Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Purple

One doesn’t usually think of purple when they think of fall colors so at first I figured that this would be one “Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge” week that I would skip.  The challenge colors for the four weeks of October were green, yellow, orange and red, all colors that we think of when we think of beautiful fall foliage.  But purple?!!!  Then it hit me: ASTERS!!!  Asters bloom in the fall and asters are various shades of PURPLE!!!  As an added bonus, asters attract bees and butterflies!  So here are some photos featuring the color purple, mostly asters, and all with a special visitor.  The first is of a beautiful giant swallowtail in a pretty clump of asters.  The giant swallowtail lives up to its’ name: it’s the largest swallowtail in the Midwest with a wingspan between 5 & 6 inches!

Asters are a favorite flower of migrating monarchs.  Here’s a monarch on native New England aster:

Bees love asters too.  Here’s a bumblebee enjoying one:

Here’s another bumblebee: this one is on verbena bonariensis, also known as tall verbena.

Butterfly bushes also come in shades of purple and they bloom well into the fall.  Here’s a tiger swallowtail nectaring on a light purple butterfly bush:

There’s more great photos featuring the color purple at:

Be sure to check them out!!!

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3 thoughts on “Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Purple

    • Thanks so much! I shoot with a Canon 7D; had it for two years and I absolutely LOVE it! Prior to that, I had an Olympus Evolt E-330, my first DSLR. Some of the photos in my galleries were shot with that camera but once I got my 7D, the Olympus was packed away!!!

  1. These shots are great! I love that you were able to capture butterflies and bees on all of these beautiful purple flowers. 🙂
    Thanks for joining us in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. We’re moving on to brown tomorrow and I hope you’ll be able to join us. The linky will remain open until next Wednesday at 11:59pm CST so you’ll have lots of time. Have a great day. 🙂

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