This month's Picture This Photo Contest from Gardening Gone Wild is about filling the frame. I didn't take any new pictures for the contest, but found three candidates from last year, all of them taken in the fall.
The first one was taken at a friend's garden, and I have been wanting to show it since I took it, but never got around to it. My original purpose was to get a shot of a plant I covet, Senna alata. However, when I enlarged the shot at home I was able to see how well the color from the Zinnias and Dahlias played with the Senna. I also liked how the summer flowers seem oblivious to the impending fall, whose colors are creeping in from the background landscape. In the end I decided not to submit this one as I was not sure it quite met the requirment to fill the frame.
My second choice was taken along the Great Dismal Swamp Canal in Chesapeake and has already been seen on this blog. The swamp's dark waters are famous and when still are a mirror reflecting anything above it. I thought this picture definately filled the frame, but I ended up picking another.
Perhaps it was the ghost of Roger Miller singing in my head, but this is my entry in the contest. I saw these fallen apples on the ground in varying states of decay where we camped in Shenandoah National Park. I was tickled with how the shot came out, it immediately reminded me of a painted still life of rotting fruit and I think it does fill the frame. The theme is similar to my entry into last month's contest, but I think this is a much better shot.