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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
As I walked across the walkway toward the beach, I noticed a purple flag signaling the presence of dangerous wildlife. Here, the flag indicates the presence of the Portuguese Man of War. Their iridescent blue is beautiful, but their sting can be painful.
I welcome back ROY G BIV – the mnemonic device indicating the order on the color spectrum – an order also listing from the longest wavelength to the shortest. I decided long ago to honor Roy by featuring a beach walk for each color – but ROY G BIV does not have a letter P.
Purple is not one of the spectrum colors because purple doesn’t have a wavelength. Issac Newton didn’t identify purple. But to me, indigo is a shade of blue while violet is close to purple. Besides, I believe thinking about purple will be easier than violet.
Besides the warning flag, purple is not a common color on this beach – so I must rely on thinking. My first thought takes me back to my hometown. Purple Panthers was our school’s nickname. That became history once we combined with two other small schools nearby, so that purple is now a distant memory.
Purple is my wife’s favorite color, and she wears it well. I imagine her influence is the reason I have several purple items in my wardrobe. Purple is also one of the colors we can wear when ushering at the playhouse.
Purple is my birthstone – amethyst – but grapes, eggplants, plums, violets, irises, asters, lavender, lilacs, and orchids come to my mind – even purple cauliflower. I like wine made from dark grapes, but the wine isn’t purple.
Purple is not a color commonly found in nature. I’ve seen a purple finch, which doesn’t look purple to me. I know purple herons exist but have never seen one. However, I know the sea is home to purple urchins. However, purple flowers are popular.
As I write this, it’s Mardi Gras season throughout the southeastern United States. Purple is one of the colors of the annual celebration. Yes, purple – along with gold and green. Purple on clothing and party favors. Participants toss purple beads from parade floats. Purple sugar and icing decorating King Cakes. Interestingly, purple is also the color of the season following Mardi Gras – Christian Lent. In a way, these two purple seasons contradict each other.
Purple is a color we associate with kings, queens, and nobles – with magic and mystery – with logic, reason, and seduction. While a color that attracts attention, some see purple as luxurious, to others it is extravagance.
While Deep Purple provided Smoke on the Water, drugs led Jimi to Purple Haze. Steven Speilberg directed Color Me Purple, but Prince delivered Purple Rain. Sheb Wooley told about the One-eyed, One-horned Flying Purple People Eater, but Joe South and The Big Bopper upped the ante with the Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor.
The lyrics of a patriotic song for Americans include Purple mountain majesty, but the phrase has a variety of meanings. I also remember Purple Mountain Majesty being a Crayon color. The USA honors injured soldiers with a Purple Heart.
Purple is the color created by blending red and blue. No wonder a purple state is one equally balanced between Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue). Voters in these states see many political advertisements.
Purple can be dark or light, bright or muted, and with variations such as violet, mauve, magenta, and jasmine. Did you know artists complement purple with yellow?
This tribute to purple was difficult for me to write because only about half of these thoughts came to me – and they were disconnected. So, I relied on Google to fill in many blanks because purple is my way of completing my tribute to ROY G BIV. Now, I can think about white, black, gray, and other colors because walking on the beach is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Purple
- Purple Haze (a poem with different styles)
- Art Print – Purple-Blue Jazz (a painting)
- Purple Passions (poem and photo)
- Purple Storm (a poem)
- Purple – RDP Friday (photos)
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