“The More Grateful I am………”

"The More Grateful I am, the More Beauty I see." Quote by Mary Davis

🙏”The More Grateful I am, the More Beauty I see.” ~Mary Davis

Today, I’m grateful for another day with my 93 year old father! Our time together always puts a smile on my face……and his😊

What are you grateful for today?

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For the Love of Photography – Sunny Sunflower

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you may remember a post from a few years back titled For the Love of Photography “The Accidental Sunflower Garden” .  The post was about two (2) beautiful sunflowers growing wild in our backyard thanks to a few leftovers from our backyard critters.  They were so much fun to photograph that summer.  One photo even managed to make its way into my Etsy Shop as both a greeting card and matted print.

So, you can image my delight when the same thing happened this year!  Lucky for me, this time they were growing on the lower section of our yard and within easy reach of my macro lens.

When I discovered them, there were three (3) scraggly little stalks each growing at different heights. From a distance they weren’t much to look at except for a few buds and one (1) bright yellow flower standing tall with its face pointing towards the morning sun.

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As I moved closer to the tallest stalk, I noticed the brightest flower was surrounded by a few other buds each waiting for their chance to shine.

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Sunflower Macro

Rain droplets on the Sunflower petals

 

Clearly, the sunflowers had another purpose in their short lives.  The garden insects quickly found them and began to nourish on their sweet nectar and delicate petals.

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Green bug devouring the Sunflower petals

Fortunately for me, the bees didn’t seem to mind my camera lens snooping around them.

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Bumble Bees gathering nectar

But my favorite shot is the one below with the detail of the disk florets beginning to take shape.  Don’t you just love the geometric shape growing from the middle outward?

Sunflower Macro Photography

Disk Florets beginning to take shape

It’s been a few weeks now and the flowers are beginning to shrivel up and the stalks are slowly drooping towards the ground.  I’ll miss my little sunflower garden once the blooms have all faded away.  Hopefully, if they’re left undisturbed, they’ll dissolve into the earth and will come back bigger, stronger and brighter next year!

Donna

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For the Love of Photography “The Accidental Sunflower Garden”

We keep our birds and critters amply supplied with sunflower seeds.  We have multiple feeders, both in the trees, on the ground and we also scatter a few piles of seed on the walls.  So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when two (2) sunflowers popped up in our backyard a few weeks, ago.

A first, we thought these were weeds, but as the buds began to grow we realized we had an “accidental sunflower garden” in the works.

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Randomly perched on the wall above the bird feeders and other plants, these scraggly looking flowers have brightened our garden for the past few weeks.

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While I’ve seen the hummingbirds feed from them I think the bees have enjoyed the sunflowers the most.

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I just love sunflowers…..don’t you?  They are simple, yet elegant flowers which stretch tall above the others reaching up to the sky with bright and cheery faces as they follow the daily movement of the sun.

According to Greek Mythology, the reason why sunflowers follow the sun is based on the story of Apollo and Clytie, a nymph, who adored Apollo.  In the beginning, he loved her too, but soon he fell in love with Leucothoe.  Clytie became so jealous she told Leucothoe’s father of the relationship and he punished her by burying her alive.  In anger of what happened, Apollo turned her into a flower. Clytie continued to love Apollo and spent her days watching him as he moved the sun across the sky in his chariot, just like sunflowers move to face the sun.  There are several versions of this myth, but I found this particular version, along with its various cultural meanings and symbols on the following site:   FTD Sunflower Meaning and Symbolism

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As you start your weekend, here’s a little weekend advice from a sunflower (credit Pinterest Pin – author unknown):

“Be bright, sunny and positive;

Spread seeds of happiness;

Rise, shine and hold your head high!”

 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Donna