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Wandering Stars

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!

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 9:20AM
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

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
23 Jul 2012 9:46AM
Particularly well composed and very colourful.

23 Jul 2012 10:04AM
V1 with the wee tad of vignette foe me

Ayoob 7 Australia
23 Jul 2012 10:33AM
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Jul 2012 10:35AM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 10:50AM
V1 is very effective, the soft vignette enhances the delicacy of the subject.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:01AM
Three most beautiful floral studies.

Regards Nathan
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:03AM
A great example of these beauties
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:13AM
You've done them proud Ann in all three versions!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:32AM
WOW, these are pretty!
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:49AM
Very pretty shot.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
23 Jul 2012 11:52AM
I have never seen this unusual flower, a lovely set. - gary
23 Jul 2012 11:55AM
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.

9 10 10 England
23 Jul 2012 12:11PM
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
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
23 Jul 2012 12:22PM
Beautiful set! Who could choose among these 3 beautiful images? Patti Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Jul 2012 1:05PM
From delicate to bold frame filling, all three look good to me, Ann.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Jul 2012 1:09PM
Three beautiful full frame presentations, Ann, my vote goes to V.1 today. Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Jul 2012 4:21PM
A pleasure to view-- these images are wonderful! Thanks!
Ray42 10 3 England
23 Jul 2012 5:11PM
Three corkers - well done Ann
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 6:18PM
Such a lovely way to present these, going in close for the stars detail.
23 Jul 2012 6:29PM
Beautiful capture
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
23 Jul 2012 11:10PM
Fantastic and lovely set of images,very well done,
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
23 Jul 2012 11:31PM
If i had to pick just 1 it would be v1but i like them all.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 7:56AM
beautiful images. Love the tight framing. excellent Ann. paul
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jul 2012 10:33AM
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 Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 2:12PM
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.
24 Jul 2012 2:41PM
A beautiful set Ann,I find it so hard to capture this colour,well done..Lin
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 2:47PM
Cracking series !!....but V2 stands out for me !! the upright format, & how the flowers are so tightly packed.....impressive !!
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 4:43PM
trio of cracking images xx
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 12 19 United States
24 Jul 2012 6:34PM
'Brilliant Floral macro Images!' ~ LEx Wink
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 8:24PM
What perfect three shots here Ann
such a beautiful flower and so well captured
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 10:39PM
Three excellent shots Ann but V2 gets my vote today. Love the detail and vibrant colour.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 9:14AM
Beautifully captured Ann.

I hope your sister had a good time in Vietnam.

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 8:33AM
Great shots Ann, i think V2 does it for me. A big thank you for your award, it made my day.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Jul 2012 9:33AM
a mesmerizing macro!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2012 6:06PM
A top class set with v1 being the pick of the bunch
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
31 Jul 2012 1:35PM
Very lovely set Ann.
Well done.

Techno Plus
9 2.7k 8 England
2 Aug 2012 11:31AM
Have the same variety in my garden, nicely taken and presented.
Tibetan 5 3 England
9 Dec 2012 4:43PM
I would like these lovely, well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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