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Purple Rain

This is a close-up of the flowers of the jacaranda tree.  In this picture the colour is more blue, while the purple hues that can dominate under certain lighting circumstances is also visible.   As mentioned before, these trees flower mainly in October each year.  That is also the time that students at the University of Pretoria start with their exams.  An old 'belief' is that  when a jacaranda flower falls on your head while studying, you are sure to pass the exams.

On windy or rainy days these flowers fall in their droves from the trees, lining sidewalks and streets with a purple/blue carpet.  A first car driving over it will release popping sounds as the flowers are squashed.

Purple Rain is a song recorded by Prince and the Revolution for the movie Purple Rain.  Two striking lines from somewhere near the end of the song:

If you know what I'm singing about up here
C'mon raise your hand

comments (15)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Oct 2007, 06:50
Wow! And a nice title! And wonderful is your sensitive, poetical explanation! So my morning is beginning with lyrics! Thanks!
Louis: Glad to be of service smile and thanks for the comment Philine
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Oct 2007, 07:04
Great title, Louis.
And who could want more than a screen-full of these exquisite blooms.
Louis: I wanted more and have a city full of them smile Thanks for the comment ray
What a beautiful color Louis. I love it! (also love the urban legend of the jacaranda flower)
Louis: Typical of students I think. Try anything but studying to pass tongue Thanks for the comment Scarlet
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 31 Oct 2007, 07:46
Beautiful color that does remind me of purple rain. I'd love to see these raining down covering everything. Nice lighting, Louis!
Louis: I tried some purple carpet shots, but I am not happy with them. Maybe another time and different pose (by me). Thanks for the comment Kathryn
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2007, 09:28
Great idea for the title. The colour is outstanding Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tracy
I certainly have that song in my files but not on my music pages so, sorry, I can't send you any purple rain from Prince.
Louis: Oh I have it in my head ever since I picked the title smile Thanks for the try Mary
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 31 Oct 2007, 11:22
Beautiful screen of colour. And like the rain they fall on the ground and form beautiful puddles. (of purple)
Louis: Yes, you would know what it look like tongue Thanks for the comment Aussie
  • Coleen
  • South Africa
  • 31 Oct 2007, 11:38
Yes, I raise my hand. Very pretty time of the year for Pretoria! I have been fortunate enough to witness the beautifull purple carpet they leave when fallen.
Lovely Shot, Louis wink
Louis: Thanks for the vote Coleen smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2007, 15:36
I see you found a way to surgically remove the tower. These are as lovely up close as from afar.
Louis: It was difficult grin Thanks for the comment Martin
Beautiful colours and very different from my view here right now....Like the fact that you have filled the whole frame with flowers
Louis: You are having snow already. A friend of mine was in Munich 2 weeks ago and it started snowing then. Thanks for the comment Aksel.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 31 Oct 2007, 18:52
I Like the little fuzzy thing inside the flower smile
Louis: Thank you Magnus, they are fascinating.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2007, 19:20
You old softy smile Love the colours and the storey.

Louis: You wouldn't think it of me smile Thanks for recognising johnny
The blossoms look so delicate. Do they have a fragrance? Perfect title, by the way.
Wonderful, Louis. I like this. The next spring, I will be kind when the house trees bloom and you I teach it. Now seeing in detail of your flowers, I have doubts on if they are such! For my a LIKEY by the color!
Louis: Oh thank you Josè-Angel. That is an honour.
Like it very much, very artistic
Louis: Thanks a lot Zebigleb

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