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Painting the town purple

November 27, 2010

When we write, we sometimes run out of words. This is because we come to the edge of the city of words, where there are no more words left in the place we find ourselves.
Stephen Muecke

Now beyond the limits of this city, I have no map, no compass, no words. All I have is my trusty camera to record what I see, to remember colour, shape, sound and smell while I can’t find the words to capture them for keeping.

Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival, Australia’s oldest floral festival and now in its 76th year, painted the town purple for one week in November. Tradition and the excuse to get purple and get silly were embraced by young and old. Here are some glimpses of our town in costume. There are more on my flickr page.

Jacaranda childrens' party

76th Jacaranda Queen crowning

The incumbent

Take aways

Ready and waiting

Jacaranda gloaming

Hula hips

Jacaranda fairies



Jacaranda Princesses on parade

Miss Showgirl

Seniors on segways

Leaps and bounds

Ladies of the Red Hat Society

A pack of pipers

Leader of the pack

The end.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. CecilieK permalink
    November 27, 2010 12:14

    Well done Fliss. I know just what it was like without being there.

  2. November 27, 2010 12:32

    These are great! Seriously great. I wish I could leave a more insightful comment…

  3. November 27, 2010 14:20

    Gosh you are one talented lady! I love these pictures

  4. Viktoria permalink
    November 27, 2010 15:22

    Gorgeous photos Felicity. I love the sight of a jacaranda in bloom. Looking out from the window of work it is amazing to see so many patches of purple from jacarandas in the neighbour hood. Country festivals are always fun.

  5. Rebecca permalink
    November 28, 2010 19:59

    Grafton looks so green and sweet that it is kind of freaky. Like the early parts of a David Lynch movie. Nice to see you posting – and enjoying the local colour( love the seniors on segways!!) xx

  6. November 30, 2010 10:04

    Where are all the men? The only ones I can see are in skirts!

  7. Eileen permalink
    January 23, 2011 18:43

    Thanks. Now I don’t feel bad for not going last year.

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