24 Oct 11. It being that season of the year when all things bright and beautiful put on their finest display of color, I like to spend a fair amount of time attempting to capture as much of it as I can. Most of the time we generally turn our attention to the trees and shrubs for their brilliant displays, but many of the flowers do likewise, and one of our favorite fall flowers is that of the Princess Plant, Tibouchina urvilleana. For the past couple of years we have been admiring this plant in the local nurseries and finally purchased one in the Spring of 2010. It sat on our steps doing nothing (we actually thought we had bought a dud) until early September when it rather suddenly began putting out flowers for perhaps two months; not realizing we had bought a semi-tropical plant we left it outdoors and the first frost, sadly, killed it. So Sunday we decided on another copy and now we have it indoors for the nights and will be putting it outdoors during the days as long as the weather permits. It would be nice to keep it indoors all the time, but as the beast completely fills up our front porch entry, it needs to find a spot outdoors during the day, if possible. The main thing that attracted us to this plant is the absolutely beautiful purple flowers that for some reason photograph as deep blue, so I've adjusted the color in this image to actually match that of the plant as close as I can, plus I've done a "bit" of gardening so that all you see are the petals and not the competing materials surrounding it. Otherwise this is a straight from the camera image. ISO 200; 1/60 sec (with flash) @ f /10.