within your branches we’d play
in your shadow we’d lay
shielded from the summer sun
you were there when we wanted to swing
behind you we sat when crying
or hid just for fun
into your bark we’d carve
the initials of lovers, now gone
and still you stood strong
you waved your branches in anger
at the wind and storm who scared us away
we were back before long
under you, our pets laid to rest
with you, childhood was blessed
around you, together we’d run
now your branches are bare
we’d hear them sigh, you are so dry
rest now, dear tree, your work is done
I always thought that the Jacaranda tree was a native to Australia. They seem to pop up everywhere. This tree was next to a unit I was looking at renting yesterday. I love the carpet of purple flowers the tree creates at the base. The flower is so soft and delicate. The tree grows so easily from the paper-like seeds which are found in their hundreds from split pods in late January. The seeds scatter on the wind. I so love the unique colour of the Jacaranda flower. There really is no other purple, or lilac colour just like it.
This photo was taken on my Samsung phone.
I took this photo years ago at Nord’s wharf near Newcastle in NSW Australia. Best weather shot I have taken so far I think.
I was experimenting with depth of field. I think this turned out ok.
Next to the beach,
Bundeena N.S.W. Australia