One of the first things we noticed when we arrived in the greater Sydney area were these beautiful purple blossoms.  It is the JACARANDA tree that is responsible for such picturesque sight.  The Sydney area is dotted with these trees and we were fortunate to be visiting the area during the Australian Spring when they are in full blossom.  Apparantly the Jacaranda tree is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean and have been introduced to Australia.  I guess this is one of the few good news stories of introducing foreign species to the continent of Australia because they are absolutely magnificent when in full blossom!!!

11/22/2011 06:08:05 am

Hi John and Family! What a time you guys are having! Seeing all the animals native to Australia (and New Zealand) . The Jacarandas are fantastic, aren't they? I saw some beautiful ones in Mexico - loved the architecture of the Sydney Opera House.Keep sending those blogs, everyone - love reading about your adventures -- Lots of love - Nena


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