OK -- since we arrived back in Goiania yesterday after our trip across country (yes I am skipping day 12 and 13 as there was not much to write about the rest of the journey to Mineiros and then back to Goiania - I have already blogged about traveling between these two cities and if you have not read those blogs check them out at "about Mineiros" and "about Goiania".) I have heard rumblings of a majestic tree called Ipe (e-pay) and since it is currently in bloom Luiz decides to bring me to one he has admired for years when it is in full bloom. The Ipe trees and bushes seem to find inner strength in the hottest, most dry time of the year to
Towards the end of our time here, I notice a small group of people have gathered to gaze upon the tree with amazement. They tell a story of how them come every year to view this tree and it's splendor. (at least that is what I gathered from my broken Portuguese). We watch as a small group of city workers begin to sweep the fallen yellow petals from the street and sidewalks. Their attempt to remove the yellow ground cover seems in vain as new flowers fall from the canopy overhead.
This particular tree is so beautiful, we decide there must be more and that we have time to drive around the city a little in search of more. The bright yellow tops of the trees are easy to spot as we look out over the city. However, as we get to where we think the one spotted is, we realize they are either not
as large as we thought or it was a bunch of smaller trees or maybe we did not find the original tree we spotted blocks ago. It is hard to see a tree in the distance and find the right street which will allow us to drive past it. We also realize that many of the trees we spot are in areas that do not have roads so we are often forced to abandon our quest.
Towards the end of our journey today we are fortunate to come across another glorious tree in someones yard. This tree seems to be a little larger and still full of its blooms. They are just beginning to fall with much less yellow on the ground around. More photos of different angles ensue. All in all - we have a wonderful day hunting for this beautiful tree. I hope you have enjoyed riding along on our quest to find the Ipe trees of Goiania and the photos that go along with our finds. If you are ever in this region of Brazil, and you opportunity to see one of these trees - stop - enjoy - and take a photo or twenty plus.
P.S Ipe trees do bloom in different colors, I just prefer the yellow.