The theme this week is Jacaranda. (Yeah, I had the same reaction!)
Jacaranda (//) is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central America, South America (especially Brazil and Argentina), Cuba, Hispaniola and the Bahamas. It has been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, India, Fiji, Portugal and parts of Africa. The genus name is also used as the common name.
So no, I have never seen a Jacaranda tree let alone had the opportunity to photograph any. But the thing that strikes you right away is the color. (You can go to Thea's site and see it.) Here in the northeast US our trees are displaying amazing colors as well, just different. And that brings me to this week's theme.