July 27

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple…

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“There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.” Seneca

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Walk with me through the changing colors of The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport concourse, into the purple garden…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… A dragonfly perches on a lily. Welcome!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… A purple waterlily beckons
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… A basket of purple blooms wait patiently…

Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation. Crystal-cure.com

Purple is one of my favorite colors because it exudes a certain calm, and brings dignity and serenity to a space when used effectively. I am partial to the softer shade of lilac, but love the full range of purple hues from darkest grape to the lightest shade of an early morning lilac tinged primrose. For this week’s challenge on the color PURPLE, I have included block quotes that give us additional meanings of/for the color. Join me as we walk through a purple terminal to a garden filled with an abundance of purple floral riches and more.

“When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.” Jenny Joseph

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… The distant purple sky has ancient secrets to share.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Purple azaleas await your visit
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Another purple flora waits around the corner.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… A purple scabiosa flower in the shade we love

The color purple can mean many things such as love, power, or riches. This is because in the past in Egypt, the people believed that only people who wore purple had riches and a sense of authority. The Egyptians also believed that love came from the people who wore this color because it showed a sense of lust to everyone, this didn’t mean that they only wore this for lust though. The Egyptians as well believed that this color represented power because this type of paint was very expensive, to the poor people any way. Answers.com

When I shot those church turrets, it had just stopped raining and the evening sky was slowly beginning to darken. It had an ancient quality that made me wistful for something…

“Ah, yes! I wrote the ‘Purple Cow.’ I’m sorry, now, I wrote it! But I can tell you anyhow, I’ll kill you if you quote it!” Frank Gelett Burgess

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Ah, the purple cow was part of a fundraising effort for charity in Vermont… Good cause to support hungry children.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… We all love Lavender
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… We all love coneflower too
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… A Buddleia butterfly bush or two.

Purple is the color for royalties. It stands for luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also the color of passion, romance and sensitivity…Purple is a rare color in nature…People who are attracted to purple are people who have an aura of mystery and intrigue. Purple is often preferred by artists. kmb-designs.com

The purple cow was part of a series of about 48 cows that went up for auction in Vermont. Local artists painted and decorated them for charity. I wrote a post on them a couple of years ago. under sacred cows, I believe… More below!

“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them.” Exodus 26:1

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… The fountain of good wishes at Chelsea Market
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Why not dance in the garden with a foxglove?
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple…

The colour Purple in scripture is translated from the Hebrew words ‘argaman’ which means purple or red-purple and ‘arg@van’ meaning purple. The colour purple was found for example in the materials used for constructing of the Tabernacle and Temple. The curtains in the Tabernacle had purple thread used in their construction. In this context the purple represents the royalty and Kingship of God.

I’ve always loved flowers so this has been a fun exercise all around… Do come back for more, and I will be stopping by the other posts to cheer them on.  After all, isn’t that what blogging is supposed to be about? I know… some have forgotten. Have an awesome weekend! I’ll post more later. 😉

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Alice Walker

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… Thank you!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… The daylily calls out to lovers in the garden
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple… More beauty in purple in the garden.

Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, it is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious. The color of mourning for widows in Thailand, purple was the favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra. About.com

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time see you laughing
I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain… Prince

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Purple to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to recover and catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – PURPLE – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple Purple. Another color post! These artichokes in full bloom are absolutely gorgeous and the purple doesn’t leave room for any other color in this photo. Subtle, waning purple of a sunset; vibrant purple of grapes or eggplant – what kind of purple caught your photographic eye? Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: Purple is the color of spiritual openness at a high vibrational level. It is a strong, cleansing presence. Enjoy it.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • My goodness you have loads of examples of purple. the only thing I could think of were cabbages and even then they are classed as red cabbages.
    I always connect purple with death and I’ve not a clue as to why!

