Submissions: Angelenos, Show Us Your Jacaranda Trees

Last week we asked our Los Angeles readers to take photos of the annual "purple rain" that falls over the city: the blooming of the jacaranda tree.

Last week we asked our Los Angeles readers to take photos of the annual “purple rain” that falls over the city: the blooming of the jacaranda tree. From the lavender canopies over city streets to the flurries of blossoms that decorate the sidewalks and lawns, the jacaranda makes for one of the most colorful signs of summer.

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Time Travel, Bike Week, and Jacarandas: A Look Back at May for GOOD LA

As our first full month at GOOD LA comes to a close, we look back on the big stories, the big parties, and the big updates that shaped May.

Today ends our first full month of GOOD LA, the first GOOD Local community for Los Angeles. To celebrate, here's a recap of our top stories, highlights from events, and a few updates from the field. Got something we should be covering next month? Email us at la[at]goodinc[dot]com See you in June!

We Got Back in Time: On May 14, we revealed the new window display of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart designed by Molly Burgess (photo at top). As neighbors strolled the Echo Park PDA Art Walk, 826LA unveiled the cool new window that lets anyone enjoy their summer reading in the icy environs of the Pleistocene Age. Check out the photos here.

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Project: Angelenos, Show Us Your Jacaranda Trees in Bloom

Each year in May, L.A. explodes into violet blossoms as the jacaranda trees start to bloom. We're looking for your best shots of this purple haze.

Each year around this time, the streets of Los Angeles start to explode into violet fireworks. A certain ubiquitous tree is to blame, bursting into bloom and spilling its rubbery blossoms onto cars and sidewalks like lilac confetti. Soon, the entire city feels like it's awash in a sea of electric purple flowers. (Insert your best Prince, Jimi Hendrix, or Barney joke here.) L.A., we want to see your shots of this lavender phenomenon known as the jacaranda tree season.

Take a photo of your favorite jacaranda in bloom somewhere in L.A.—you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one. As a native of South American countries like Argentina, the jacaranda is right at home in L.A.'s similarly arid climate. They were brought to California by the famous horticulturist Kate Sessions, who is best known for creating San Diego's Balboa Park. The trees are extremely drought-tolerant and their feathery, fern-like leaves create near-perfect shade, making them a favorite for Los Angeles landscaping. They also seem to carry a bit of positive juju: If a falling jacaranda blossom lands on your head, it's said to be good luck.

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