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Jacarandas of Woolloomooloo

Jacarandas in Woolloomooloo

Jacarandas in Woolloomooloo

Jacarandas in Woolloomooloo

Jacarandas in Woolloomooloo, with two iconic Sydney buildings in the distance.

It’s that time again in Sydney when the jacaranda trees are in bloom. One argument holds that the first specimen in Australia was planted in 1864 (source) — not in Sydney, but they have since been planted here with enthusiasm.

A carpet of fallen jacaranda petals.

A carpet of fallen jacaranda petals.

My journey to work includes a short train ride from Bondi Junction to Martin Place. Just after the train leaves King’s Cross, you can see dots of purple off to the left — but look right, and you are treated to large pockets of intense purple. Last weekend, I took the train to King’s Cross and had a good wander around this area, known as Woolloomooloo (pronounced by Aussies as “Wullamulloo”). It’s a small suburb that originally grew up around a wharf (Finger Wharf) that juts into the harbour.

In this screengrab from Google Maps (satellite view), Finger Wharf is clear. I’ve outlined in yellow the rough borders of Woolloomooloo.

These next photos give a flavour of the types of original housing: rows of small, cramped accommodation for workers and their families (with and without jacarandas!). Walking around the area, you can see that many of the houses have been smartened up, but many still look, shall we less, less smart. It’s an interesting mix.

 

In this shot, you can see the corrugated metal roof of the building behind the flowers.

Jacaranda and corrugated metal roof.

Jacaranda and corrugated metal roof.

The dock work is long gone. The wharf itself (400m/1,310ft long and 63m/210ft wide, standing on 3,600 piles) now houses an upmarket hotel, luxury apartments and assorted eateries. Built between 1911 and 1915, in its day it was the largest wooden structure in the world. (source)

Interior of Finger Wharf. You can get a good idea of its size!

Let’s finish off with more of those flamboyant jacarandas.


Jacarandas and roses.

Jacarandas and roses.

I’m linking this to Jo’s Monday Walks, but I think she’s still in the Algarve as her site hasn’t been updated in a while.


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Sunday morning

red watering can early morning jacaranda
Drinking coffee on my balcony early this morning, I spotted this watering can sitting among fallen jacaranda flowers in a neighbour’s backyard. Lit by the sun, it glowed a warm red among the cool greens of the plants.

Update, 11 hours later.

Here is the same forlorn watering can, seen in what has become the habitual late-afternoon weather pattern in Sydney recently: a thunderstorm.

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Purple haze

It’s jacaranda time again in Sydney! I used to think that flowering cherry trees were show-offs, but they’ve got nothing on the clouds of fragrant purple-blue blossom that catch the eye in spring. The flowers fall gently to the ground and gather like purple snow along the edges of sidewalks. Their delicate scent hangs in the air, a cross between lilacs and grape-flavoured candy. I couldn’t resist capturing the fleeting beauty of two of these trees on my street — and it’s a great excuse to play around with my new camera. 🙂

The warm glow of the brick wall in the evening sun contrasts the cool purple-blues of the flowers.

The warm glow of the brick wall in the evening sun contrasts the cool purple-blues of the flowers.

In full sun, these flowers appear more purple than blue.

In full sun, these flowers appear more purple than blue.

Cool blues in the deep shade of evening.

Cool blues in the deep shade of evening.

Fallen petals framed by the metal posts of a fence.

Fallen petals framed by the metal posts of a fence.

One pink hibiscus among the blue jacarandas drifting along the sidewalk.

One pink hibiscus among the blue jacarandas drifting along the sidewalk.