Drawn to the sun

22 07 2008

I must confess that the sunflower fields at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area were a bit overwhelming at first. It was so much to take in visually! After climbing a ladder we had brought (as did a dozen other photographers sharing the field with us) to get a sweeping overhead view, I lost my sense of direction (physically and photographically) for a moment (or two). Once I shot the overhead perspectives, I had to narrow down my field of view to concentrate on closeups of individual flowers. The sheer number of flowers and insects buzzing about made that a bit difficult! To give you an idea of the number of sunflowers in the main field (there are two separate areas), I’ll upload the panorama-like shot on a separate posting. These four below are some of my favorites culled from Saturday morning’s photo adventure.

The downside about this place (my personal opinion) is that it is a public hunting area, no permit required. Read more here in a Washington Post article about why the sunflowers are really grown.

I knew there was an association for virtually everything, but I just discovered there is one dedicated just to sunflowers—the National Sunflower Association, located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Sunflowers have become an important agricultural crop for U.S. producers.

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Ah Sunflower

Ah Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

William Blake (1757-1827)

Photos © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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4 responses

22 07 2008
hankinslawrenceimages

Great photos! We saw several people with ladders and step stools out at McKee Beshers this year. I think I’m going to bring one out next year. I’m wondering if you were the person arriving with the ladder as we were leaving on Saturday morning a little before 8.

Now that the sunflowers are pretty much done blooming, I just go into denial about why they really grow them. I’d rather not think about hunting season.

23 07 2008
Denise Turner

WOW!! These photos are incredible! I really admire your talent. 🙂

23 07 2008
BakerWatson

Stunning photo’s.

And you are right. Fields of sunflowers in full bloom can be overwhelming. I recall when I was younger several farmers around my home town experimented with sunflowers as a alternate crop for a couple of years for the oil producing seeds. It was amazing to ride down the road and see acres and acres of sunflowers in bloom or to walk out among them. It must be some sight in those states where they are grown as crops annually.

25 07 2008
Laura

Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing them 🙂

We have a farm nearby that grows sunflowers as turkey feed. I have some great photos of my then toddler son standing in the blooming field. Of course, in most of them he is screaming his head off, but the sunflowers are awesome in any case :lol

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