Jacaranda Time!

Yes, it is that time of year when the city goes purple. Or lavender.

jacarandas on USC campus

The jacaranda trees go crazy for a while. There are stretches of several blocks long, jacarandas on Hoover Streetwhich are just lovely, all around the city. The two photos here are in the USC area. One is of a tree on campus, and the other shows a part of the lovely stretch running along Hoover from Adams to the 10 highway. There’s already a purple rain of blossoms on the ground under the trees, and as you walk under them you try to avoid crushing them, but it’ll be futile in a few days, as the ground will be covered with them. Fleetingly sad, but then you remember that they’ll be back next year, all crisp and fresh…

It’s quite marvellous that there are vistas similar to this all around the city. The purple city.

It’s interesting to note, to my surprise, that I did a post featuring jacarandas precisely this date last year. Evidently I have a very finely tuned internal clock that is in sync with the seasons of Los Angeles. One thing I am happy to not to have to repeat is a sequence of posts about the fire raging in nearby Griffith Park. Today is the first anniversary, and what a terrible evening that was. (On the plus side, I met one of my neighbours while we were both in the street staring at the fire, horrified, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.) It’ll take so long for the park to recover, but I am glad to see that it is looking relatively healthy in the burn areas already. Of course, the real test will be when the true dry periods come and all the light green and yellow shrivel away.

Well, even though I have not given the final exam for my course yet (as I did when I did the Jacaranda post last year), I can feel the transition to my Summer phase happening. I’m thinking more about research, planning new projects, and getting much more rose thorn scratches on my hands and dirt under my fingernails. It’s so good to see the Summer again…


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