Keeping My Fingers Crossed!

A few days ago, I stopped by a local, Missouri Department of Conservation area. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of locations that had been recently plowed. In the past, these areas had been used to grow sunflowers in the summer, but had not been planted for 3 years. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the MDC will be planting sunflowers again this coming summer! The last time they planted was in 2012, where I captured these images:

Sunflower growing in a planted fieldAnother example of how a telephoto lens compresses the landscape

 

Sunflower growing in a planted field“First Born”

 

Sunflowers growing in a planted field

The backs of sunflowers growing in a Missouri fieldA telephoto view of the backs of the sunflowers

 

Hummingbird MothClearwing Hummingbird Moth

 

Monarch butterflyMonarch butterfly searching for nectar

 

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a sunflowerFemale Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

Male Indigo Bunting on a sunflowerMale Blue Grosbeak singing from atop a sunflower

 

American Goldfinch male perched on a sunflower head, with sunflower seed in his mouthMale American Goldfinch pulling sunflower seeds

 

Sunflower growing in a planted field

If the MDC does plant the sunflowers, I will once again hold 1/2 day workshops at this location, concentrating on the large field of yellow, macro photography of the sunflowers, and some of the many visitors that the field attracts. I’ll add workshop information to my Nature Photography Workshops page once I have established that the fields will be planted.

 

 

 

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  • Deb

    Very nice! I am amazed at the variety of creatures you captured with the sunflowers.

  • Thanks, Deb! I was very surprised at some of them also (butterflies, hummingbird). Even had a turkey running among the sunflowers during one visit there … and a pair of deer on another visit! Can’t wait to see what the new year brings among the sunflowers :o)