  • All of your purple slections are outstanding. I love purple, too. My bedroom and on-suite bathroom are painted two tonal shades of purple. I have a purple pating of flowers in there. I have grown orchids in all varying shades of purple. I find the color calming and energizing all at once. I like the way there are so many different shades of the color. This was a difficult challenge because I had so many things to post. I decided that my orchids deserved the place of honro shince they have been so kind to bloom beautifully for me. It’s nice to know a fellow purple lover. ~~~~ : – )

    • Thank you so much for your comment!!! It solved a huge MISTAKE. 🙂 Ann Arbor does have an airport, but I took my picture at The McNamara Tunnel in Detroit Airport concourse. It is a highly regarded LED light show and has been written about many times. When I read your comment, I decided to double check my ticket. Lo and behold, my Delta e-ticket was for Detroit and not Ann Arbor airport. I goggled “colorful terminal in Detroit airport” and the rest is history! I have now changed the information above and on another post I wrote. Thanks again! Danke! 🙂 I love our blogging community!!! You guys rock. 😉

  • I love the unusual photographs you’ve chosen,Elizabeth ~ like the evening sky and the light in Chelsea Market – oh, and the cow, of course! The flowers are stunning, too and show how many shades of this colour actually can be found in nature ~ all absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  • Great collection of pictures for the topic, and what I want to know is does that cow produce Black currant milkshake. Lovely post 😉

  • Beautiful photos and thank you for including the quote “When I am old, I shall wear purple…” that always reminds me of my grandmother. I saw you from Third Eye Mom – glad that I clicked her link!

  • What a gorgeous assortment of purple and beautiful words to go with them.
    Love, love, love! 🙂

  • Thank you All! I will be responding to comments and visiting all of you to catch up starting this afternoon. Thanks again for your LIKES and Comments. Zemanta didn’t give any recs, so I’ll add more later. 🙂

  • I love your blog and your motivational message.
    My favourite colour is purple as well.
    Amazing photos.
    I’ll be back to sign up in 4 weeks. I’m sure you’re scratching your head,
    but I’m working on a new format and will be using a different log-in and gravatar.
    Thanks so much for following my blog.
    Tracy Campbell

  • Great photos as always Elizabeth! We had a similar type of art project at the Jersey shore several years ago like the purple cow, but with light houses. It was fascinating to see what people came up with for designs.

  • “It had an ancient quality that made me wistful for something…” I know exactly what you mean, Elizabeth.
    This is such a wonderful post – beautiful photos and so many interesting snippets on the colour purple 😀

  • What a great collection of purple photos…from the 1st to all the flowers, all just lovely. The dragonfly on the lily is my favorite. For my post, I went with purple foods from the Philippines.

    • Thank you! It is quite the light tunnel to walk through. It plays music and the lights change like in a disco. I was impressed. JFK Airport has nothing like it. 🙂

  • ‘I believe we should wake up daily remembering to express gratitude and joy for the good in our world and stay motivated by honoring our responsibilities.’
    I came across this in one of your blogs from 2008. Love it!

    Very interesting what you write about the color purple, dear Eliz.
    Thanks for including so many beautiful pictures.

  • Brilliant! I wouldn’t expect any less 🙂
    They are all stunning. I especially LOVE the dragonfly.
    I always enjoy your quotes 😉

    • Congratulations on your awards and thanks again for including my blog! I appreciate the kindness. I plan to add a post by fall and will share your generosity with others at that time. Merci! 🙂

  • So many beautiful photos! Love all the flowers. The day lily was fabulous. I know I will be more aware of purple in my travels in the next few days. Thank You :+)

  • Purple is one of my favorite colors. Both my kids are February babies (amethyst gemstone) so I have always been particularly fond of it. Thanks for sharing.

  • OMG ! You have purplized my mind. Yes of course purple is my best vegetable. Its my friends Favourite colour in t-shirts.

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures with us.

  • What a wonderful set of purple photos! Hard to choose a favourite, but that purple sky over Bayeux is particularly dreamy!

  • I am partial to Lilac as well but I do think purple is a beautiful colour overall. I don’t have nearly enough purple in my wardrobe – unless you count burgundy or aubergine x

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