Violet Rain

Our campus is ridiculously vibrant this time of year. The presence of the jacarandas signal two things: the arrival of spring and the onset of exams.

Generally purple is one of my least favourite colours. We used to have this huge lavender bush right outside our home, and whenever it bloomed this awfully pungent scent would smack you right in the face, not to mention the terrible bouts of allergies it brought on! Whenever I see a lavender-like purple now my head begins to throb. 

So obviously, the moment I realised the whole campus was due to turn purple I was slightly dismayed. 

However, being the vibrantly coloured place it is, the intense greens and browns of the campus surprisingly tempered the purple. It’s rather like a psychedelic painting really – very pop art-y colours which my camera does not do justice. 

There’s a myth here at UQ that if a single jacaranda falls on you, it means you’re going to fail your exams. The only way to reverse this is if you have seven more flowers fall on you.

 It’s unbelievable, but I find myself walking quite carefully under the trees nevertheless. 

This is an image of the stairs heading to my college – how lovely is it? Here at UQ we don’t walk on red carpets; we stroll on purple ones. 



2 Comments Add yours

  1. cicorm says:

    A purple carpet! Very novel, Helena… 🙂


    1. Helena Wang says:

      thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

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