I think I am starting a tradition without meaning to. Here is another Friday "Glimpse of Orange County" post to end your week (or begin your weekend). If you live around here these posts might bore you to tears. Or, hopefully, they remind you to appreciate your surroundings.
Recently Briefcase was visited by a work associate from Europe. The gentleman lived in the U.S. until a few years ago, but not in California. He was in town only for a few days and he was startled by some of the scenery in Orange County. He thought the beaches were breathtaking (duh!), he could not believe the number of palm trees (everywhere!) and he had never seen outdoor malls before. Yes, we have outdoor malls with fountains, ocean views, and palm trees and I would never have thought twice about it until he FREAKED OUT when he saw one!
The one thing he could not stop talking about, however, were the "purple trees". The purple trees were amazing, startling, unbelievable. Without question, he found them simply awe inspiring. Jacaranda trees are beautiful, but to be honest I take them for granted. If this man had not mentioned how unusual he found them, I would not have thought to share a picture with you.
Jacaranda trees are probably at their prettiest in the month of May, but this picture was taken mid June and there are still a lot of blossoms. They grow in "sub-tropical" climates. Here's a closer look:
Jacaranda's line a lot of the city streets in Orange County because they are so beautiful. Here is a google image of a street full of them because I am too lazy to traipse around taking anymore pictures today.
The negative thing about these trees is they eventually lose all those flowers. And when they do? It causes quite a mess. The petals can stain if they land on sidewalks or patios. Nonetheless, driving down a street with a line of Jacarandas in bloom is quite a beautiful sight.
Once again, happy Friday everybody!