As autumn comes nearer every day, I´m trying to soak up every bit of sunshine before it gets all cloudy and gray around here… just like a sunflower 🙂
I´ve always admired these beautiful flowers, especially for their name-giving ability to follow the light, even on a rainy day.
And I just love watching all those bumble-bees, bees and other insects busy harvesting the nectar.
All sun-flowers on these photographs were taken from tiny gardens that have been planted over the years on the edge of the former airport Tempelhofer Feld.
It seemed to me that the tinier the garden patch, the bigger the flowers got! Some of the mighty heads surely weigh over 2 pounds.
The sunflowers reminded me also of one of my favourite poems by William Blake:
Ah! Sunflower by William Blake
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.
Not only insects love sunflowers, but birds too of course – here you can see that half of the seeds are already picked 😉
Wish you all a golden and beautiful autumn – or, if you´re living in the Southern Hemisphere: a blossoming and sunny spring! 🙂