Reluctant purple

What does purple look like to you? I’ve been somewhat demented in the last couple of weeks, even though Jude supplied me with a palette to help matters. I thought purple was purple, not that plummy, damson colour, and it seems I have a distinct fondness for violet, at the bluer end of the spectrum. Oh, what the heck? It’s only a challenge, isn’t it? And the point is to take photos you like and that are interesting. Don’t you think?

(You do need to open the gallery to see the photos in full. Block editor loves to chop them off!)

When is purple, pink? Or violet? Don’t ask me! I’m just an innocent bystander. Happy Monday everyone!

Life in Colour

CMMC – May Color – Purple


  1. Those are good looking purples, Jo. I was looking up official color values a while back and they were all over the map, so as far as I’m concerned, anything goes. And, like you said, it’s just a challenge. The photo is the thing.

    1. The challenges are how the blog world functions, Graham, but I don’t always like being led by the nose. My loss, I’m sure πŸ™„πŸ’• Thanks hon!

  2. Beautiful collection of purple. I think the reason purple is so difficult to define is that it embraces so much, including both the warm and the cool ends of the spectrum. Perhaps that’s why it was a royal color. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s a good explanation, Robin! So much to enjoy. The fields are full of waving grasses intermingled with soft lilac blooms right now πŸ€—πŸ’•

      1. Sounds yucky! I really don’t like seafood with pasta. Can you do mince and dumplings? Not right now because it’s much too warm πŸ€£πŸ’•

  3. I always think of purple as a sort of umbrella word covering a range of shades from plum through to violet!! And by that definition, all of these images look spot-on to me πŸ˜€

  4. Super purples with a hint of violet, but pretty colours anyway. I love your purple cardoon and the octopus and that jet ski is very definitely in the purple camp. Have you ever ridden on one?

    1. True confessions time πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• No, I haven’t. James always had other volunteers and Mick never trusted me with anything more feisty than a pedalo πŸ€£πŸ’•

  5. Purple is a beautiful colour Jo in my book whatever the hue! I also find people’s perceptions can be different – lilac is a much softer colour I think whilst indigo is so deep and brilliant. Reddish purples are lovely but at some point I’d call them burgundy or even maroon. My daughter’s room was partly painted in a stunning blue/purple as a teenager – it was called “Iris” and then she used the name as a middle name for one of her daughters! Whatever the colours technically are, your photos are gorgeous! Have a lovely Monday and a good week xx πŸ™‚

    1. You know the colours don’t really matter, do they? It’s the communication that counts πŸ€—πŸ’•
      A lovely walk with friends this morning and collapsed on the patio right now. Have a great week, darlin 😍😍

      1. Absolutely Jo – it’s a way of creating a conversation πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We had our first wood fire of the season last night – definitely feel the shift in seasons here now. I especially love walks at this time of year. You’ll be going in the opposite direction and it must be getting quite warm by now. Hope your week’s been good and wishing you a lovely weekend xx πŸ™‚

      2. Hope the sea breezes come in soon Jo! In summer the afternoon sea breezes here make things bearable. The seasons have really changed this week – wild winds and heavy rain here today. Am well rugged up indoors! xx πŸ™‚

      3. Over on the west coast there’s always a breeze. Too much at times but it’s so beautiful. Just on our way home πŸ€—πŸ’•

      4. Yes we’re the same being on the west coast Jo – the breezes do get very strong at times but couldn’t do without them in the warmer months! Really cold and wet here today though- was hoping to stay in this afternoon but going off to buy a new computer (the repair guy can’t fix the ongoing issues with the current admittedly rather old one). Am hoping we can get it all set up today fingers crossed! Have a lovely week xx πŸ™‚

  6. Awww … a wondrous celebration of purple and I bet you won’t stop seeing the colour around for a long time! The heath is beautiful and the thistle stunning! I’d love to head out on the purple jet ski before relaxing at the magnum ice-cream cafe! The colour blue / blue is the topic of a conversation in our house as bluebells are flowering en masse but I agree with hubby, they are definitely towards the purple hues rather than blue! Wishing you a lovely start of the week, Jo! Xx πŸ˜ƒπŸŒΊ

    1. My husband is colourblind, or so I tell him, but he thinks I am! All’s fair in love and marriage, isn’t it? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Off to the hills walking soon. Have a great week too!

    2. Bluebells are a violet-blue but if you look very closely often they have a turquoise streak too! And you never can quite capture that carpet of blue on a camera.

  7. I know what you mean Jo, I always think purple is dark and not like some I’ve seen. Purple is like ribena to me. Lovely photos by the way 🌝

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