Saturday, May 28, 2011

part of a procession

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The jacaranda tree at Arlington Gardens, Pasadena

For three weeks in May, the jacaranda trees push their purple petals out and display them for all to see. On streets they line, it's like a parade, except they are the ones watching as you drive by, and they throw out their petaled-confetti like an invitation to drive a little slower. This celebration is short, like a last hurrah before the sun bears down and scorches all that tries to live in cooler months, and no longer part of a procession, we drive fast just to get to where we are going.

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