Gallery: purple blowing my mind
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
My fave is the “The Mirror Stream Fountain in Kharkiv, Ukraine”. My heart aches for the country and all the people.
Yes, mine too 🤗 My Ukrainian friend is trying to stay positive and he’s safe in Poland but he yearns to go back home
Wow. Those are all stunning. So many vibrant uses of the color.
Thanks so much Kirstin, glad you like them 😀
You have some beautiful purples here. I love the berries in England (they seem almost unreal) … and a purple post just wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful bougainvillea!
Thank you 😊 The berries are a rather surprising colour, I’ve not seen similar anywhere else! And yes, bougainvillea is a must for a purple post and welcome anywhere 😀
Purple is on trend, just saying 😉 I certainly don’t think it ages a person, unless of course they are an aged person. I enjoy the odd burst of purple as I personally suit it, though I also wear a fair amount of black with more white thrown in during summer. A fun post, Sarah, full of cheerful colour.
I agree Suzanne. Different people look good in different colours and if purple suits you then it won’t age you 😀
WOW such vibrant purples you have here. It seems like the images are popping out of my screen.
Thanks so much Teresa 😊 I’m really pleased you felt that as it’s exactly the effect I was going for!
Such a beautiful color, Sarah! I liked the purple kitty street art, the stunning Mirror Stream Fountain, and the pretty blossoms at the end of your post.
Thanks so much Siobhan 😀 The colours of that fountain were constantly changing, I have photos of it in various shades. Such a dreadful shame to think what has happened to that city since our visit though.
Love the purple! I could fill up my garden with purple flowers and be happy 🙂
Yes, I love purple flowers too 😀
So I see you found a couple a fabulous purple things Sarah….wow 🙂
Just a few! Thank you Brian 🙂
You know I said the other day that your tree post was my favourite ever? Well it has a rival now! 😀 I hadn’t realised your favourite colour was purple too – it’s been mine for as long as I can remember and I never wear any other colour, just that and black. So you can imagine how much this post appeals! What a stunning collection you’ve put together, and all so fitting to the theme. The top shot nearly made my eyes come out on organ stops, as did that breathtaking cross image in the chapel of the Salt Cathedral, even more so with the optical illusion – I did think it was a blue cross hanging in front of the wall until I read your caption! I had to show my whole family that gorgeous cat in sofia, as we all love cats, and this picture is marvellous. Needless to say there was a chorus of ‘oh wow!’ all round… Fantastic show, Sarah, and thanks for making my day – twice now in a week! 🙂
Thank you again so much Alli 😊 I really do appreciate these kind comments. That optical illusion had us fooled too. Our guide asked us, while still at a distance, to guess the weight of the cross. We thought we were being quite clever, remembering that salt would weigh less that most rock, but of course we were way out as the right answer is nothing!
I had to dig deep in the memory, but I did once have a lilac frock, Sarah. Back when zip fronts were fashionable… if you go that far back! Excellent gallery, hon.
Oh yes, I remember zip fronts 😆 Thank you Jo 😘
Such an amazing purple collection Sarah! I love the deep colors.
Thank you Anne, so glad you liked them 😀
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I love them all, Sarah! Such beautiful photos and wonderful examples of purple.
Thank you Kellye, really glad you like them 😀
Terri Webster Schrandt
Your purple collection of all things (and I mean ALL) purple is incredible, Sarah! I always enjoy how you set up your galleries to show case each image. I personally don’t like publishing song lyrics in my posts due to copyright infringements, but Hendrix nails it (why I used two words in my post title). I can just imagine the erotic waffles, good capture on that sign :), I like the purple keyrings. I have to watch out wearing purple as well, especially when my hair was more red 😀
Glad you like my purples Terri, and yes, I like to showcase the images as much as possible in these photo-heavy posts 🙂 I take your point about song lyrics but I’ve always understood a short extract isn’t too much of an issue. I used a different verse from Purple Haze in a post a couple of years ago and haven’t been sued – yet 😆
Terri Webster Schrandt
I’m glad to hear that, Sarah. Seems to be ok to share YouTube songs.
I can’t believe you didn’t go for an erotic waffle, Sarah. It might have blown your mind! Loads of great photos, as ever…
Haha – there are some things I’d rather not bite into, let alone swallow 🤣 Glad you liked the photos, thanks Phil
Stunning!! A real treat for the senses.
Thank you Yvonne 😀
Great selection Sarah. What are those berries? They look like grapes, but not grapes. Was also expecting some Purple Rain from someone with your creativity! (Says he, planting a creative thought in Sarah’s mind!)
I have to say I have no idea what the berries are, but certainly not grapes. They’re quite small, maybe similar in size to a holly berry. As for purple rain – – maybe a purple raindrop might be feasible with some nifty editing?!
I’ve not worn purple ever since a friend said ‘So aging, purple …’. That Estonian boy proves it’s just not true. What a varied and sumptuous gallery. Though I’ll pass on an erotic waffle … or a key ring.
Nobody’s ever said that to me! To be honest although I love the colour I rarely wear it, but I couldn’t say why 😏 Glad you enjoyed the gallery. I too will pass on the waffle and key ring, but maybe we should both consider buying a purple top?!
Aw, go on then!