End of the Line: Photo contest entry at GGW

Here is my entry for this month’s photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild. The theme is “End of the Line.”

This is an allium gone to seed, brown and dying, metaphorically at the end of the line. It is also literally at the end of the line—its straight, brown stem. But there are other lines at play here too: the curving line of the brown pot, and a diagonal line of spherical alliums from the upper left down to the focal point, starting with an unripened green flower head, progressing to white flowers, then focusing in on the brown, faded seedhead.

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22 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    That is a good one Pam. I am still mulling over some photos to see which I might use.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This is a good one Pam. Shoot those alliums seeds with a little spray paint and you could keep color in your garden for a long time.

    Good idea, Lisa, only this isn’t my garden. It’s Chanticleer. —Pam

  3. Sweet Bay says:

    That’s a beautiful shot.

  4. Good one – literally & metaphorical. And it’s a beautiful shot to boot!

  5. Mamaholt says:

    Great shot! Hey, you got hammered over at my site. Come see!

  6. Layanee says:

    That is a beauty, Pam. Love it.

  7. Lovely! This is such a fun idea. I still think about your “On Your Knees” shot.

  8. Frances says:

    Ah Pam, you have taken the instructions very literally with all those lines! Well done. I am still thinking, make that mulling over how to proceed. I do love allium seedheads, they are so long lasting well past the bloom time.

  9. Hello Pam,

    I love the texture of this plant. The photo is beautiful in it’s starkness. Good Luck!

  10. Gail says:

    it is a good shot Pam! The alliums seedhead always makes me think of my favorite firework. gail

  11. Caroline says:

    totally awesome! good luck!

  12. Lola says:

    Great pic. Good Luck.

  13. Chookie says:

    I like the way the colours echo across the photo. Best of luck!

  14. Jean says:

    Gorgeous. I do love that shot.

  15. Tracey says:

    What absolute loveliness, Pam. I am a huge fan of post-blossom silhouettes.

    And thank you so much for clueing me into the photo contest over at GGW. What fun!

  16. Town Mouse says:

    Great shot! I’ve kept some allium myself (is this “Star of Persia”?) for the attractive shape, even when dry.

    Pretty amazing what a variety of posts we have for this contest…

  17. What a nice shot you got. Indeed, lots of lines and many connotations for the theme. I don’t have any allium seedheads left in my garden, but they are such a great flower.

  18. linda says:

    Beautiful photo Pam. I enjoyed reading your description of the composition as much as the photo. I haven’t grown alliums before, but added a few bulbs this fall. I’m looking forward to the blooms and seed heads as well.

  19. Aren’t allium great – they provide interest in the garden all season long. Nice photo – thanks for sharing.

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  21. Pam, Great depth of field on this shot. I love allium heads, too. Congratulations on your GGW recognition.