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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Eclectic Avenue

Del Mar Blvd. between Lake Avenue and Arroyo Parkway is purple with the bloom of Jacarandas right now. Ben posted a pretty shot at the sky is big in pasadena. I tried to get the effect of the avenue of trees—bright purple along both sides of the road, as far as the eye can see. But you have to stand in the middle and I didn't want to get arrested. (Letty would call me a piker.)

If you're a local, you need to get on your bike or in your car and take a ride down Del Mar—maybe down and back—while the Jacarandas are in bloom.

18 comments:

Knoxville Girl said...

Arrested?!? I'd worry more about getting run over! This is a very beautiful shot, and I can see the purple all the way down the street.

Jim said...

Beautiful picture, is it really over 90 degrees there?

Katie said...

What a beautiful street! You really captured the sense that it stretches on forever. Hope the purple lasts for a while. Trees really do make a difference; this same street without trees would be pretty bleak.

Petrea said...

There's that, too, knoxville girl. Still, I feel like going back and trying. Maybe in the early morning. If I ever got up early, that is.

Thanks, Jim. It's about 96 right now. Yesterday it got up to 98, I think. It's supposed to cool down starting tomorrow. Later this summer we'll have longer stretches where it stays that hot for a week or two, if history repeats itself.

Katie, we have a great local guide called Hometown Pasadena, which states that "Some 57,000 trees shade the streets", plus 25,000 park and wild trees, and another 123,000 estimated on private property. It's tree city around here.

marley said...

I enlarged your photo and the colour is awesome! Great shot :)

Bernie K. said...

Love that soft purple.

Leslie in Altadena said...

And when the blossoms begin to fall, it looks like an impressionist painting as the streets are purple too. Stunning!

Pont Girl said...

The Jacaranda are beautiful - there are in bloom all over town. The only downside is the mess they make all over the ground. I guess it's worth it though, to see all that gorgeous purple!

Neva said...

This is a beautiful photo even though I have never heard of a jacaranda before!

elizabeth said...

Yes, aren't they lovely?

I was in a long-distance relationship once, and I always wished that my boyfriend could have visited during May to see exactly this sight. :-)

Petrea said...

I'm glad you all enjoy the photo. Has anyone noticed the smell? I have a sensitive nose and although these trees are beautiful, when the blossoms fall they start to smell a bit rancid. Or is that just me?

USelaine said...

Petrea, I don't recall the smell of the trees, but it must be the trees that smell rancid, not you.

Ben Wideman said...

thanks for the nod! Great capture as usual. You're right, everyone in the area needs to pedal or drive down Del Mar and get a glimpse of this phenomenon. It's quite the sight to behold.

Petrea said...

uselaine, heeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Ben, one of these days we're literally going to bump into each other while taking pictures.

Dan said...

I love it when a Jacaranda lined avenue is in full bloom. I live on a similar street but the trees are not as mature as these yet. About ten years down out I´m hoping that my street will look just like this one.

Petrea said...

Hey, Dan's a tree expert!

TheChieftess said...

I do love the Jacarandas...and miss them!!! We have a big Jacaranda in our back yard...never noticed them smelling badly...but couldn't miss the mess!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

I think not everyone smells them, Chieftess. Maybe my nose is just sensitive.