I had no idea how much purple was around me when I started looking for it for this photo challenge. It holds up well in the desert sunshine, and provides a nice contrast to the eye, but the light washes it out and makes it impossible to photo with my point and shot camera. Purple is commonly used as an accent color on buildings, both residential and commercial. Perhaps that's because few of the native flowers are purple, and so it adds to the color palate. You'll just have to trust me that these are purple in real life.