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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

87 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/07/2012 3:23 pm

    Wonderful as always, I love the Monarda and haven’t seen one for ages so thanks!

  2. 27/07/2012 3:29 pm

    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!

  3. 27/07/2012 3:30 pm

    I love the purple tunnel walkway. Fascinating.

  4. 27/07/2012 3:36 pm

    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. ~~~~ : – )

  5. 27/07/2012 4:17 pm

    Wonderful series! Love the quotes!

  6. 27/07/2012 4:18 pm

    Your inspirations are terrific! Great insights!

  7. 27/07/2012 5:18 pm

    YOU WIN!… I don’t believe anyone else could have posted any better photos…Just beautiful!~mkg

  8. 27/07/2012 5:51 pm

    Being from Jackson I didn’t even know Ann Arbor had an airport – and with a nice tunnel/passageway at that!

    • 28/07/2012 6:19 am

      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. 😉

  9. 27/07/2012 8:09 pm

    Beautiful purple and beautiful post…especially the purple cow! 🙂

  10. 27/07/2012 10:48 pm

    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! 🙂

  11. 27/07/2012 11:44 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Love the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and the foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea).

  12. 28/07/2012 12:10 am

    Such a gorgeous post, both the fabulous photos and the thoughtful, delicious quotes? Thank you, I really enjoyed this 🙂

  13. 28/07/2012 1:48 am

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

  14. 28/07/2012 3:52 am

    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!

  15. 28/07/2012 3:52 am

    Fantastic collection. Great entry. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Madelaine permalink
    28/07/2012 4:46 am

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

  17. 28/07/2012 5:02 am

    THose pictures are beautiful Eliz! I love flowerrs, they always make me happy 🙂

  18. 28/07/2012 5:47 am

    You never disappoint in your responses to the photo prompt. Love that cow, and the first picture especially.

  19. 28/07/2012 6:05 am

    Excellent series of prolific purples! WOW

  20. 28/07/2012 6:11 am

    I love that foxglove still. I stare at it endlessly.

    The cow is certainly very purple!

  21. 28/07/2012 6:49 am

    a gorgeous feast of flowers and purple.

  22. 28/07/2012 6:50 am

    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. 🙂

  23. 28/07/2012 7:07 am

    Great images… love them… 🙂

  24. 28/07/2012 9:19 am

    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

  25. 28/07/2012 9:29 am

    So very ROYAL you have me feeling, with such powerful purple photos!

  26. 28/07/2012 11:08 am

    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.

  27. 28/07/2012 4:23 pm

    “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 😀

  28. 28/07/2012 5:01 pm

    Fabulous purples!!

  29. lolakojane permalink
    28/07/2012 6:53 pm

    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.

  30. 28/07/2012 6:53 pm

    Interesting post! Wonderful vibrant – and diverse – images!

  31. 28/07/2012 10:02 pm

    Such fabulous purple pics! Love that purple cow and the azaleas. 😉

  32. 28/07/2012 10:58 pm

    nice collection!

  33. 28/07/2012 11:55 pm

    Purple has always been one of my favourite colours. It just feels so… mysterious, mystical!

  34. 29/07/2012 6:42 am

    Love all these purple photos…It is my favourite colour!!

    • 29/07/2012 7:07 am

      It is one of mine too. TY for stopping by! 🙂

  35. 29/07/2012 6:58 am

    first photo is great!

    • 29/07/2012 7:02 am

      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. 🙂

  36. 29/07/2012 11:22 am

    Love this post, love the colour purple. Brilliant photography. 🙂

  37. 29/07/2012 2:11 pm

    ‘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.

    • 29/07/2012 2:18 pm

      TY Auntyuta for stopping by… Appreciate the comment too. 🙂

  38. 29/07/2012 4:59 pm

    Great work for this week theme my friend so beautiful photograph thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. 29/07/2012 6:55 pm

    Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I was glad to see this as the theme. Awesome photos!!

  40. 30/07/2012 1:34 am

    Purple seems to be my colour this year. Great photos!

  41. 30/07/2012 2:51 am

    A lot of purple!

  42. 30/07/2012 6:08 am

    Enchanted, madame.

  43. 30/07/2012 9:44 am

    Beautiful! I’m mesmerized by the color.

  44. 30/07/2012 5:32 pm

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

  45. 30/07/2012 7:06 pm

    I love that quote by Jenny Joseph…basically saying “live life to the fullest”.

  46. 30/07/2012 11:48 pm

    One word … Awesome 😀

  47. 31/07/2012 12:37 am

    So cute. i love purple.
    i’ve nominated you for a lovely blog award.
    you can check it here

    • 04/08/2012 12:57 am

      TY for your visit and for the nomination! I appreciate the gift and will stop by your blog to thank you again. 🙂

  48. 31/07/2012 5:10 am

This is just to let you know that I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award and/or the Inspiring Blogger Award.

    If you chose to participate, (I understand completely if you do not wish to), please pick the award and rules from here:

    Thank you for being part of this amazing blog-o-sphere 🙂

    • 04/08/2012 1:06 am

      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! 🙂

  49. 31/07/2012 8:04 am

    Lovely pics, especially one of the tunnel and also the fountain of good wishes. Thank you!

  50. 31/07/2012 11:33 am

    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 :+)

  51. 31/07/2012 9:22 pm

    colorful 🙂

  52. 31/07/2012 11:18 pm

    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.

  53. 03/08/2012 9:56 am

    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.

  54. 03/08/2012 10:15 am

    Thanks for liking my Purple post!

  55. 03/08/2012 11:49 am

    Such a complete collection of Purple!

    • 03/08/2012 12:11 pm

      TY! I t was fun as purple is one of my favorite colors. 😉

  56. 03/08/2012 11:59 am

    Your first image is my favourite.
    PS.Thanks for the like

    • 03/08/2012 12:11 pm

      TY for same too! I appreciate the visit! 🙂

  57. 03/08/2012 1:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The Detroit concourse reminds me of the old TWA concourse at JFK.

  58. 04/08/2012 6:30 am

    Lovely collection of beautiful pics.

  59. 04/08/2012 7:39 am

    Just gorgeous! I hardly ever buy anything purple, but when I do, I love it. Like a purple dress I had several years ago. I’d get lots of compliments when I wore it.

  60. 04/08/2012 12:01 pm

    Your many purple flowers are spectacular, but then I am partial to purple flowers. 🙂 I LOVE the purple cow!

  61. 04/08/2012 11:42 pm

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

  62. 05/08/2012 1:23 am

    I would like to surround myself with a color that brings peace of mind. Wonderful words, beautiful images. So uplifting in many ways. Thanks.

  63. 11/08/2012 5:46 am

    Definitely a gorgeous collection of shots.

  64. 19/08/2012 7:18 am

    The Seneca quote is marvelous. Enough material to reflect on for a long, long time.
    The photographs are spectacular.

    • 19/08/2012 7:49 am

      TY for checking in… Loved your post too. 😉

  65. 17/01/2015 5:15 am

    wow, that’s a lot of great purpley images

  66. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    05/06/2017 10:56 am

    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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