Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color purple

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “the color purple”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

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

If you visit my blog regularly, you must know by now that purple is my favorite color to spot and photograph in nature. It doesn’t occur as often as you may think so it’s always a nice surprise to notice it. Here are a few selections of my recent sightings of purple while I was lucky enough to be holding a camera at that moment.

Here’s an interesting looking orchid, with several green and brown petals, and one large purple petal. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a flower with different colored petals before. Have you?

Orchid with green and brown petals, and one large purple petal
Orchid with green and brown petals, and one large purple petal

Aster flowers are some of my favorite, as they come in different shades of purple.

Dark purple aster flower with raindrops
Dark purple aster flower with raindrops
Purple aster with water drops
Purple aster with water drops

I love lavender: its purple color, its smell, its long-lasting blooms. The lavender blooms on the next photo belong to a larger species and they don’t smell, but they still look beautiful.

Bee on a purple lavender flower
Bee on a purple lavender flower

Here’s a little more purple lavender for you.

Purple lavender blooms
Purple lavender blooms

Purple can range for very light to very dark. Here is some dark purple on this white and purple pansy, covered with water droplets.

White and purple pansy
White and purple pansy

I’m saving my favorite purple for last, in this beautiful grape of wisteria blooms. I’ve noticed several wisteria trees blooming around San Diego. I think it’s time to grab my camera and try to get a few new shots.

White and purple wisteria flowers
White and purple wisteria flowers

Floral Friday Fotos: pansies and gladiolus

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you enjoy my images, I encourage you to subscribe and receive updates when I post new photos, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

Here are a couple of colorful pansies to start with. Both pansy blooms were watered before I took these photos so you can still see a lot of water droplets on the petals.

Floral Friday Fotos: red pansies
Floral Friday Fotos: red pansies
White and purple pansy
White and purple pansy

This last flower is a gladiolus bloom reaching the end of its life. I chose a back-lit angle to capture the beautiful orange color through the sun light.

Orange gladiolus bloom
Orange gladiolus bloom

I hope these few flowers bring some color to your cold wintery day.