A Jacarandas Walk In Johannesburg
I’m an evil wife. The hubby works weekdays while I play. And come weekends, you would think that I would let him rest. But no, I drag him out to play too.
Especially last weekend. The jacarandas in the city were finally in full bloom. I couldn’t wait to go for a long walk to see them. I’ve been waiting for an entire year for them to bloom again!
Last year this time, we had just arrived in the city and I could see the trees but was too scared when we walked down the streets to appreciate their beauty. So this year, I wanted to go back to the same streets we had walked on before to enjoy the spectacular blooms.
These beauties are not indigenous here and were transported from South America like a hundred years ago and planted all over the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. We hear that they are considered invasive species and affect the growth of other native plants, so once these jacaranda trees go, that’ll be the end of the purple paradise. They ain’t planting no more.
So enjoy them while they last!
The hubby points me to more jacaranda trees.
There was a thunderstorm the night before and we had thought that the trees would be bald that morning. Turned out that they were still standing gloriously pretty, and they also lined the streets with a sheet of purple! It was beautiful.
I loved the reflection of the tree and the starburst in this shot.
The hubby collects some to have a closer look.
This is really one of the best times to come to Johannesburg. Even as one drives along the street, it’s a feast for the eyes to be surrounded by so much purple.
Yet one more reason to love Jozi. =)