Sunflower Daze

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A small part of the 10 acres of sunflowers on the Pellett farm.

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When the plants are young and supple they rotate with the sun, but as their stems grow rigid they become fixed in the direction of the sunrise.

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The rays of this immature bloom are just beginning to color.

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One tallboy backlit by the afternoon sun.

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And all host to a multitude of pollinators, including variegated fritillary (Euptoieta claudia).

32 thoughts on “Sunflower Daze

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Judy–It was a beautiful afternoon and gorgeous place, reminding me of family farms in Virginia where I grew up. I couldn’t wait to get away when I left home for college, now I look back with fond memories of those days.

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  1. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Yum! There’s a farm conservancy near here with a huge field planted with sunflowers. It’s really dramatic and the views are stunning. Love your photos: They’re all so beautifully composed.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Beth–This field was just coming into full bloom, so the timing was perfect. And I had an errand in the morning, so we had to go in the afternoon which turned out to be lucky. The backlit sunflower against the blue sky is stunning, I think.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Dweller–Here’s an interesting fact: sunflowers are one of the very few crops grown in all 48 contiguous states, which certainly includes a wide range of growing conditions.

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  2. germac4

    Stunning to see all those sunflowers in bloom, I’ve never seen a whole field of sunflowers, so thank you for a bright sunny image on a wintery day here in Canberra..

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Gerri–The largest field seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see, but had been planted earlier in the season, so the flower heads were already hanging low and the rays had begun to wither. Lucky for me, this field was camera ready. Enjoy your cool weather. Thank goodness it’s not as hot here as usual, but August is still ahead and all bets will be off then.

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  3. karen

    Wow,what an amazing sight. My sunflowers in the cut flower patch haven’t even started flowering yet. Enjoy the view. It’s glorious. All the best. Karen

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  4. Cathy

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing! We occasionally get a field full of sunflowers near us, but I haven’t seen any for a few years now.

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  5. pbmgarden

    Dazzling. The fritillary looks like a hair bow on a little girl’s face. Charming. Apparently there is a field of sunflowers grown in Raleigh and used to create biofuel for city vehicles. Hope to get over to see it.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Susie–I can’t believe you said that, because I thought so too! I took roughly 25 photos of the butterfly and chose this one because the butterfly was perfectly positioned on the sunflower’s face.

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  6. Teri Clark

    Marion, there were fields of sunflowers surrounding the town of Giverny, France, home of Monet. In fact I bought one of his prints that he did of a field of sunflowers. Both artists and others feel their beauty.

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  7. Lou Peabody

    Great sunflower pictures, Marion. Where is Pellett Farm? I hope you are having a good summer and some rest from your travels. Best regards, Lou

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  8. samba2017

    I loved the butterfly photo! Thanks for sharing. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s post is about sunflowers in case you have time to look? Sunny greetings, Sam 🙂

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