Wednesday, 3 November 2021

The Joy of the Jacaranda

 October 2021

Jacarandas are native to South America and do very well in our sub tropical climate. They are deciduous, but only briefly, dropping their leaves in late winter /early spring. Their flowers appear early October with  fern-like leaves returning mid November, creating a welcome, green canopy of shade for summer.

Spotting the jacaranda's spectacular, lavendar blooms always boosts one's spirits. You can be driving through a leafy green suburb or out in the country, when suddenly a splash of purple bursts forth. It never fails to give me an injection of pure joy.  The streets and parks that have them planted tree after tree, are a glorious sight, with their lavender canopy of almost fluorescent blooms.  All too soon, they are showering the ground, road and footpaths with a carpet of intense colour.

This quote expresses the thrill of jacaranda month far more adequately than I.

"We always like to think of Jacaranda Season as an opportunity to connect with a sense of wonder - seeing the trees do their purple freeze-frame fireworks display; or just glancing up and seeing the sky through a curtain of purple blooms - there's nothing like these moments to plug us into a sense of gratitude for the here and now."

 The Hungry Hikers went on a Jacaranda search and in doing so, were able to record a total of 7 km walked. I'll now let my images do the talking.

Goodna Parklands















Spot the kangaroos!

Pring St, Tarragindi.




In a previous post I mentioned visiting the Kalbar Hay Bale Sculptures and a garden cafe that was closed. I have since visited with my husband and neighbours. It was a lovely morning sitting with our coffee under the giant trees, enjoying the gardens revived by the fortnight's rainfall.





This past weekend Joc and I visited the Tamborine Scarecrow Festival. We were wowed by the scarcrows and even more purple colour.


This corner of a friend's garden, beckons one to come and sit awhile.

 
And finally, that splash of colour on my morning walk, complimented by the dawn chorous.

Digressing from jacarandas, I have to share the sunrise of a few mornings ago, followed by a post dawn chorous.



Aristotle - "In all things of nature there is something marvellous."

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17 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous trees! And the flowers are so beautiful when seen from near!
    Needless to say we don't have anything like that. :D
    Thank you for the lovely post! Hugs!

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  2. Those purple blossoms are simply divine! We have nothing like that where I live. Thanks for sharing your photographs.

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  3. I envy your jacaranda season. Just gorgeous! It must be incredible to walk among those trees.

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      As beautiful as walking through the autumn leaves!

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  4. So pretty! I remember being in awe when I saw them while visiting Sydney years ago near the end of October.

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  5. Since my family and I are said to "bleed purple" because of our devotion to Kansas State University, those trees are especially beautiful to me. I just LOVE them. Thanks for sharing so many spectacular images. And even a parking lot can look like art when the sky is involved. As always, I loved experiencing your walks. (Now, if only I could burn the calories you do by simply enjoying your beautiful photos - ha!)

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      I love the purple Kansas connection.

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  6. Stunning to see those colours and amazing that the whole tree turns lavender purple. The dawn chorus was such an unexpected delight of our own Queensland trip

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  7. Oh! Those are gorgeous! Guessing it would be too cold here for them.

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    Just a tad! I would imagine that they could be found in Los Angeles.

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  9. You ladies were seeing purple! In the past I've visited the state of FL when the Jacarandas were blooming, but you have so many putting on a show in groups. Whether they're on the tree or on the ground, the effect is beautiful.

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