Serenity Sunday: There goes the sun! (Part 1)

A week and a half ago we made a drive to Baudette, Minnesota, which lies on the southern shore of the Rainy River, which serves as part of the border with Canada.  While we were driving around the area in the fading light of the late afternoon, we came across a fabulous field of sunflowers.  I had hitherto thought that they regularly turn their faces toward the Baudette Sunflowers 9260-1-2sun, wherever it happens to be in the sky, but these—as you can clearly see—were facing away from it.  The next morning they were all still facing the same way, though the sun was rising in the east.  I have always loved sunflowers.  How could one not?  (As always, be sure to click on the photo for a separate and larger image with higher resolution.)

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19 Responses to Serenity Sunday: There goes the sun! (Part 1)

  1. It’s hard not to love a great field of sunflowers. Many people don’t realize the varieties with the huge heads started out as the wild sunflowers that still grow abundantly in America. Europeans took wild ones back to their home countries and bred them over generations to yield large flower head size and large seed size.

    As for whether sunflower heads turn to follow the sun, there’s a lot of contradictory information out there. Your observation was a vote in the negative.

  2. nowatamuseum says:

    That’s a great image Gary! A wall hanger.

  3. lauramacky says:

    Oh how I wish we had fields of sunflowers here! The only place I’ve seen one in person is in Michigan. I love your image!

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you so much, Laura! This wasn’t nearly the largest field of them that I’ve seen but I had the time to wander into and through it for a good quarter-hour, and that relatively rare opportunity for immersion was just glorious!

  4. What an amazing capture. I love sunflowers too.

  5. I’ve only seen a field this large locally once. The folks have not replanted and, while the seeds do germinate, the field just doesn’t look even a little as it had that one year. The whole field was facing to the east…except for one that seemed to have turned to look back at us.

  6. Vicki says:

    What a wonderful sight, Gary.
    I thought all/most flowers faced the sun, but then I don’t know much about flowers in general, only a bit about culinary or English herbs.

  7. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very striking image, Gary – and also slightly otherworldly, which I like. Adrian

  8. I agree with Adrian. Otherworldly! And fascinating.

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