Life in Purple

For Jude’s Travel Words, Life in Colour, this month’s word is the color purple.

Purple hyacinths

A more vibrant shade of purple are these rhododendrons.

Purple displays at Lightscape, a holiday event at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Marine life (corals) at Brookfield Zoo

Faux flowers

Purple in sunrises and sunsets (sunrise in Tanzania, sunsets on Chicago expressway and the Caribbean Sea)

Purple signs (Quebec City & Rio de Janeiro)


FOTD: A Single Tulip

This single tulip popped up in the small garden in back of our house – I had not planted it, and it looked a bit ragged – obviously some animal was taking bites out of the leaves. Probably a squirrel – it brought the bulb to that spot and buried it, so it grew…

Looking closely at the photo above, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before: another tulip stem alongside with the flower missing!

I loved the color of this single tulip and I am glad I took these photos when I did because the next day, we were sitting in our living room and Dale said, “A squirrel is eating your tulip!”

I looked and sure enough: the squirrel had bitten the flower off the top of the stem and would have absconded with it if I hadn’t charged out onto the porch and scared it away! If only the cat had been on the porch, perhaps the squirrel wouldn’t have dared to approach.

Anyway, that is the short and sad story of my one and only tulip. I miss the tulips at our old house, and have resolved to get some more tulip bulbs to plant in the fall. And I will find some sort of barrier or method of keeping those pesky squirrels away!

Posted for Cee’s FOTD 4/29/21.

FOTD: Dandelion

The other day, I was trying out some special features on my new cell phone camera. I had been having trouble getting close-ups of flowers – most were out-of-focus, a problem I never had with my previous phone camera. I found a macro setting and decided to try it out – the first thing I found that was easily accessible was a dandelion. I’m happy to say that the photo came out well: I have never looked at a dandelion this close up before!

Posted for Cee’s FOTD 4/20/21

And because the photo is bright and square, I’m also submitting it for Becky’s Bright April Squares today!

The Colors of April

Lens-Artists’ photo challenge this week is Colorful April. Becky’s April Squares are bright. And Cee’s FOTD is about anything that flowers! (My FOTD is this tiny bright pink one that makes a colorful ground cover.)

April’s colors range from the green of new grass and plants whose flowers have not yet bloomed to bright yellows, fuschias, and whites to the gentle hues of lavender and pink. The first photos (which are square) are of a ground cover flower that is a brilliant fuschia – I don’t know the name of this flower, however. All of these beauties are my daily finds as I take walks around our community’s campus.

Zoom out:

Zooming out further, you can see the entire patch of this flower.

April makes me think of daffodils, which are one of the first flowers of spring. I think of them as miniature trumpets, heralding the arrival of spring!

By mid-month, we are beginning to see the first tulips, in bright hues of red and yellow, as well as many other colors.

Gentler colors are the hues of hyacinths…


and the breathtaking canopies of white and pink of flowering trees – crabapple, pear, and in Washington D.C., cherry blossoms.

Some people add color to the front of their houses with potted flowers, such as these bright yellow and orange pansies.