a purple building in Puebla, a UNESCO Heritage site in Mexico

The Colour Purple

Purple is one of those colours that nature tends to use sparingly.

Except for flowers! There are so many purple flowers I wouldn’t even know where to start so I’m saving those for another post that Cee has conveniently listed as coming up!

I don’t think there are any purple land animals, unless you count Barney, the purple dinosaur. Flying animals are similarly under-represented, although there are apparently a few (although I have never seen a purple bird). Sometimes birds and insects have a purple sheen to them. A few animals that spend some time underwater show signs of purple: urchins, starfish, clams and maybe fish. This is a local urchin from British Columbia. purple sea urchin at Botanical BeachThis purple starfish is local too, found all over the place in the waters of the BC Coast. A purple starfish in the waters of the Sunshine Coast of British ColumbiaA purple jellyfish at Kanderenden Beach in Denmark.A purple jellyfish at Kanderenden Beach in DenmarkBig-lipped clam from Thailand.purple lipsShells sometimes come in purple. Mui Ne Fishing Village: Scallop Shells Litter the BeachStones can be purple, like the Amethyst.A close-up of the Amethyst crystals at the Cardiff Museum in WalesThere are lesser known stones such as Charoite, Fluorite and Lepidolite. I called this necklace ‘Purple Rain’ and the larger paisley-shaped beads are lepidolite. purple rain: lepidolite and pearlsI thought I’d add a few vegetative purples that don’t fall into the purple flower category.

The purple Beauty Berry comes out in all its glory in October.
purple Beauty Berry; comes out in OctoberLots of vegetables and fruits are purple and contain all sorts of antioxidants and flavonoids which help the body in a myriad of ways. purple grapes on the vine in NaramataKales and cabbages come in a range of purples as do eggplants. winter kaleLast but not least, there are purple buildings, but not very many. At least according to my interior decoration instructor in High School who tut-tutted my assignment of a purple-painted house, saying I should be aware of community norms and the neighbours would certainly complain. But not in Puebla, a UNESCO Heritage site in Mexico, where Al almost disappears against a purple wall. Al almost disappears against a purple wall in Puebla, a UNESCO Heritage site in MexicoMore of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Purples or Violets.

6 thoughts on “The Colour Purple

  1. I love how you found such a number and variety in nature Elizabeth 🙂 yes starfish have the Patrick effect now. I love colour so tut tut back to your high school instructor 🙂

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