02 November 2010

THE JAKARANDA CITY - proudly South African {Sunday, 17 October 2010}
We visited Pretoria again this year to once again capture the purple glory of its streets. Directly below are the Union Buildings with the city scape in front.
We left Johannesburg, with some friends, at 5:45am in order to capture the Pretoria Jakarandas in the soft morning light. It was actually freezing cold the whole of the morning which is quite strange for mid October here in Gauteng. During our early morning patrolling of the streets we stopped for a McDonalds coffee for some comforting warmth. We rounded off our early morning excursion with a hearty brunch at the Dairy Farm in Irene.






Proudly South African should actually be Proudly Brazillian, as the Jakaranda tree is not indigenous to SA but to Brazil {thanks Pam for confirming my facts}.
Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments.


  1. Elizabeth1:35 PM

    Desire - What beautiful pictures, never seen purple trees. Fantastic!!

  2. Die Jakarandas lyk pragtig!

  3. Wow your early morning excursion was well worth it...stunning, stunning photography my friend.


  4. Die Jakarandas was pragtig ten spyte van die droogte nê! Seker omdat ons verlede somer sulke lekker reën gehad het. Ek bewonder julle dat julle soveel moeite gedoen het om hulle te waardeer. Toe ons studente was, het ons onsself belowe ons sou aanhou smiddae onder die Jakarandas gaan stap, maar dit het nooi weer gebeur nadat ons ophou swot het nie! Skande! Dis sou 'n lekker tyd van die jaar.. Jakarandas en donderstorms!

  5. Its been forever... so sorry Desire. Beautiful tree and beautiful pictures as usual. When I come to visit I'm never disappointed with the photography.

  6. Did baie mooi en bring baie herhinneringe terug. Ek het elke jaar 'n punt daarvan gemaak om die kinders te neem om te sien en dan het ons gaan roomys eet op die grasperke voor die Uniegeboue...dis prentjieboek mooi.

  7. The wonderful Jakaranda, how we love it and Pretoria. It is a pity we cannot plant any new seedlings.

  8. Beautiful place and gorgeous pictures. Kind regards and thank you for your kind wishes.

  9. Stunning pictures and my favourite colour!!

  10. These trees have always been one of my favs...

  11. WOW...those trees are gorgeous..i'd love one in my back yard! beautiful! simply beautiful!
    hope you're doing well chickie ~ hugz

  12. These pictures are wow! I wish I could see them in person! Just beautiful!

  13. Oh, was für wunderschön blühende Bäume. Tolle Fotos. In dieser Violetten Farbe gibt es keine Bäume in Germany.
    LG Carmen


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