The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom in Brisbane right now. It is Spring here and the city is bursting in purple blooms in tree-lined streets and dottings in and around the city. It is a magical time of year and the quintessential image of Brisbane. Adding to that magic is a lovely purple blanket of fallen blossoms. Traditionally signalling the beginning of the exam season, it is said that if you haven’t started studying by the time the trees are bursting then you are doomed.

The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is the site of Australia’s first grown Jacaranda tree and was depicted in the 1903 painting by Richard Godfrey Rivers titled “Under the Jacaranda Tree”. The painting is of the artist and his wife Selina taking tea under the tree. That tree was a Brisbane landmark until it was knocked over by a cyclone in 1980.

I am grateful to Walter Hill  who planted the first tree here in 1864. He was at the time the superintendent of Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and obtained the Jacaranda seed from Brazil via the Australian wheat ships that traded with South America. It has brought so much beauty to our city.

Here’s a poem I wrote a few years back:


September blooms of purple hues,
adorn the city street.
And in bright splendour praises Spring,
where limbs and feathers meet.

Amid soft purple hues I lay,
to rest my weary head.
In fantasies drifting away,
upon a sprinkled spread.

Copyright © October 2011 Norma Martiri

Under the Jacaranda Tree by Richard Godfrey Rivers 1903

A Day in the Park

I took this photo back in September when we went to Toowoomba for the weekend. Toowoomba is a regional city about an hour and a half drive west of Brisbane with a population of approx 160,000. It is nicknamed “The Garden City” and boasts about 150 public parks. This is an example of one of them. Toowoomba holds a “Carnival of Flowers” every September and the city is dressed in glory with flowers everywhere, and I mean everywhere! It’s a beautiful city and one of my favourite places to be in Spring. More photos to come soon 🙂


Happiness is a New Lens

Thank you everyone who responded to my request a couple of posts back. I really appreciated your comments. I’m happy to say that I settled for the 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM as suggested by LensScaper. I haven’t had much time to play around with it but I managed to shoot this today. I am very happy with it and I think it will be perfect for my upcoming trip. Thanks Andy. I’m going to go absolutely berserk shooting in Europe 🙂


Another Rainy Day

It’s still raining in “sunny” Queensland and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping any time soon. It’s been raining for two weeks straight and some areas have flooded again. I managed to take the dogs for a walk yesterday in a welcomed break but it was back again today so there’s not much happening. I needed to get out and do something this afternoon so I had a little wander around our very soggy backyard and took a couple of shots.  I love the rain but even I’m over it now.

Purple Flower