Square Trees #28 – in my town

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge July: Square Tree

The nearest town to my place is Grafton. It hosts an annual floral festival, the oldest in Australia where the town spend ten days of purple madness and fun. Set when the Jacaranda Trees are in flower, this year from 29 October to 7 November, the town is awash in purple from the townsfolk dressed in purple to the magnificent trees showing all their glory.

Here is your song for today

The trees do look a treat

I love the purple of the trees against a grey sky, which seems to happen most years as it is also the start of our wet season.

The mass of flowers is great but they individual flowers look good as well.

While writing this post I also thought of a photo I posted many years ago. The building I was working in had a Jacaranda Tree close by. One day I noticed there was something in the tree. Sorry Becky, it’s not square.

Under the trees, a purple carpet

Debbies Six Word Saturday

In my town, Grafton, it is time for the Jacaranda trees to be at their showy best. Known as the Jacaranda City, the annual Jacaranda Festival has been put on hold but no one told the trees.

Purple

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Purple

Check out Debbies Purple – click on the above link – It is stunning and I was thinking what do I have that’s purple to be able to contribute to this photo challenge. There is no way I can do wonderful lights like Debbies post. But I do live in a city which just had it’s Jacaranda Festival and has Jacaranda trees. But I wanted more so it’s floral all the way.

Here’s my bit of Purple
Better start with a Jacaranda tree
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Purple berries from a native vine
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Looking into a Torenia flower
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Another Native flower from my place. Haven’t identified it as yet.
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The Native Wisteria or Wild Sarsparilla that grows all over my place
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and a regular Wisteria  with bonus Wanderer Butterfly
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Purple Pansies
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Another purple flower I found somewhere
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Wonderful Water Lilies
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Another Australian Native flower found on the coast, Purple Fringe Lily
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My old mates Iris
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Back to the streets of Graftonjacarands_named_grafton_oct 2017

Thought about a song. Here is the original from 1958

Places People Visit

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Places People Visit

I am going to be very home town for places people visit. At this time of year, my town of Grafton is awash with purple. The Jacaranda trees are starting to come into flower and the town is gearing up for the annual Jacaranda Festival.

The Jacaranda Festival is the longest running floral festival in Australia. People come from all over the world to Grafton to visit and wander the town, look at the gardens and marvel at the purple everywhere.

The trees look a treat
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There is even a few White Jacaranda trees around town
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The streets look a treat. When the blossoms drop the ground is a carpet of purple.
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Even the birds like to nest in the Jacaranda trees
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There is poignant street art.
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I have some people booked into my place this weekend from Taiwan so maybe I will have a busy few days over the weeks to come at the Durranbah Bush Retreat

CFFC

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 3

Topics include – Purple, Colours, Wood, Garage, Vintage Cars

A Fig Bird on the nest among the Purple Jacaranda flowers
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Not really a Vintage Car but a fabulous truck
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A Wood fungus
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The wonderful Colour on a leaf
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See other fun found at Cees

CFFC

Jacaranda

It would be very remiss of me not to have a Jacaranda in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter J

You see, the city closest to where I live, Grafton, has the oldest floral festival in Australia, the Jacaranda Festival which begins tomorrow. Grafton has many Asian tourists at the moment coming to see the spectacular Jacaranda trees which line many streets and are in nearly every park in town. It is a fun time especially next Thursday when lots of the shops dress up and put on a show to entertain the tourists and locals. The streets are paved with purple and I even saw a Japanese tourist making a Jacaranda “snow” angel in one of the parks.

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CFFC

Black & White Sunday – Maternal

The Fig Bird tending her nest among the Jacaranda blossoms

Checking on the nest before she settles down

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Keeping an eye on me

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Time to sit

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This is the colour version with the male Fig Bird on the nest

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See more great photos on Lost in Translations Black & White Sunday