Friday, September 2, 2011
SkyWatch Friday: Late Summer Sunflowers
I'm having to shoehorn this SkyWatch Friday post into a crazy day, but I couldn't bear to miss it because I've really been wanting to share these beautiful wild sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that I photographed during BW's vacation last week. They grow in great profusion all along a dirt road that climbs up to a couple of gravel pits, on property that is part of the ginormous ranch where we board Mocha. It's a great place to hike with our dogs and enjoy the views!
The view from halfway up the gravel pit road, with
Beaver Creek road and the Big Horn Mountains beyond.
The whole area is thick with sunflowers and thistle,
and the many birds and butterflies that dine on them.
Though the sunflowers were sparse in this shot,
I couldn't resist including one of the girls running to Daddy.
All the other sunflowers are keeping an eye on the storm,
while this one prima donna preens for the camera! ;-)
Trying out different theories about where the sun is hiding,
this group's got 3 of the 4 cardinal directions covered!
I love this friendly guy, who looks like he's waving!
Their bright yellow sure pops against those storm clouds.
I don't know what that ugly rusted culvert-thing is,
but I loved how this lone sunflower looked with it!
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Enjoy your weekend! (And a safe and happy Labor Day to my fellow Yanks!)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"