TL;DR – Today I explore the University of Queensland Bloom Festival, the festival where purple was king, which should be no surprise if you have ever taken a medieval art history class before
Every year here in Brisbane the University of Queensland turns purple as the Jacarandas come out to bloom. It is a beautiful time of year unless you are a university student in which case it heralds the coming of exams and the onslaught of rumours about what happens if you get hit by the falling flowers. We explored the flowering time last year with our walk around the UQ St. Lucia campus (see here), however, this year they have expanded on the Jacarandas with the UQ Bloom Festival, and today we get the chance to explore the Jacarandas after dark.
Before we start, here is a look at the UQ Lakes before the sun sets so you have some comparison of the before and after. Also, it is a sneaky little look at how beautiful the sunsets can be at UQ.
Now the sun has gone down we start our walk to the UQ Bloom Festival by walking down near the bus station where we are greeted but all the fairy lights.
It is here where you turn around the corner, and you get greeted by all the festival in its purple glory, beautifully set off by the reflections in the lake.
Now that you have seen it from afar the first this you want to do is get up and close, and the first stop is Jacaranda Avenue, by day a bike path, by night an art installation.
As you approach the Jacaranda trees, you can help but walk around them looking at all the detail that the light exposes. It is at that point that you can’t help but look up and see how the light creates all these beautiful contrasting layers.
As I continued exploring the festival, the inevitable happened and a thunderstorm started to role in over Brisbane so I had to make a quick retreat.
So as I made a quick retreat to the bus I managed to take one more photo of the interactions of light and dark, purple and black, night and day. With this we bid the University of Queensland Bloom Festival a goodbye, until next year that is.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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