Evening photo: Lightening in Australia

Lightning on a stormy evening near Port Hedland, Western Australia, ignites bushfires that send up an orange glow. A common threat to safety in the province during summer months, bushfires can start without warning and move quickly through vast areas. By Pierre Destribats.

Bonus: Jacaranda Tree Tunnel, Sydney, Australia (found on Pinterest, no photographer given).


  • Brett_McS

    There would be quite a few Jacaranda festivals around the world, I guess. The biggest local one is in Grafton, a few hours north of here:


    • Frau Katze

      They’re a spectacular-looking tree. The climate is too cold everywhere in Canada for them. I have seen pix from the US south. Perhaps they can’t tolerate freezing?

    • Frau Katze

      As I suspected: a mature tree can tolerate at most a few hours of freezing temps. So Canada is definitely out, even here in Victoria, the warmest climate in Canada. We get cold spells with the temp below freezing for several days.

      The blue jacaranda has been cultivated in almost every part of the world where there is no risk of frost; established trees can however tolerate brief spells of temperatures down to around −7 °C (19 °F). In the USA, 48 km (30 mi) east of Los Angeles where winter temps can dip to −12 °C (10 °F) for short several-hour periods, the mature tree survives with little or no visible damage.

      In the United States, it grows in parts of Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Florida, the Mediterranean coast of Spain, in southern Portugal (very noticeably in Lisbon), southern Italy (in Naples and Cagliari it’s quite easy to come across beautiful specimens). It was introduced to Cape Town by Baron von Ludwig in about 1829. It is regarded as an invasive species in parts of South Africa and Queensland, Australia, the latter of which has had problems with the Blue Jacaranda preventing growth of native species. Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, also see the growth of many Jacarandas.