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Allium christophil, the wandering stars of the July garden here. They started life at the furthest edge of my garden but once the seedheads dry they roll elsewhere in the wind and now grow in a large swathe at the opposite end of the flower garden. Thankfuly even the weather of summer 2012 has done nothing to prevent their beauty and they are much appreciated not only by mere humans but also by visiting Bees and Hoverflies. There's a little Hover hidden within one version which you might enjoy trying to find.

These flowers grow from bulbs, reach a height of between 15 and 40 cm (6-16 ins) and have a large, spherical umbel of 50 or more star-shaped, purplish-violet flowers. All forms of ornamental Allium are cousins to the Onions you use in your dinner!

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix GF3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jun 2012 - 4:43 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Wandering Stars
Username:EAS EAS
Uploaded:23 Jul 2012 - 9:17 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 9:20 AM

Just as I upload, I find a similar type of image next to mine! Lovely shot and beautiful flower. None of my alliums have come up this year - I blame the dogs Wink

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 9:46 AM

Particularly well composed and very colourful.

Albert

digital_boi
23 Jul 2012 - 10:04 AM

V1 with the wee tad of vignette foe me

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
23 Jul 2012 - 10:33 AM

WONDERFUL SET AND NICELLY PRESENTES...Grin

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 10:35 AM

Difficult flowers to do justice to, Ann, but I do like what you have done here: V 1 in particular presented with that slight vignette and the open gaps between the full florets letting the eye travel into the sphere to see those yet to open is my favourite.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 23 Jul 2012 - 10:35 AM
mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 10:50 AM

V1 is very effective, the soft vignette enhances the delicacy of the subject.
Moira

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:01 AM

Three most beautiful floral studies.

Regards Nathan

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:03 AM

A great example of these beauties

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:13 AM

You've done them proud Ann in all three versions!
Ann

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:32 AM

WOW, these are pretty!

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:49 AM

Very pretty shot.

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6535 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:52 AM

I have never seen this unusual flower, a lovely set. - gary

Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:55 AM

A beautiful construction of natures work Ann and three outstanding close ups with superb light colour and detail. I found the little hover fly in the top right hand corner in V2 and in the middle right hand side in V3 Grin this is well good work and top shots.

Gary

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 12:11 PM

If my memory serves me right I saw lots of these in New Zealand and was captivated by the beauty. Your set is exquisite Ann. Glad you enjoyed Glenfiddich and hope the memories were happy ones.Smile
Joan.

PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 12:22 PM

Beautiful set! Who could choose among these 3 beautiful images? Patti Smile

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 1:05 PM

From delicate to bold frame filling, all three look good to me, Ann.

Dave

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 1:09 PM

Three beautiful full frame presentations, Ann, my vote goes to V.1 today. Carol

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 4:21 PM

A pleasure to view-- these images are wonderful! Thanks!

Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 5:11 PM

Three corkers - well done Ann

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 6:18 PM

Such a lovely way to present these, going in close for the stars detail.

canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 - 6:29 PM

Beautiful capture
Jim

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:10 PM

Fantastic and lovely set of images,very well done,
saeid

NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2012 - 11:31 PM

If i had to pick just 1 it would be v1but i like them all.

PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 7:56 AM

beautiful images. Love the tight framing. excellent Ann. paul

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 10:33 AM

Two lovely things I've just learnt. One, the word 'umbel'. Two, that Allium is about onions and not just garlic!

3 lovely shots of these beauties, Ann. V1 is superb for the presentation, but V2 has to be my favourite. The colour and richness there are ammmaaazing.

Is that the hover in V2 at the top?

Andrew Smile

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 2:12 PM

I do so love these, but they are so hard to capture especially when they are fully in bloom. An excellent series, well done Ann.
Carole

sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 2:41 PM

A beautiful set Ann,I find it so hard to capture this colour,well done..Lin

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4605 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 2:47 PM

Cracking series !!....but V2 stands out for me !!.....love the upright format, & how the flowers are so tightly packed.....impressive !!

sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 4:43 PM

trio of cracking images xx

RajaSidambaram
24 Jul 2012 - 4:59 PM

These clumsy florets brought out so well, Ann.Buds & florets have lovely color. In V1 the top left floret has excess number of petals & stamens (a mutant?). - Raja.

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 6:34 PM

'Brilliant Floral macro Images!' ~ LEx Wink

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 8:24 PM

What perfect three shots here Ann
such a beautiful flower and so well captured
Lillian

Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 10:39 PM

Three excellent shots Ann but V2 gets my vote today. Love the detail and vibrant colour.
Ray

dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 9:14 AM

Beautifully captured Ann.

I hope your sister had a good time in Vietnam.

regards
Yung

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 - 8:33 AM

Great shots Ann, i think V2 does it for me. A big thank you for your award, it made my day.
Brian

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 9:33 AM

a mesmerizing macro!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 6:06 PM

A top class set with v1 being the pick of the bunch

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 1:35 PM

Very lovely set Ann.
Well done.

B.

Techno
Techno  61006 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 11:31 AM

Have the same variety in my garden, nicely taken and presented.
Mal

Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Dec 2012 - 4:43 PM

I would like these lovely, well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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