PURPLE HAZE: Photographer Owen Wilson’s photograph of Kent St, Grafton, that made a world’s best online poll.
PURPLE HAZE: Photographer Owen Wilson’s photograph of Kent St, Grafton, that made a world’s best online poll.

On a purple street of fame

THOSE Top 10 and 20 lists are addictive little things, hence the increase in those entertaining polls on the internet.

Earthporm.com showcases the beauty and spectacle of our planet and it recently had a Top 20 list featuring the delightful sounding World's Most Marvellous Streets Shaded by Trees and Flowers.

Here you can see the most beautiful streets across the world from Germany and Greece to Poland and Grafton.

Whoa! What?

Yes, sitting in there at No. 9 was the jacaranda tree-lined Kent St, which made its way through several channels to be selected by the website as one of the world's most stunning floral avenues.

The photograph, which has clocked up more than 6000 views since making the list, was taken by Port Macquarie photographer Owen Wilson, who had no idea who sent it in or that it made the cut.

Owen said he took the photograph in 2011-12 of the impressive display for Bartel Calendars to feature in its Northern New South Wales edition and said Grafton's jacarandas always resulted in fantastic images.

"The boss really liked that one. We've featured it a few times. I usually try to get up to Grafton every year to shoot the trees. See Park is also very photogenic that time of year as you get contrast from the other yellow and red trees in flower."

Owen said he gets the best photos just after the wind starts to pick up and starts knocking the blossoms from the branches.

"Then you get that beautiful carpet of purple effect. Because I don't live up there, I often rely on friends to tell me when it's peaking and I'll jump in the car and drive up that day. You just have to hope it's not garbage night," he laughs.

And if any budding photographers are keen to try and emulate their own jacaranda avenue, Owen said he used a telephoto lens and pulled it in tight to get the nice tunnel effect of the Kent St trees.



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