Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunflowers

 I have grown up in rural Manitoba and I can't recall a summer without seeing fields of sunflowers.
I used to think that this was just another crop and didn't really pay much attention to how these flowers looked,after all,the goal was for the seeds to ripen and then send the combines in to harvest the crop.
That is still the goal today,but my priorities have changed.Since taking up photography,I see beauty in almost every place.

A field of sunflowers in full bloom is gorgeous from almost any angle.



The heads are held up high and those bright yellow petals draw attention to the seeds forming in the centre part.




Let's just take a closer look at the heart of a sunflower. Each tiny floret will have a seed at it's base.If the rains come at the right time and the bees get in there to pollinate these flowers than later in fall a harvest of sunflower seeds will be available.


Did I mention that each flower needs to be pollinated? Here one bee is busy doing that while also collecting pollen and nectar to take back to the hive. I find it fascinating how God has created all of nature to work in harmony.


One last look at this field of gold.It won't be long now and those heads will be bowing under the weight of the seeds in it.It is about at that same time that some of the birds may find an easy source of food. I am fairly certain that there will be seeds enough for the birds to enjoy some and yet for the farmers to get a good crop.

I found this quote and thought it was suitable for today:
Thank You,Lord,for the richness of honey!
Though the myriad wildflowers,or sunflowers,that supplied the nectar have passed from the earth,
their sweetness lives on.


28 comments:

Shug said...

Great quote and perfect for this post. I do love sunflowers ... They make my heart happy

George said...

These are beautiful pictures. We missed the sunflowers at Biltmore this year, so I doubly appreciated your wonderful photos.

Ike and Martha said...

Beautiful series, Ruth!

TexWisGirl said...

i'd love to see a whole field! :)

Rick said...

Yes, amazing how creation can work in harmony so that even the bees and insects and birds of the air are looked after. Too bad people can't do that without looking to see what another has.

Colorful and nicely detailed shots Ruth.

Diane said...

Beautiful post,Ruth. I could just smell the sunflowers as I looked at your photos. Diane

Ginny Hartzler said...

I love sunflowers, and we have been running all over town to snap them!! Actually I just snapped some this evening! But a whole field of them!!! I think I would absolutely swoon! Your photos are marvelous!

S. Etole said...

Such a sunny, happy flower.

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E. said...

i love sunflowers. they are so happy & cheerful. like little faces bobbing around. reminds me of the huge field in South Dakota ... it is a rare sight. ( :

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes indeed....they ARE gorgeous. And in my opinion, you saved the best image for last.

EG CameraGirl said...

What's there not to love about sunflowers!! I haven't seen any in bloom here yet this year but am looking forward to it. Love your photos, Ruth.

Sandra said...

I love the last line, their sweetness lives on.. I have never seen a field like this and always wanted to. they are so beautiful and amazing that we get food from beauty like this.

Montanagirl said...

Lovely Sunflower photos, Ruth! But that last one, with the perspective you captured in it, is my favorite!!

Lois Evensen said...

How pretty! I haven't had sunflowers here for a few years and I miss them. Someday when we retire and stay home long enough we will work on the gardens again.

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Your photos are great, as always, but the thing that really strikes me, in this post, is your comment about how your priorities have changed. While you used to see these big fields as just another part of agriculture, now you see the beauty. I’ve noticed the same kind of priority change in myself over the last few years. I think you’ve seen some of my posts on my stairway walks where I include some photos of the wildflowers seen along the way. If I drop back a couple of decades, I probably would have made those walks and paid little attention to the flowers. I would have to say that taking the time to stop and enjoy the little things is one of the keys to enjoying more of life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos. John

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Ruth ~ These are exquisite photos of the sunflowers in all their glory.

DH and I always loved seeing the fields of sunflowers in Spain. One time he got a photo of a little Spanish lady dressed in black riding a donkey through the fields. Your photos bring back wonderful memories. Thank you.

FlowerLady

grammie g said...

Hi Ruth... They are so beautiful!!
I have always marveled at a field of them and how they turn there heads so they are facing the sun at all times!!
Great photo's!!

Grace

Rose L said...

That last photo is so wonderful! Keep shooting, girl!!

Unknown said...

Ruth, beautiful! You're right, there's nothing like a field of Sunflowers!
Beautiful images!

Gail Dixon said...

God's plan for nature is so beautiful. And the sunflower is one of my favorite flowers. So happy and huge! That last photo took my breath away. Perfect composition!

happyone said...

A beautiful field of happiness. : )

Barb said...

A field of gold. What wonderful photos you captured - I love that last one especially. I had no idea each flower requires pollination by bees.

Elaine said...

Wonderful sunflower shots! They do well here, but of course we don't see huge fields of them. That must be quite a sight!

Anita Johnson said...

I have always wanted to see one of these fields for myself. Your photos are so lifelike I think I can scratch that off my bucket list!

warriormom said...

Beautiful!! My daughter is trying to grow sunflowers this summer, but I think they started too late. They have some precious pictures of Charlie, mom, dad, and dad's parents in a field of sunflowers they happened to find on their way home from a wedding last year. So delightful and full of promise!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh My Heart... I LOVE LOVE LOVE sunflowers (as you know). We missed them this year at Biltmore --so we'll have your photos to enjoy!!!!! Besides the bees, I read that finches love Sunflowers...

Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I adore sunflowers, they're such a happy flower. I'd love to see big fields of nothing but sunflowers. It must be an awesome sight. Your photos are fantastic, Ruth!