Project Alicia : Purple {Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge}

Friday, November 04, 2011

Purple {Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge}

Purple.

From lovely lilac to plum to deep burgundy and everything in between. Quite a spectrum.

But where is it hiding?

I found it in plants native to South Carolina.
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I found it as I was editing fall photo shoots.
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I found it under my nose while trick or treating with the kids.
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I found it atop a cactus plant.
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I found it mixed with other kernels of the indian corn.
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I even found it buried among a variety of leaves nestled up by the house.
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By taking on this challenge I was reminded that we need to slow down and look around.

So often life gets so hectic that we forget to breathe, let alone appreciate the beauty that is right under our nose.

On Tuesday evening I had a thoughtful comment from Sukhmandir Kaur on my ww post, Greetings from South Carolina. It read,"I don't envy you moving but the lake house looks worth it, what fun! It just doesn't seem like you without Iowa but then the distinction of your pictures of the kids show that Iowa is just a place your camera happened to have been in residence for a time, and that you are where your camera is."

This comment touched my heart. And it made me stop and reflect on my photography.

Time and time again I was told how beautiful Iowa looked. There was definitely beauty to be found in Iowa, but truth be told, I had to dig deep at times and really focus in as to blur out the unsightly distractions around me. There were six long months of winter- the landscape can get pretty bleak.

The point is, there is beauty to be found everywhere, regardless of where you call home. Today I feel privileged to have a camera that allows me to capture pieces of beauty anywhere I go.

Slow down. Open your eyes. It's there. Just waiting to be unveiled.

"Photography is the beauty of life, captured." - Tara Chisholm



I’m teaming up with the lovely and talented Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light for the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge – a colorfully inspiring autumn photography challenge aimed at capturing the beautiful shades of autumn.

Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of experience, time commitment and whether or not you’re experiencing fall at the moment.

Simply share your favorite images inspired by the autumn shade of the week each Friday and grab our button while you’re at it.




The linky will remain open from 12:01am CST Friday – 11:59pm CST Wednesday. Link directly to your Shades of Autumn blog post or Flickr photo. Feel free to share your photos in our Shades of Autumn Flickr Group or Pinterest Board as well.

We’ll select our favorite photos of the week and share them with you at Bumbles & Light, Live and Love Out Loud, and Project Alicia the following Thursday.

Next week’s theme will be brown. For a complete list of upcoming themes, head on over to the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge Page.



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43 comments:

  1. So many wonderful finds!
    Love the many expressions on the faces from your photoshoot - a lovely candid shot!
    The purple pumpkin made me smile.

    Carletta's Captures

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  2. Your photos are so beautiful!

    You make me want to join in the Shades of Autumn posts, etc. but I just have a simple "point and click" and am only learning how to use it,....

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photography!

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  3. Stunning! And I'll take your comment to heart - slowing down and actually really look around. I like the cactus macro. You actually managed to make it look soft :)

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  4. Hope the internet situation has been resolved and that you're well settled in. I love these images, the pov on the trick or treat shot is great and those cacti are fab!

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  5. Love it, your photo looks different. I was amaze with the corn with different color, I did not know that there is a corn with that different color.

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  6. A great collection. I especially love the purple candy tote, what a great find.

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  7. Oh, I love your purples! Especially that first one. Gorgeous, with the additional bonus of natural texture :)

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  8. Love the purple shots..especially the one of the halloween pumpkin

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  9. Love your purple shots!!!! It's amazing what you can find right under your nose when you stop and actually look around :)

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  10. So beautiful Alicia. You never disappoint. Great finds.

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  11. I Love the indian corn and piles of leaves at the end. The purple flower is breathtaking, very nice!

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  12. Love the purple pumpkin! All of your photos are beautiful. I think the purple theme is my favorite so far because of the creativity involved in finding the color.

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  13. Perfect, Alicia. Both your words and beautiful photos. I love the leaves shot. Much love xx

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  14. Love that first photo - such a beautiful shade of purple!

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  15. That comment is so sweet- and I completely agree! I can't wait to see your captures of all the new beauty around you.

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  16. LOVE these shots...such rich color!

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  17. the leaves and prickly pears are my favorite. :)

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  18. The first shot just captures me. Lovely hue!

    Also, I feel ya on the looooooong mid-west winter. meh!

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  19. The purple pumpkin is darling!

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  20. Such beautiful choices! I'll have mine up tomorrow.

    Happy Weekend!

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  21. Great captures.
    Love the family picture.

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  22. Aw, love your sentiment. Thank you for sharing the wonderful reminder. So true what you said about photography. I feel like I am seeing the world anew through my lens...almost like having a pair of child's eyes again ;)

    Gorgeous captures Alicia! I'm wishing you many blessings in your new home.

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  23. how cool! I love that first picture, cant wait to get out and find some purple this weekend for my try :)

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  24. Love the point of view on the purple pumpkin!

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  25. These are all fantastic...the corn, the leaves, each one just such a fabulous shade of purple!

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  26. So many beautiful purple finds! Love the first one and the Indian corn! I forgot all about Indian corn this year.

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  27. What lovely finds! Love the happy faces in your photo shoot! I found purple in my garden. I almost forgot I had it...

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  28. A beautiful set of images representing the colour purple!!
    It's not Autumn here but there is plenty of purple in the Spring blooms!!

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  29. I absolutely love your photos....just like every other time I visit! :) You have such a spectacular eye for beauty!!!

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  30. I live in Nebraska (the other Iowa), so I totally get having to dig for beauty during the winter months. Well, at the least, get creative. And that's okay. Makes for some interesting photographs. :)

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  31. LOVE these purples... and love how you are already embracing SC through your lens.

    Methinks you are going to like your new place a lot. :)

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  32. Your photos are stunning Alicia! LOVE the first one! I totally failed at purple! lol. But I'm loving everyone's photos! =)

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  33. Beautiful photographs and beautiful comment left for you!!

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  34. oh I really like those cactus shots!

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  35. Awesome finds. Doesn't look like you struggled at all with finding purple. I really do like that first shot, it reached right out and grabbed me.

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  36. I so enjoy seeing the world through your eyes (and the eyes of the others who contribute to this challenge.) I am still struggling with some health issues, so am unable to get out as often as I want - it does present me with some challenges for getting photos for each week, but so far, so good!

    Hope you and your family are enjoying your new home! (I lived across the state line in Omaha NE for a few years, and know how cold it gets during the winter. Brrr!)

    Cheers,
    ~EdT.

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  37. These pictures are so striking. I wouldn't normally think of Purple as a Fall color but there it is and it's beautiful. Whoever left that comment is very wise and said that so perfectly. She's completely right.

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  38. So many gorgeous shots!! I also never really thought of purple as a fall color, aside from the purple mums. You found so many gorgeous shades! I'm excited to see all your SC captures!

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  39. Beautiful photos as always. I especially love the first and last photo.

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  40. Beautiful pictures!! You can find a lot of things that are purple or shades of it if you just take the time to look :)

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  41. Stunning photos! That first picture is incredible. The color and the composition is exquisite. Thank you for sharing!

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  42. All of your photographs are beautiful, and I especially like the shot of purple on top of the cactus plants. Simply lovely! I also 100% AGREE with you that "there is beauty to be found everywhere, regardless of where you call home". Thank you for sharing your story / post!

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  43. Hi. My name is Kristi and I'm a terrible friend. I can't believe that I didn't take the time to comment on this post after I read it. I'm so sorry! I love all of these shots, especially that last one. :)

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