In 2015 five friends and I conducted a motorcycle reconnaissance of the Sierra Gorda region of Mexico, looking for good roads and adventure. During that trip I kept seeing a very distinctive red/purple bushes in full bloom all around the area we were riding. It was so colorful and bright that it really stood out and not having seen such a plant before I marvelled at its beauty.
In 2016 we returned to the Sierra Gorda area at around the same time of year so I was expecting to see those wonderful red/purple bushes but that was not the case. Instead, I keep encountering purple trees. Big, majestic, purple trees, just like the one in the picture above. My buddy Tricepilot Bob says they are the magnificent Jacaranda tree. I don’t recall seeing them last year but they sure stood out during this year’s trip. Just another of the delightful surprises of adventuring in Mexico.