First things first – Happy Valentine’s Day if I get this done in 35 minutes. Otherwise, make that belated Valentine’s Day.

This week Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge is to find pictures of purple or amethyst. Remember anything with that topic works as long as you don’t copy her exact title.

New Lens-Artist, Sofia, Challenge # 186 is Low Light. So I’m going to try to marry the two into one post.

Of course, I’m sure I will find something purple or in low light or both to play on Cee’s FOTD challenge.

Of course, I’d like to include at least one cell phone photo for John’s Cell Pic Sunday

Finally, I can’t forget to include a few SquareOdds before the month slips away from us.

My Choices for This Week

O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow, Make the day seem to us less brief… Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst… 

Robert Frost
Actually, this was taken with an iPhone 4 of a January sunset in Elderwood against the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills of Woodlake, CA

Purple Cloth

How is it possible to suspend topaz in one cup of the balance and weigh it against amethyst in the other; or who in a single language can compare the tranquillizing grace of a maiden with the invigorating pleasure of witnessing a well-contested rat-fight?

– Ernest Bramah

Some Purples Are SquareOdds and Some Are Princesses

Purple Royalty Traditions Handed Down

Botanical Gardens in Kuai, Hawaii

Amethyst Flowers Through the Seasons

 And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,

And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,

And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire

Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring.

– Author: Oscar Wilde

Traveling in Purple Style

A Man’s Amethyst Home Is His Castle

Purple is the new black for Halloween – SquareOdds

Most of my pictures are taken with a cell phone. The numbers have changed over the years from 4 to 6 to 12, not SquareOdds. Sometimes I’ve gotten fancy with my new Sony or Canon Rebel XTi. I’ve had fun sharing them all with you.

Reminder, Then It’s Your Turn

Hope your day was sweet and romantic. Don’t forget this week’s topic for WQW is Love and Romance. Hope to see you there with photos, poems, stories – whatever goes with your favorite quote. Lots of love to all of you, my friends.


79 responses to “Amethyst Sunday Stills and other Colorful Photo Challenges”

  1. Sarkari Focus Avatar

    Nice post Reblogged it on Sarkari Focus

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, thanks for the reblog!

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      I looked for it to like it and couldn’t find it.

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  2. JohnRH Avatar

    Excellent Marsha. That Frost quote is beautiful, and the first photo is my fave, though I love that ’55 (?) ‘Chivy’. Superb.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, John. I wish I’d taken more shots of the 55 Chev. It was a beaut.

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  3. Wind Kisses Avatar

    The purple amethyst sky is a dream! Nice to wake up too. Great grab on the Santi Rita pickle pear cacti. I love those. The car was a reminder to me of a trip I took to a car show at the Oregon Garden. The cars were staged as art around the garden and the purple one was amidst pinks and greens. There is something about purple, isn’t there. I love the house. Not the color I would paint my house, but I know lots of friends who would welcome that opportunity. Donna

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You gave me a name to go with my picture, Donna. I’m going to have to cut and paste it before I forget!. I wish I could have seen the cars staged aroung the garden as art. How fun was that?!!

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      1. Wind Kisses Avatar

        Santa Rita prickly pear… 🤗

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I updated my post. Thanks again!

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  4. Leya Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous! And so many challenges in one post – well done. Love the colours and purple, purple!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Leya. I had fun with that one. It takes me a while to get it all together, but in the end I feel like I have accomplished something. 🙂

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      1. Leya Avatar

        You have!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Leya. 🙂

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  5. Toonsarah Avatar

    You’re becoming a real expert at combining all the challenges! I love your purple flowers and that January sunset 😃

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sarah. I had a good time finding these pictures in my archives and writing the post.

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  6. Jim Borden Avatar

    my favorite color! that picture of the sky is stunning – and I remember that purple car!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My favorite is red, but purple is a very rich and striking color.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        Tiger Woods was a big fan of red shirts…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Me and Tiger – we’re thick as thieves.

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            drinking buddies? 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            LOL Caught in another lie. Ooops! Where’s my amethyst?

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  7. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    beautifully done in purple Marsha~! One of my favorite colors !💖💖🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🌈🌈🌈

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They did turn out nicely. I didn’t have too many purple photographs marked before this post even though I have about 10 posts in my archives about purple.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        They really are awesome!!
        👾👾👾

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Awww thanks, Cindy!

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Of course! ❤️

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  8. Teresa Avatar

    I like your odds photo!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Teresa. The quilt dolls? They are really something, aren’t they?

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        Yes, those ones 👍🏼

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I fell in love with all of them.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Myrna.

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  9. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You had some cool purples Marsha. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. I was happy to find them and get them labeled. I’m definitely going to have to concentrate on color photography, and by that I mean single color items. 🙂

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  10. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    All of this is so lovely–I’m totally enjoying following You!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      How kind of you, Zelda. I’m glad we met, too. 🙂

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

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  11. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    You’ve captured these colours brilliantly, Marsha. I especially like the vibrant quilts!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Donna. I love the quilts. Here are a few more beautiful purple quilts from that same show. https://alwayswrite.blog/2014/07/25/travel-theme-purple/.

