Thursday, November 9, 2017

Jacaranda Love





















 











There's something breathtaking about trees covered in masses of purple flowers. Mid Spring every year our town erupts into glorious displays of purple as the hundreds of jacaranda trees briefly flower in a magnificent display. Many of the these gracious trees are over 100 years old, with mature trunks and spreading branches attesting to their many years. 

Since 1935 Grafton has celebration this beautiful time of year with the annual Jacaranda Festival, a special time for both locals and tourists. Commencing on the last weekend in October through to the first weekend of November every year, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival is the longest running floral festival in Australia, complete with the crowning of a Jacaranda Queen, Princess and other 'royal' party members.

Many of the photos above were taken at or near See Park, our largest park in town which continues to be a favourite location for tourists and locals like myself who 'play tourist' with cameras at this wonderful time of year. There is also an increasing number of international visitors enjoying out purple streets, with quite a few choosing to have photos taken in their wedding clothes under the jacarandas. This year's street float parade even included a surprise proposal, to the delight of the would-be bride and the crowds.

Most of the jacarandas have almost finished flowering, although some linger longer. Soon these South American trees will be bare as their lush fern-like green leaves grow to provide a feathery green summer shade.

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26 comments:

Lynette said...

This is breathtaking! WOW, would I love to see it in real life. Thank you so much for sharing.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Beautiful pics!

s.c said...

Stunning. Only the Japanese cherry blossom saison is a worthy opponent. Thanks for showing.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Thanks s.c.. I’ve never seen cherry blossoms in real life but the photos of them are stunning. I wonder if cherry blossoms last longer than the jacaranda flowers.

✿ chica said...

Muito lindos! Aqui na minha rua tenho essas √°rvores. bjs, chica e tudo de bom!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I always enjoy your posts about this beautiful tree every spring in your country. Absolutely breathtaking for sure.

Enjoy your day and springtime weather and beauty ~ FlowerLady

diane b said...

I am so happy that i got to visit Grafton in the jacaranda season. I have wanted to do it in ages. It was even more beautiful than I imagined.Just as your photos show.

Michelle said...

Wow, I have never seen this type of tree. What glorious color! Do they have a scent that fills the air?

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a lovely spring when we are starting to experience winter and a bit of snow here in the north. Your photos bring a welcome refreshed feeling to my day.

Fun60 said...

Absolutely stunning.

Janneke said...

Beautiful spring in Australia. Love the flowering Jacarandas, I think I love these flowers even more because we don't have them in our climate and people always want to have something they cannot have, haha.

O'Quilts said...

Just stunning...reminding me of those trees when I lived in Miami, Florida...beautiful

Cathy said...

Stunning...remind me to visit during this season of the blooming jacaranda trees if I ever get the chance to visit your country!
Well-done!

Olivier Bailleux said...

Thank you for these magical images.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Diane,
I am so pleased your visit didn’t disappoint. Most the Jacaranda trees have now dropped the bulk of their flowers yet as you discovered there are always other trees and flowers to admire - and the river and buildings.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Michelle,
The jacarandas are beautiful and have a mild scent. We also have a few jacaranda trees which have only white flowers - a little less spectacular than the purple blossoms.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Anne,

I’m pleased you enjoyed these photos and found them refreshing. It’s hard for me to imagine living in a place where the winters are white and bare.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Came over from Diane's blog. Beauful creative photos.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Karen,
Very wonderful shots. Great to see the whole nature with the purple colors.
So wonderful.

Best regards,
Marco

Liz said...

So much gorgeous purple!!
We were hoping to get down this year but Michael's surgery threw a spanner in the works... hopefully next year!

Kim Standard said...

I am amazed at these purple trees. I now know they are called jacaranda trees! I saw your blog at Adveture before dementia....your is aptly named

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Liz,

I hope it works out for you to catch Grafton in jacaranda season…. If next winter is warm like this one it would be be best to plan to come on the early side as the jacarandas tended to flower and finish a little early this year.

Karen

Joyful said...

Beautiful images, all though I especially enjoy your jacaranda photos each year. You are a terrific photographer and very creative in general. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

Let's Get Sewing said...

Your photos make me really feel as though I am there! Absolutely stunning.

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing all those Jacarandas in their glory. So much purple, so beautiful.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Your welcome Julie. It surely has been beautiful - and more enjoyable than many years as the summer heat hasn’t set in yet.

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