Fields, down by the river, are usually planted to corn and soybeans. This year was no different save a few very welcome plots of sunflowers. I have been watching these since early spring. At first perplexed as to what these unfamiliar germlings might be it soon became clear that they were sunflowers. I kept a close eye on the fields hoping to capture some images for this blog. Just as soon as the plants came into flower however these apparently shy individuals quickly turned their heads toward the ground and set seed. Opportunity lost. Until today. As a result of a touch of frost the living hues of yellow and green faded to brown. This, together with dry air, combined to darken the plant tissues further to grey and black. As I drove along the river today it struck me that these plants looked like a large group of people bowing in solemn reverence. Although these are not the photographs I had anticipated last spring I think they are every bit as interesting.

9 thoughts on “Sunflowers

  1. Bravo. Never enough field-o-sunflower pics for me. And it prompted me to make the call to a local farmer whom I buy sunflower pellets from for my turkeys! He raises them for his own feed and it’s a wonderful local resource. Happy Saturday!

    • Thanks. My daughter was visiting Lebanon, New Hampshire the other day … I believe she slipped over to Vermont to have a look around. She said it was beautiful and that we should move there … more ‘like minded folks’ she said! We are indeed thinking of moving (on the 1-2 year plan), perhaps we should think about giving Freedom and Unity a try! D

      • I drove back and forth through PA over the past month twice and thought, as beautiful as the countryside is, that you should also move to VT. It’s interesting what a difference a few states makes. Very interesting. I know a GORGEOUS place for sale down the road – they’ve done so much work with it over the past 5-6 years and now they’re relocating to be near their sons’ brewery which has exploded with business near Boston. We’re in no hurry for them to move, very lovely neighbors. Well, you know you’ve got a connection in Southern Vermont … just give the word and I’ll start passively looking 🙂 Wouldn’t you just love to live 10 minutes from a farm that raises their own organic grain and sells it to neighbors?!

    • Thanks. I’d been watching these for so long. Fully intended to get good photos when they were flowering back in June. Who would have thought that they finally made the just before harvest? D

    • This is a commercial variety intended to be harvested for either the seeds or the oil. It was developed to be productive rather than showy. Even the pretty (garden) varieties will eventually bow down, but only after quite a lenghty period of showiness. The ones I’d been watching weren’t even that colorful when at their prettiest. D

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