King of the Sunflowers?

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:

Maximillian Sunflowers

A Monarch butterfly visits the sunflowers:

Monarch butterfly on Maximillian Sunflower

“Stretching to the Heavens”:

Maximillian Sunflowers

Bee collecting nectar:

Pollinator visits a Maximillian Sunflower

Another flower about to appear:

Maximillian Sunflower bud prepares to bloom

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
  • Handheld
  • ISO Various
  • Aperture Various
  • Shutter Various
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