A week or so ago I noticed a beautiful field of sunflowers on the way home from work. Last Wednesday I finally remembered to bring my camera with me and I asked Dale to stop so I could take some photos of these yellow beauties. I had to traipse my way through corn and weeds and other growing things but I think it was worth it.
I will say, though, that I was disappointed in my ability to capture the entire field. I brought my wide angle lens and wanted a shot of the rows of sunflowers but I couldn’t get close enough to get the depth of field I wanted. I am not entirely satisfied with this one but it’s the closest I got to the picture in my mind.
I am infinitely happier with the close ups, however. The clear blue sky is the perfect contrast to the flowers and I could have stayed there shooting for a good long time.
I read up a bit on sunflowers in order to write this post and I learned that even though we think of the sunflower as one huge flower, it is actually made up of hundreds of tiny flowers called florets.
The yellow petals are not petals at all but are protective leaves that cover the center of the head while it is growing and the brown center of the sunflower is a mass of hundreds of flowers, all growing individually, and from where each sunflower seed will originate. Pretty cool, I think.
I’m sure you’ve all seen sunflowers before but I think it’s hard to judge just how big they are unless you’ve stood in a field of them. These guys were taller than me by about a foot and their stems are big and sturdy.
I love that sunflowers are just as pretty from behind as they are from the front. I think there’s just something so beautiful about the sharp points on those green edges and the way they curl around to protect the flower petals.
Even the sunflower buds are beautiful.
I love finding opportunities to photograph the things around me, especially when it’s as simple as pulling the car over on the way home from work.