November 18, 2010

Jacarandas blooming all over

November is my favorite month in Buenos Aires. Not only is November 17th our arrival anniversary date, but spring is in the air, the air itself is the perfect temperature and most importantly, the Jacarandas are in bloom all over this beautiful city. These trees grace the plazas, line the major avenues, and provide explosions of unexpected color as they peek out on small streets among the more common trees. Whenever I see them, there is a burst of joy in my heart, and I remember to pause and take in their beauty. The blossoms don't last for very long, so it is important to take them in while they last.

The purple contrasts brilliantly with the bright green of the young leaves of the Tipa trees. Carlos Thays (my favorite 19th century French Landscape Artist) knew what he was doing when he planted these trees so close together all those many years ago. It is especially stunning in Plaza San Martin as there aren't so many Jacarandas and they lend a surprising burst of color.

I hope you enjoy the sample of some of my photos and the embedded slideshow below. You can see a larger slideshow on Flickr.  There is also a photo essay up on The Argentina Independent.

Jacaranda and Tipa
Purple Jacarandas, Green Tipas and the Blue and White Sky at Plaza San Martin
(Photo: Beatrice Murch)


Jacaranda at Plaza San Martin
A Jacaranda anchors the corner of Plaza de Mayo in the heart of Buenos Aires

Jacaranda Blossoms
Jacaranda Blossoms - to infinity and beyond!

Grass
Jacaranda blossoms carpet the ground in Recoleta
(Photo: Beatrice Murch)

Plaza Miserere garden
Plaza Miserere is home to a beautiful garden in the middle of the chaos of Once
(Photo: Beatrice Murch)


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13 comments:

lilas said...

What a treat to see these lovely photos which arrived via my rss feed. They remind me of my happiest days in the city and how glorious it can be. Thank you, Beatrice.

Lilas

Beatrice M said...

You're welcome Lilas! I hope you are well and that you enjoyed this little bit of purple beauty from afar. Thanks for reading!

Mr. Solid said...

this is perfect! the weather just got incredibly gray in SF

jontyjago said...

My parents have just left Buenos Aires after a month visiting me and in the last week or so they have been loving these trees. My mum thought they were Jacarandas and now I can confirm - thanks ;o)

Beatrice M said...

Thanks for stopping by Mr. Solid & jontyjago. Glad I could brighten up your day and confirm your Mum's guess. I hope your parents enjoyed Buenos Aires. They picked the perfect time for a visit.

Evandro Andaku said...

Astonishing pictures Beatrice. There are quite a few jacarandas here in São Paulo City too, especially at Ibirapuera Park. I will try to photograph them and post in my blog. I was missing your posts here. Excellent in the Argentina Independent too. Congratulations. Happy thanksgiving.

ANGÉLICA PEGAS/FOTOS/VIDEOS said...

HELLO BEATRICE!! QUE MARAVILLA DE BLOG. TU FOTOS DE ARBOLES SON LINDAS. IMAGENS MUY BELLAS DE BUENOS AIRES.. FELICITACIONES..
YO SOY DE BRASIL DE LA CIUDAD DE PORTO ALEGRE..
ABRAZOS..

IAMSNOWFLAKE said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! Thanks for letting me see my city from another angle. I was astonished by the "secret" garden you found in Plaza Miserere (Plaza Once). I usually drive thru the area and always thought it was barren land. I added your blog to my favorites blogs list so that more people can enjoy and get to know my city. http://dondehogar.blogspot.com/

Ayda´s Blog said...

Beautiful blog. I loved!

Cobalt Violet said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos!
We have Jacarandas in our neighborhood. They are so beautiful!

Mike Veenstra said...

Beautiful tree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ualZzcjjw

michelle jolene said...

when is the best time to see them? How long is the bloom? I have seen online there is a tree tunnel of jacarandas in Buenos Aires... but I can not locate where? Do you know where that is? Thank you! :)

Beatrice Murch said...

Michelle - the best time to see them is in November and there is a sort of "tunnel" of jacarandas in Plaza Lavalle in Tribunales. It's gorgeous.

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