It’s “Purple Season” in San Diego!

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People like to say that we have no seasons in San Diego. I beg to differ. In fact, we have more seasons than most areas of the world:

December 1-January 15—Rainy season
January 1-December 31—Flower season
January 15–March 31—Spring
April 1-October 31—Summer
May 1-May 31—Purple season
May 1-October 31—Fire season
May 15-September 15—Tourist season

Purple season is ramping up significantly right now. The Jacarandas are at the height of their bloom….

Jacarandas on Ash Street in downtown San Diego

….and the lilies of the Nile are bursting out in color everywhere….

Agapanthus or lily of the nile

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Long-time readers know of my love of Mother & Father Nature’s creations, as well as some of man’s creations, like trains….

So when I found a spot where the trains are zooming by some newly planted, and blooming, jacarandas, I had to pull over, get out, and take some pictures.

Here’s my favorite:

img_1699 amtrak jacaranda train railroad stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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34 thoughts on “It’s “Purple Season” in San Diego!

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I had to give Zoey the Cool Cat a raise yesterday. Too many people were saying things like, “Zoey Cat is still stealing the show.” She got a big head and demanded a raise. Who am I to argue?

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      1. Pit

        Hi Russel,
        Yes, all is well here. Thanks for asking. Have just returned from a nice 22-mile bicycle ride and feel great. Am getting back in shape after too long a pause plus heart procedure [catheter & stent].
        Hope you’re doing fine, too.
        Take care,
        Pit

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        1. Pit

          I’m trying to improve and get back into my former state of fitness. I’ve done not enough exercising in the last two years, partly due to that ghastly traffic down south [Karnes County] with the oil boom. Being on the roads there on the bicycle is life threatening. Actually, it’s life threatening in a car, too. But now I’m getting back into shape again.

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          1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

            Life threatening? Ha! Riding a bike or driving a car in Houston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston……. Those are life threatening!……………..LOL

            San Diego is in the process of trying to make bike riding less life threatening by allowing cyclists to use the full lane on side streets and such. Everywhere except the freeway. Unfortunately, with half the drivers texting, I don’t trust them to see me in front of them. Interestingly, though, many cities here make it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalks, so it’s die in the street or get a ticket on the sidewalks. In other words, I walk, drive, or take the Trolley…………

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            1. Pit

              Hi Russel,
              I don’t think I’d like to ride my bike in Houston or Dallas, or any other big city in the US at that. As to “life threatening”: it’s become that on the roads in Karnes County, too, with the traffic caused by the oil boom. That – the traffic – is the main reason why we moved to Fredericksburg.
              Even as a bicyclist I don’t believe that using the full lane is a good idea. I do keep to the right hand side of the lane, but not too close. I’ve found that, if as a bicyclist I stay too far to the right, cars don’t give me too much of a berth. They give me more, if I’m somewhat in the lane.
              I agree: I’m really afraid of people texting while driving. But still, I wouldn’t want to ride on the sidewalk.
              What I would really want is bicycle lanes as in Germany – in the cities and also out in the countryside.
              Have a good one,
              Pit

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              1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                On our newer roads we have dedicated bike lanes. Some of the renovated older roads, as well. But in the older neighborhoods where there’s just no room to do anything they are giving bikes the privilege of using the whole lane. Unfortunately, many car drivers don’t like that, and therein lies the problem.

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                1. Pit

                  I know it’s mostly the car drivers that are the problem. We had a letter-to-the-editor here in our local newspaper a few weeks ago by a driver who plainly denied recreational bicyclists their right to use roads. And I was once told be a police officer that here that I wasn’t allowed to use the roadway, of TX 16 here, with barely a shoulder at all, and one not at all suited to bicycle on.
                  We certainly need better education for drivers. But, I must admit, sometimes also for bicyclists. I often see some riding abreast without regards to the following traffic, even if they’re two only. Likewise I don’t think that the critical mass events are a good idea. We all need commin sense and mutual understanding.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Definitely in someone else’s yard! I understand that completely. Same thing with the sweetgum. Yes, they are beautiful in the fall for three weeks, but one can spend a whole day raking leaves once a week.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Made even worse if one forgot to wax the car last month. The flowers are quite acidic and, coupled with a little rain, or just the night dew, can leave some interesting designs in the paint job.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Pictures really don’t do them justice. In fact, just seeing a single tree doesn’t do them justice. A street several blocks long, lined on both sides by jacarandas, is what does them justice.

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