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Old October 10th, 2008, 01:23 PM   #1
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Purple October in Pretoria!

OK, my pics are horrible, because I took them with a dying cellphone camera.

But it shows some of the streets in Pretoria (capital of South Africa) as they currently appear. Close to 70 000 Jacarandas are in bloom all over Pretoria, and about the same amount of Jacarandas are beautifying Johannesburg at this stage...

I call this the purple wave - Waterkloof Suburb, Pretoria


Car racing by - actually you have to be careful, cars can actually skid on the blossoms!


Purple rain, pu-ur-ple ra-in - thanks for the music, prince







Very bad, grainy pic of Pretoria skyline
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Old October 10th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #2
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Not my pics, but thank you tswhane.gov tourism website

Streets


From the air - Pretoria and Johannesburg is today the largest man-made forest in the world. This was all open grassland savanna 100years ago.


Pretoria CBD, from the union buildings



Thunder!


The massive university of South Africa complex, with the telkom tower towards the right
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Old October 11th, 2008, 03:33 AM   #3
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oh wow. beautiful. reminds me of cherry blossom season in Maryland.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 09:52 AM   #4
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I love Jacarandas! They have to be one of my favourite trees along with the Sakura blossoms that grace Japanese cities.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 11:28 AM   #5
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Nice thread
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Old October 12th, 2008, 02:58 PM   #6
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Thank you for all the comments. The two cities are looking more amazing each day - thanks to these deep lilac blossoms. Now if only we can get our first summer thunderstorms to allow the dust to settle a bit!
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Old October 12th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #7
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Love them. One of my favourite trees.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #8
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Jacarandas r beautiful! we have them in some areas of the city overhere
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Old October 13th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #9
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Great looking city. Seemed safer than Joburg when I was there.
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Do you remember what street this is? I think that's the building I used to live in Thanks for the pics - I love October in Pretoria...
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Old October 14th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #11
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Do you remember what street this is? I think that's the building I used to live in Thanks for the pics - I love October in Pretoria...
This is Visagie Street in Berea, close to the CBD. It is just below the Transvaal Museum and the City Hall. Picture taken at the intersection of Visagie/Nelson Mandela - looking towards Visagie/Prinsloo streets.

Hope it helps.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 03:56 PM   #12
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More bad/taken-out-of-my-car-while-driving-with-cellphone-pics













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Old October 16th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #13
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it's so funny that this is what the city looks like on October! for us it's the beginning of autumn
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Old October 17th, 2008, 06:09 AM   #14
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Looks pretty nice.
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