Half-light with Jacaranda

jacarandaevening.JPGDriving through Lincoln Heights the other evening, in search of a large box of crayons, I came upon this dusky street in the deepening evening–lit for blocks with the incandescent glow of jacarandas in full-on violet bloom.

Jacaranda season always brings back memories: summers so hot it seemed the sidewalks would buckle upward with the heat & the burgeoning roots of the jacarandas, their instant burst into bloom violent and sudden; hot nights and more hours than I care to (or can) remember in the Rustic, living carefree and half-assed off the dregs of student loans, some money from teaching art, Pop-Tarts, & vodka.

I read a lot of Bukowski.

I don’t know if I remember it fondly or with regret; probably both. But the jacarandas still bloom this time every year, as the days get long and the night skies blur with heat.

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8 Replies to “Half-light with Jacaranda”

  1. Thanks for posting this! Im in love with those trees and have been struggling to find out what they are called for the past two weeks.

  2. Oh the Jacaranda! Where I went to high school they bloomed through May as well and that meant “school’s almost out!” That feeling of joyous freedom still bubbles up when I seem them blooming. Same thing with Agapanthus–same color, same bloom schedule.

  3. Maybe it’s just me but jac blooms always look more vibrant on overcast days than on bright and sunny ones.

    Hmmm. Wonder if that means they’re slightly fluorescent?

    (UV penetrates thin cloud, so fluorescent objects, which absorb UV and re-radiate it as visible light, look brighter than their surroundings on cloudy)

    Now I have to go collect some jacaranda blooms and break out the blacklight. :-)

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