beautiful!

Gillian Olson said...

Gorgeous trees, and then the magical purple carpet. Must be a dazzling site first hand!

Ellie said...

What beautiful pictures the flowers are such a pretty colour. Wonderful shots!!!

Karin M. said...

Wow ... that looks so beautiful ... a wonderful wealth of flowers ..... I have seen these trees in Andalusia, fantastic ...
Your photos are stunning !
LG: Karin

Nayana said...

wow..amazing...amazing...ohh..it reminds me why I love spring so much:) beautiful purple...

Marion said...

Breathtaking! I love these trees, only saw them in the US thus far, we don't have them in the Netherlands.

Great shots!
Best regards, marion

Seeing Each Day said...

So lovely to see all your shots of the jacarandas in full bloom- how's the good old jacaranda queen/ princess competition going? I always thought that title was slightly more complimentary to the beef queen they had in Casino. I've been looking forward to seeing your jacaranda photos and you haven't disappointed of course- particularly love your 2nd and last shot.

guild-rez said...

I have seen Jacaranda trees with their beautiful blossoms in Mexico.
Love your pictures,
Gisela.

Sivinden said...

I've never seen this kind of tree. What a wonderful colour!

Filip Demuinck said...

This is one of the most beautiful pictures of blossoms I have ever seen.

Greetings,
Filip

Talibra said...

Aleja Jacarandy cudowna, pięknie to wygląda.
Pozdrawiam.

Tamar SB said...

Those are amazing pictures!!! Wow!

Connie Smiley said...

This is simply breathtaking! I want to visit!

Mama Zen said...

These are just stunning!

♥Sie♥ said...

WOW you are so blessed to live within a community..it is so clean and I am just stunned..it is so beautiful..those pix made me smile..thank you for this post ;)

Cecily R said...

WOWWWWW! That color is amazing!!

Andrea said...

the jacarandas that beauty, I love the colorful streets

Emily said...

Those trees are amazing! The color and light in that last photo is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Meyser said...

Oh waw! Stunning! I would never get to work if I lived in a street filled wuth jacarandas flowering... Great shots!

MarieHarmony said...

I have never seen trees with such a beautiful colour - Love the second photo,it looks like right taken from a fairy-tale land. Amazing!

Carletta said...

Yours is the second post this week I've seen of these lovely trees that I didn't know before.
Beautiful iamges!
I love the second shot of the tree lined street. That must be so beautiful to see in person.

Tezzie said...

That is seriously uh-MA-zing! Especially that last shot. *speechless awe*

Bree said...

AHHHHMAZING! This is now on my bucket list. I need to see this in person. THANK YOU for sharing!
xoxo, Bree

Bree said...

and i hope you don't mind... but I had to post a link on my blog ;)
http://gowersfam.blogspot.com/2011/11/shades-of-autumn-photo-challenge.html

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud said...

What a gorgeous neighborhood! Love these shots, especially the last one. So, so pretty!
Thanks for joining us in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. Next week's theme will be brown. See you then! Have a great weekend.

DaenelT said...

Love all the purple in your neighborhood. Gorgeous.

barefoot mama said...

WOW! So beautiful! Barefoot Mama

marijke said...

What fantastic it would be walking trough a capet of my favorite color of flowers. The tree's are wonderfull. We only have them in special greenhouses. We have the paulownia. She is also wearing clouds of purple flowers in spring.
Marijke

Helma said...

Something I've really never seen it happen here with the pink flowers, purple but we did not. I'm really open-mouth view your photos.

Greetings, Helma

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

I remember those trees growing up in Southern California- I miss them- they are so pretty!

Liz said...

oh my how pretty I wish we had those here. in MN.

shannon said...

My favorite color is purple so I think it would be awesome to be with those trees...so pretty! :c)

Janny said...

Wow this its amezing realy beautiful great shots I luve et very much
thanks for visit my blog
Have a nice weekend
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lisanne said...

...how wonderful!!!!
i love this pictures;-)
glg

lisanne

Susan said...

I love jacarandas! We keep thinking about planting one here, as they are just so gorgeous! Great job playing tourist, you captured some great purples!

alicia said...

Love the purple lined street. Wow!!

Modern Mom said...

Purple rain indeed! What a lovely place.

Pink Hibiscus

Cathy said...

We have avenues of pink, but never this color of purple. This is a beautiful sight...thank you.

Ann said...

Thanks for the macro, I never look closeup at the flower. We have these trees too.

Miriam said...

I have never seen such beautiful blossom, thank you so much, So glad I called by from Shades of Autumn.

Michelle said...

That's it... I'm moving to Australia. Wow, these are stunning.

Red Nomad OZ said...

When I saw your title, I thought I was going to see photos of Salvation Jane!! Nice surprise!!

Indrani said...

Very beautiful captures, it looks like a blanket of flowers there.

Valerie said...

Stunning captures of equally stunning trees! They are a source of much delight. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow. This is so beautiful. I love your eye for HIS beauty in our world. I would love to see that purple rain! :)

Scott said...

Wow! Those trees are awesome. Just beautiful.

momphotographer said...

OMG! Those are just amazing. I would be in heaven if I was there. I love purple color and I love Fall... :) Beautiful pictures!!!

May said...

When I saw the first picture I thought the grass produced such amazing flowers. The second picture just blew me away. Are they Australia's kind of spring flowers?? Makes me wanna visit just to take in that sight!!!

Susanne said...

I don't think I have ever seen anything so pretty as this purple splendor! All I can say is WOW!

hannah said...

Heaven on earth.
Your towns and cities seem to have taken such brilliant care in their town planning. It must be wonderful to live on a street like that. Thanks for showing us this.

Jackie said...

Golly...no wonder you've got 91 comments, here comes 92. I have heard of Jacaranda trees but had never seen a picture of one before, at least not to my recollection, and certainly not one in bloom. They are absolutely beautiful, wish I could grow one here! They are magnificent and must look glorious lining any road when in flower. Love your 'purple rain.'

Genie said...

I am not surprised you have over 90 comments on these fabulous captures. They are out of this world. I adore lavender so would be in heaven walking on those streets. I love the way the bloom become a purple carpet oboe the green grass. Gorgeous. genie

In Wonder said...

absolutely beaUtiful. WOW. thank you for taking time to click and share these! we are having a rainy,drizzly day here and this brightened the day!

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