Friday, May 18, 2012

Jacarandas

I love jacarandas. The trees are in bloom all around Sevilla. Few leaves yet. Just magical masses of violet flowers set off against the dark wood of the branches and trunks. Take a walk with me.

LEAVING HOME THIS MORNING AND CROSSING TO THE PLAZA DE LA CONCORDIA.

PLAZA DEL MUSEO. THE PAINTER MURILLO FRAMED BY COLOR.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ON THE LEFT.

BACK IN OUR PLAZA.

THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF THE CHAPEL OF EL MUSEO.
COULD IT BE?  ANOTHER SPECIAL EVENT COMING SOON!

22 comments:

  1. "I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it".
    Remember that quote?
    m.

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    1. Mark:
      Sure do remember it. And you know how I hate to piss god off.

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  2. Thank You for this post! We have wintered in Mexico many times and one of the beauties I love are the jacarandas. We're in Ohio right now and sure as heck won't see anything like that here! You're really making me think seriously about spending a few months in Spain.

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    1. The Odd Essay:
      I always loved the jacarandas in Southern California, but had never seen so many large, old trees. They are spectacular. Start making your plans for a few months in Spain!

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  3. SO describe the aroma...there has to be a fragrance!!!!

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    1. Sophie/Ron:
      Hmmm... I'm not aware of a jacaranda fragrance ... other than the usual springtime fragrances that make me smile (while they make my eyes itch, my head hurt, my ears clog, my nose run).

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  4. OMG! Mitchell, thanks so much for these wonderful photos and the introduction to this tree. Have never seen a purple blossomed tree. Great!

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    1. Jim:
      I first saw these trees when we moved to San Diego in '93; they took my breath away. Seeing such huge old trees here is almost overwhelming.

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  5. Trees are a damned good invention, damned good!

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    1. The Owl Wood:
      I agree. Without trees, The Owl Wood would just be The Owl.

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  6. Hello Mitch:
    These are truly an amazing sight - and in such numbers!

    Kellemes hétvégét.

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    1. J&L:
      Incredibly beautiful.

      ¡Buen fin de semana a vosotros tambien!

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  7. I love the photograph of Murillo - I expected his brush to continue the painting. All this loveliness and good weather too! You chose well. Love to Dudo and Moose.

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    1. Elaine:
      I had wanted to get a closer photo of Murillo from the front, but the light wasn't right. We are so glad we chose Sevilla.

      Dudo would appreciate some attention right now. He's standing behind my chair with his front paws on my shoulder ... mewing. He wants me to play. I just have played for 20 minutes and I thought I had worn him out. No such luck. Kids!

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  8. I just can't get over how beautiful Sevilla is. It doesn't seem like Spain is "on the map" for many American tourists--I wonder why that is? It's so beautiful and historic!

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    1. Judith:
      Sevilla is a magical place for me. And, although we do see plenty of Americans, I think you're right that this is not as common a vacation spot for Americans as are places in Italy for example.

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  9. Just picture perfect postcards. Love them.

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    1. Thanks, Bob. I think I got them just in time. Rain coming over the weekend.

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  10. Absolutely GLORIOUS sight! As a hay-fever co-sufferer, it's quite some compensation to have one's spirits perked up by such a wonderful visual display as this.

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  11. Raybeard:
    The beauty makes the sacrifice worthwhile, doesn't it?

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  12. Gorgeous! I am in love. I wish I had some of these trees!

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    1. Jenners:
      I wonder if they can grow where you are. They're really stunning and still in full bloom here. The petals make a huge (but artistic) mess on the pavement as they drop.

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