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. This purple starfish is local too, found all over the place in the waters of the BC Coast. A purple jellyfish at Kanderenden Beach in Denmark.Big-lipped clam from Thailand.Shells sometimes come in purple. Stones can be purple, like the Amethyst.There are lesser known stones such as Charoite, Fluorite and Lepidolite. I called this necklace ‘Purple Rain’ and the larger paisley-shaped beads are lepidolite. I 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.
Lots of vegetables and fruits are purple and contain all sorts of antioxidants and flavonoids which help the body in a myriad of ways. Kales and cabbages come in a range of purples as do eggplants. Last 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. More of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Purples or Violets.