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  12. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    High fives on the photo challenge links, Marsha! I believe you have me beat, but I managed to link to 7 in one post once, LOL! It’s not a competition, but rather, a way to maximize the creativity of meeting the challenges and being inspired! Your purples are lovely and of course, you have purple cars for us! You really nailed the low-light purple sunrise in that first shot, just gorgeous! My next favorite is the image of the Hawaiian women wearing purple, such a striking image! I always appreciate your Sunday Stills entries and faithful following 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awww How could I not?? I love Sunday Stills and they almost always match WQW in some way, so it’s a win-win. I finally feel sort of caught up with posting – until Wednesday. Now reading everyone else’s posts. That is what I don’t have time to do as much as I like during Squares and I haven’t been able to keep up with Squares either. But on the plus side, I probably found 100 or more purples out of 40,000+ photos, and I created a bunch of labels, and even deleted some really horrible pictures..

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Fun that we inspire each other! When you mentioned I should post about the totem pole, I am working on that “pet” project for the “all about pets” theme this Sunday. I love how things work out!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’ve already found my pictures for that post! So excited. You’ve never seen my first pet. 🙂

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  13. Maddie Cochere Avatar

    Hi Marsha! Wonderful photos – all of them! The first one against the mountains is gorgeous! I’m back blogging again and looking forward to catching up with you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yay! Maddie, I’m so excited to hear from you. Have you written any new books? I’d love to have you as a guest author on Story Chat. Check out my page on Story Chat and see what you think. Meanwhile, I’ll come see what you’re doing.

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      1. Maddie Cochere Avatar

        Story Chat – guest author? I think that sounds lovely. I’ll check it out. I have a book nearly finished – only four more scenes to write. You’ve already seen the new cover. I’m excited!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Amazing. I don’t know how you do it!

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  14. ladysighs Avatar

    Purple blends in with any other color. Never seems odd.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL, Lady Sighs. You do have a purple butterfly as your gravitar. I just saw you over at Maddie’s. I’m so thrilled she’s back. She writes my favorite kind of mind candy. 🙂 Here’s one of my favorite purple posts. I would have posted her again but it hasn’t been very long. https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/10/29/becky-bs-pastsquares/ if you didn’t see it already. 🙂

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      1. ladysighs Avatar

        No, I didn’t see your purple lady. Had a look. What a character!
        I participated in Squares last October …. but wasn’t feeling well most of the month. I had pre-prepared most of them and asked a friend to post them. But they were never linked back to Becky. So I didn’t see much that month.

        Yes, we all drop out of WP for reasons … just reasons. But glad Maddie is back too. It’s not always easy to jump back in.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It helps to get back into challenges. That’s what I did. I decided that would be my niche. I started interviewing people who hosted and played the challenges, learned a lot, then developed my friendships again based on that. She would do well with writing challenges.

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  15. sheetalbravon Avatar

    What a glorious collection of purple! Absolutely amazing.😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much Sheetal. You are so kind. 🙂

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  16. Norah Avatar

    So much purple – beautiful, but the sky really took my breath away.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Norah. I spent hours sorting through all my pictures to find an amethyst sky. I only found two both take in about the same place at the same time. 🙂 I’m so glad you loved it. 🙂

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  17. bushboy Avatar

    Love the cars Marsha 🙂 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know! I do too. The Porsche belongs to a good friend of mine. She has a great story to go with it. You’ll love it! https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/06/28/ppac-2-prescott-touchmark-car-show/

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        Fabulous 🙂

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      2. bushboy Avatar

        I thought I had seen that post before 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, I was scraping the bottom of my photograph archives to find purple pictures. I’m going to have to make more of a concerted effort to photograph single color photos. Several challenges turn to colors from time to time. I could do pink or red, green or blue with no problem, but purple, orange are secondary colors that I don’t have tons of.

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          1. bushboy Avatar

            Yes do get out and about 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I love to explore.

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  18. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Your first photo of the purple sky is stunning.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, so close to home (in CA) about a block and a half away. 🙂 You’ve been there. 🙂

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  19. Sofia Alves Avatar

    How have you managed to get so many chalenges in one amazing post is beyond me. That sunset is something else, gorgeous.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sofia. There was at least one other low-light. Did you see the purple flowers from inside the hallway?

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      1. Sofia Alves Avatar

        Are they hydrangeas?

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  20. KL Caley Avatar

    What an amazing post, MArsha. I love the colours in these images, they really pop. KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, KL. I spent a large part of may day finding and labeling purples. I was super pleased that I had so many!

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  21. BeckyB Avatar

    wow so many challenges included, what a star you are

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I don’t know about a star. Some readers don’t like to read 10 posts a day, or in this case 5. Since I tend to be wordy, it’s probably better to limit it to one shot wordiness! LOL

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      1. BeckyB Avatar

        well I think you are definitely a star, and a very considerate one too 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Awww you are so sweet Becky B. 🙂

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