Last week, on my drive home from my usual Thursday specialist appointment in the city, I noticed that one of my favourite trees was beginning to bloom all over Brisbane - The Jacaranda.
I don't know what it is about these trees that brings me such excitment & joy but I do know it dates back to the year we moved to Grafton (NSW) from Melbourne (VIC) - it was 1988. We only lived there for a year, before we moved north to Brisbane (QLD), but the Jacaranda tree-lined streets in Grafton had a lasting impact on me.
I loved the Jacaranda so much, that planted one in our front yard when I bought my house in 1999 and photographed it every year as it grew taller and flowered each October. I just love the beautiful purple-blue flowers.
Driving home from numerous appointments & tests this week, I decided that I would find some worth photographing (as I no longer own my lovely home in the Redlands, near Moreton Bay).
On Thursday, I saw a meter parking spot as I drove past the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens so I pulled over and went for a little walk. I only managed to find one Jacaranda in the gardens.
However, when I walked down to the river, I found this one across the Brisbane River below the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
And this one, across the river beside St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point.
I also discovered this one just beginning to bloom in front of a gorgeous little "Queenslander" on my way down to Wellington Point the other day:
And this the Jacaranda I planted back in 1999 when I bought my house - I can't believe how much it's grown in the last 2 years, since I sold my house!!
I love the carpet of fallen flowers on the lawn.
The same Jacaranda against the night sky: