Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunflowers By The Side Of The Road

Even though it was a rainy day I decided to take a little drive around the countryside. I found lots of things to take pictures of, but my favorites were these roadside sunflowers. I took all of these pictures with my phone, but I cropped the wide edges off of three of them so the flowers showed up a little bigger.

I thought about bragging how I had to walk for miles over rivers, hills, and valleys to find these flowers, but at the last minute I just decided to tell you the truth of how I got these pictures. I didn't even get out of my truck. I just leaned out the window with my phone and got the closest flowers at the side of the road.

I thought this picture above looked kind of artsy. That's why I included it. Maybe I'm wrong and it's just a lonely little sunflower in the wind.

I liked this one because of the branches of the flowers sticking up. That's why I didn't crop it like I did the others.

These sunflowers grow in small groups at the side of the roads around here. Sometimes the small groups can actually get gigantic, but I just saw small groups today. The group in the picture was bigger than I show, but these flowers were the closest together.

Maybe I should have cropped this last picture to center the flower a little better or something. But I didn't. I don't remember why. I liked all the yellow seeds, or whatever they are, in the flower.

I'm not usually a big fan of flowers, but I have come to really like sunflowers. Maybe it's because they grow so well around here. It's partly because they get so big. I like other flowers just fine I guess, especially when I am looking right at them, but I quickly forget most of them when they're gone. I remember sunflowers.

These sunflowers brightened up otherwise gloomy pictures. Sometimes being out in the rain is good.

I'm going to stop this post right here. I am watching a very strange movie while I write this. Maybe a little bit of that got into my writing in the post. That'll work. I'll talk to you later.


  1. It's funny that you write this...I just thought about taking photos of the sunflowers that I see by the side of the road (growing in a patch of concrete ON TOP of a bridge that brings us over a merge point of many railroad tracks). There are 6 lanes of thick, heavy traffic on either side of this patch of yellowy goodness. It's amazing how they bloom in spite of the horrid surroundings.

    1. There's a story in that, Lin. A parable even.

  2. I love sunflowers. They seem to brighten up even the cloudiest of days.

  3. Ratty, sunlight is filtered and diffused on a cloudy day. The results can be pleasant for the camera. That's because there is less contrast. Depending on what you're shooting, the bright cloudless day is not always the best to be capturing images.

    Nice story. The last (not cropped) pic puts the sunflower in its context. It helps viewers orient themselves. Nicely done!

  4. We have lots of sunflowers here in our neighborhood - they attract birds (who love the seeds), so it's all good!

  5. I love sunflowers. I wish they grew on the sides of the road around here. Lots of people have them growing in their yards though

  6. I think it's a lovely post. A little quirky maybe, but I like quirky )))). I really seriously do like your posts because they ARE a little bit different Keep on being yourself and using your unique voice!