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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blue Clouds

Everywhere you turn these days in and around Los Angeles, there are Jacaranda trees covered with purple-blue flowers...


The plumes, balanced on poetically gnarled trunks, look like blue clouds in the late afternoon light....


Lovely blooms -- always as many on the tress as on the ground -- mark the city's colorful transition from spring to summer...


In honor of the Summer Solstice this week, I took these pictures of the two old Jacaranda trees shading the lawn in front of our flat.

Hope you're having a lovely week so far.

My friend Elaine is returning to LA from Paris tomorrow. I'm picking her up from LAX in the afternoon. Can't wait!

UPDATE: My orange shoes are on sale here!


Blogger Ms Smart said...

love our purple trees. a very cool southern CA thing. dig your cute shoes too.

June 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

beautiful flowers... but what fun shoes!! great contrast in color... you totally did that on purpose hehe :)

June 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful flowers dear. love the contrast in the last picture between your flats and the petals :)

June 22, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

I love Jacaranda trees! They remind me of Christmas time and summer holidays as a kid.

June 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger roseleann said...

Oh, I love your shoes - what a great color they are!! The trees are beautiful...nothing like them here in the Northeast.

June 22, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger jessie.mae said... lovely. my favorite thing about early june here in southern california.

June 22, 2010 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

aahh, gorgeous! such a beautiful colour.

June 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Beautiful trees and colours! The roses in my garden have created a similar effect but gorgeous pinks scattered around!

June 23, 2010 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger 21st Century Housewife¬© said...

Oh my goodness they are beautiful - and so are your wonderful shoes!!

June 23, 2010 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger maria said...

yes the colours of jacaranda trees are so beautiful. thanks god for nature.
have a great time with your friend!

June 23, 2010 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger VICKI ARCHER said...

I miss Jacarandas so much....they remind me of Christmas time in Australia....Thank you for the lovely shots, xv.

June 23, 2010 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

So very pretty, Tina...

June 23, 2010 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger Jess *^_^* said...

How very beautiful! Purple trees, what could be nicer!xx

June 23, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

these are wonderful
what did you take them with? iPhone? if iPhone, what did you edit with?
your iPhone photography makes me drool

June 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Oh I love jacarandas .... I live in Brisbane, Australia and jacarandahs blooming always signals exam time for uni students here, I'll never forget those days!

June 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger reckless daughter said...

I get to see tons of these trees on my way to and from work lately! Cresent Heights in particular has a bunch! so pretty!

June 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger isabelle said...

wow so beautiful! its so unlikely to see purple trees

mlle isabelle

June 23, 2010 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

I love our jacaranda trees - they are so gorgeous! :)

June 23, 2010 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you!! i took them with my iphone, edited on flickr...
the orange shoes are by apepazza :)

June 23, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

You really are an amazing photographer, Tina. Gorgeous photos:)

June 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger SO RANDOM said...

nice blog! I follow u
I like the third photo

June 25, 2010 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Jen Zahigian said...

Ah, I've been seeing those trees around, and wondered what they were called... beautiful!

June 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what adorable shoes! and that milk cake sounds devine!

June 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Tiger_Lili said...

i love all your pictures!
they capture the colors so perfectly!
at home, my street is lined on both sides with jacarandas, and, as you say, they cover both the sky and the ground, making one feel that one is positively swimming in an ocean of purple flowers.
hope all goes well with your friend!

June 26, 2010 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Sorcerer said...

Hey!! ya know..even in Bangalore, the place I live in..the roads are lined up with beautiful trees with flowers..
Its so amazing to take a morning jog...its so lovely with flowers and the mist.
reminded me of such a fresh moment.

Good work..will keep coming back for more

June 29, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you've made me all nostalgic again! Growing up in my beautiful leafy suburb, the streets would be a carpet of velvety purple every year as the jacaranda trees that lined the pavements would shed their blooms. I remember the smell and the bees that would be buzzing about (i'd never learn and would always run about with bare feet - my mother always had to have bee sting remedy on hand).

What a beautiful sight to have from your flat!

Miss B xx

July 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

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