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.