Today’s post features some images of Maximillian Sunflowers, captured this past week in the church butterfly garden, here at the Lake of the Ozarks (MO).
The Maximillian Sunflower is a new addition to the church butterfly garden. Several bare root plants were planted last fall and in one short year, they have proved to be a great addition to the garden. Although they were to grow 6-feet tall, a couple of the plants have reached 9-feet, and even 10-feet!
Over this past week, I have captured a lot of images of this beautiful sunflower, including some of the pollinators that love this plant.
First year bloom of Maximillian Sunflower patch:
A Monarch butterfly visits the sunflowers:
“Stretching to the Heavens”:
Bee collecting nectar:
Another flower about to appear:
Coming up … the great Monarch migration!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
- Canon 180mm macro lens and Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lenses
- ISO Various
- Aperture Various
- Shutter Various