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Amethyst Sunday Stills and other Colorful Photo Challenges

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.

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  1. 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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    • 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. πŸ™‚

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  2. 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 πŸ™‚

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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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