Purple haze all in my eyes,
Don’t know if it’s day or night.
You got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind.
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?Jimi Hendrix
Purple is the colour of wealth and royalty. Its rich tones call to mind the trappings of majesty and ceremony. Its blend of red and blue means that it lies carries messages both of tranquillity and of passion. Purple is also the colour of creativity, as it fosters creativity by stimulating our senses while also promoting the calmness needed for thoughtful observation and introspection. And it just happens to be my favourite colour too!
A couple of years ago I compiled a gallery of purple flowers for a Friendly Friday challenge. So for this week’s Sunday Stills theme of Purple Haze I set myself the personal challenge of avoiding flowers this time around. And I almost managed it! But I couldn’t resist including a handful of flowers from recent trips, too recent to have made it into that previous gallery. They include the glorious bougainvillea from Costa Rica in my feature photo.
The majority of my choices are also from those recent trips, but I’ve dug around in the archives a bit too. Some have featured before but most I hope will be new to you.
Street sign in Cartagena, Colombia
Model shoot in the old town of Cartagena, Colombia
Main chapel of the Salt Cathedral, Zipaquirá, Colombia
What appears to be a blue-lit cross hanging in front of the wall of salt is in fact cut out of that wall and illuminated from the other side
Street art in Sofia, Bulgaria
More street art in Sofia
Stained glass window in Seville’s cathedral
The Mirror Stream Fountain in Kharkiv, Ukraine
The water wasn’t flowing as it was so cold and icy, but the colours were constantly changing. I fear that like so much of Kharkiv this fountain must have been a casualty of war.
In a bar on Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles first found fame
Street art in Brighton, England
Souvenir key rings for sale in Montmartre, Paris
Shop sign in Seville, Spain
The ‘erotic waffles’ were regular waffles in ‘unusual’ shapes, and no, I didn’t buy one!
At a festival in Tallinn, Estonia
Red Hatters in Washington State
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.Jenny Joseph
Berries in a Dorset garden, England
And now for just a couple of flowers!
By the Peace Pagoda near Pokhara, Nepal
In a street planter in Blloku, Tirana