Tuesday, 26 April 2016

It's not jacaranda season, but...

It feels a bit like it, but in a good way.

Now, for anyone who lives outside of the Brisbane university/higher education circuit, "jacaranda season" refers to the manicness and stress associated with end of semester assessments and the last few months of the calendar year, and summer holidays. Jacarandas just so happen to be flowering.

It was a term I first heard from a friend who was not studying but working at a Brisbane university. Over the years working there, he had noticed the two events kept coinciding. In a way, he was right, but after living in Brisbane as a non-student for a few years any sense of doom and university-related panic that (probably should have) picked up at the first sight of jacaranda blooms had faded away. It was the change in the air, the warmer days and still cool nights...

And the other day I was reminded of the way the air feels when the weather changes and jacarandas are in bloom. I had a work deadline coming up, but the air was just too nice to focus.

And the dandelions are out.

And we've recently had spring break.

So, perhaps Kansas State University has "dandelion season" instead.

Photo taken by Michael.

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