Life in Colour

To find out more about this year’s photo challenge here on Travel Words, please read this post.

This month we will be looking for Purple. A secondary colour made from red and blue, though you can find many different shades of purple. Stay clear of violet though as that will be making its own appearance. Although found in nature in shades of crocuses, lilacs, and irises, look for the bruised colours in a sunrise or sunset, an indigo sea, a full moon in an inky sky. The darkness of a red wine, a rich velvet curtain or a starling’s wing.

“Colours are the smiles of Nature.
When they are extremely smiling,
and break forth into other beauty besides,
they are her laughs;
as in the flowers.”

~Leigh Hunt as Poet and Essayist (1889)

What purples can you find in Nature?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

115 thoughts on “Life in Colour”

    1. Thank you A-C. Yes Jacaranda trees are very special. Apparently they grow in Portugal so not too far to travel, and I have seen them in Paris so I wonder why I haven’t seen any here!

  1. That’s a lovely Jacaranda. I’ve seen some in the Himalayas, at least two kilometers above sea level. It should be able to stand the winter in parts of the UK, but maybe it requires extended warm periods to flower like that.

    I have a touch of purple in a Bauhinia:

    Orchid trees

    1. I suspect it is the summer heat that it needs, though you wouldn’t think there would be much difference between Paris and London.

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