The Simple Onion, an Allium

The Simple Onion

The simple onion, like many things in Nature, covers its complexity with an appearance of simplicity. It belongs to the genus Allium, which includes other things such as garlic and chives.

Especially relevant after the busy-ness of a holiday, a little simplicity the next day can be relaxing. My neighbors, organic gardeners, grew this beautiful little allium.


The “Simple” Onion, an Allium

Summing up, this quote from Sir Isaac Newton applies to many aspects of Nature:

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” ~ Isaac Newton

Finally, photographing this photogenic allium was simple fun. It presented a different challenge from my usual flower photos. I thank my neighbors for leaving it in place long enough for me to photograph it!

4 thoughts on “The Simple Onion, an Allium

    • Hi, Tim! It was. Most of the onions were just straight, but there were several that had really nice curves. Burton and Rosemary left them long enough for me to photograph.

  1. A beautiful image, Susan. I love the flowering heads on onions and their kin. Garlic scapes are also interesting subjects, growing into some unique curled forms.

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