Purple [Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge]

I’m not going to lie, finding purple was tough. Not just because we’ve been so busy this past week, the free time I’ve had to take photographs being failures because of the cold rain. I personally don’t mind going out in the rain to take photographs, but didn’t want to drag Mikey out with me for too long. But it’s also been tough because purple has been hard to find! The photos I did get lean a little more toward magenta than purple and I hope you’ll forgive me for that.

The time I did go out, and took these photos, I was hoping to come across things like beautiful deep purple berries and subtly purple-tinged grasses. On previous weeks I’d spotted some ornamental peas of some kind with beautiful purple pods, the plant tendrils winding themselves delicately around wrought iron railings. I made a mental note to come back for them, then never did.  Now that I’m sitting down and writing this post, I’m thinking of other things that I could have photographed. A beautiful purple-grey cloche hat that I bought last month (that I did pin to my style board on Pinterest) that I haven’t yet had opportunity to wear and my most favourite tea mug that I photographed last year when we still lived in Germany, that sadly now has a small chip on the base.

Despite my lack of photos, I love purple and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what all of you have come up with this week! Yesterday Kristi, Alicia and I shared some of our favourites from last weeks colour, red. Don’t forget to take a look!

I’m teaming up with the lovely and talented Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge – a colorfully inspiring autumn photography challenge aimed at capturing the beautiful shades of autumn.

Just a few details:

All are welcome regardless of experience, time commitment and whether or not you’re experiencing fall at the moment.

Simply share your favorite images inspired by the autumn shade of the week each Friday and grab our button while you’re at it.

The linky will remain open from 12:01am CST Friday – 11:59pm CST Wednesday. Link directly to your Shades of Autumn blog post or Flickr photo. Feel free to share your photos in our Shades of Autumn Flickr Group as well and don’t forget to follow our Shades of Autumn Pinterest board if you haven’t already!

We’ll select our favorite photos of the week and share them with you at Bumbles & Light, Project Alicia and Live and Love Out Loud the following Thursday.

Next week’s theme will be brown. For a complete list of upcoming themes, head on over to the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge page.


    • Thank you! And I’m happy to hear you’re having fun with the challenge, we’re having a lot of fun hosting it 🙂

  1. I think the bricks are a surprising find, I would’ve never thought of that! And as Carletta says, the texture is wonderful!

    • Thank you! I was a little surprised at the purple bricks too. I found them while out on a walk near to my apartment, thankfully I took a photo then, because only a few days after they began ripping some of them up to repair the street!

    • Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the challenge, Kristi, Alicia and I are sooo enjoying hosting it!

  2. I had a hard time with purple too, I had to REALLLy look…some of mine are a bit on the magnetic side as well, but it was fun, I always enjoy a challenge!

    • Part of the fun I think is finding all of the different shades of the same colour. I’m certainly counting magenta as purple and I’ve also seen so many other beautiful shades that I hadn’t even thought of as I’ve been looking through all of the photos linked up 🙂

  3. You have an eye for photography so naturally you found purple where others wouldn’t think to find it. I had a hard time with purple, too. If we wouldn’t have had amazing sunrises and sunsets the last couple days I would have drawn a big blank.

    • You’re lucky you can have such a lovely view for sunrises and sunsets! I thought about doing that but discovered that we don’t have such a great view of the sky from our apartment, ah city living!

  4. Wow…. I think you did great finding so much purple around you at this time of year…. this looks like a great project!

  5. Liz

    Brilliant photos! I love the Autumn leaf & miss those terribly since I moved north from Melbourne. I also love the brick pathway!!
    (our climate in the north of Australia is so warm we don’t really experience the Autumn colours… even when it IS Autumn)
    Glad to have linked up and I am following you now so I can enjoy your posts 🙂
    Liz´s last post ..The Colour Purple

    • Thanks so much Liz! We lived down in Texas for a while a few years back and I have to say I missed all of the Autumn colours terribly.

  6. I love those bricks! and the underside of the leaf. Even out walking yesterday I couldn’t find any purple……….. if I had been up higher in the highlands I might have found some purple scottish heather! But I did find some purple in the garden and I just wish I had time to do a post on it’s own just for the shades of Autumn as I had quite a few I could have added. Sadly time and a dreadful slow internet speed just now have mean’t that I’ve just put up one photo………. and my favourite photo taken last week.

  7. I think you found some awesome purple shades. I also found it quite challenging! I love the leaf shots. No matter how they are photographed I can’t get enough of the fall leaves. I’m really enjoying this challenge, thanks for hosting!
    Tish´s last post ..Shades of Autumn: Purple.

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