Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple



Wikipedia defines Purple as a range of hues of colour occurring between red and blue. In additive light combinations it occurs by mixing the primary colours red and blue in varying proportions. In human colour psychology, purple is also associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites).

Like orange and silver, purple has no common word that rhymes with it.

Etymology and definitions

The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek  (porphura), name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.

The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year AD 975.

This weeks photograph was taken with my Pentax K30

London 2012 Olympic Games

I’m going to be pretty quiet this week on my blog. It’s the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games tonight and tomorrow I’m travelling to London for an event taking place on Sunday. I’ll be returning to North Wales, only to go across to Manchester several times for some of the Olympic Football matches(soccer for my American readers). Despite some negative comments from our national newspapers, a few of whom seem to want to find fault with everything, I’m really looking forward to attending the games and soaking up the atmosphere.

Security is really strict and there is a limit on the size of camera you can take in. I’m not going to risk it with my DSLR and lenses so I’m just taking my little P+S camera with me. I won’t be looking for photographs of the athletes in action, probably won’t get close enough. So it’s going to be more about street photography for me over the next few weeks. Can’t wait as it’s a new genre of photography for me.


14 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

  1. Love your photo choice for challenge. I am so glad you are going to see the Olympics first hand. I wish I were there, but have to settle for watching on TV. Can’t wait to see your street photos when you return. Best wishes for the London teams.



  2. Ignore the naysayers of the media. They’ve forgotten how to look for the good and only focus on the negative. I’d love to see them put on an event of this magnitude and not have the odd spell of human error or things that don’t work as planned. We had the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. The atmosphere was amazing. Enjoy. Looking forward to your street photography! Love your purple clematis – I can’t grow that one here even though they’re all around town. They hate my yard.


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