October in Pretoria is a purple month.
It is the month when the numerous Jacaranda trees in the city bloom and transform Pretoria into a purple wonderland. Purple flower carpets cover the ground underneath the trees and the flowers above form a purple canopy, giving the illusion of a huge purple tent. They appear as if from nowhere , these beautiful purple blooms, between one day and the next, the trees are clothed in soft purple.
Suburban streets are filled with a soft hazy purple light from the overhanging blooming trees.
The carpets of blooms under the trees evoke little girl memories of imagined fairies living under the flowers.
Falling flowers remind me of student myth that a falling Jacaranda flower on the head means luck and a sure pass in the upcoming year end exams.
The purple Jacarandas in October mean home to me and always will .
Photos taken by the author on 17 October 2012