Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Eye of the Beholder

This year for some reason my cosmos did not reseed with yellow and orange abundance as it usually does.  This year my zinnias have become rich salad for either that new cute bunny or that fat and dumpy looking groundhog and nothing is left to photograph or cut for bouquets.  I do not know the real thief because they are both sneaky, the bunny is also brave and I was on travel.

My sunflowers 'en masse' look bedraggled and sparse and bug eaten.  The goldfinch visit each afternoon waiting for their meal to ripen.  Therefore, I am left to fiddle with darkness and light and have created these artistic expressions of the beauty that is in the eyes of the beholder of the camera from the few actual blossoms that tower way over my head due to lack of sun.   The photos have been shrunken so that no one steals them without attribution.  I do have my standards.  But they are large enough to be viewed on a computer screen and to share with those who do not have sunflowers.  There must be people somewhere who have as much difficulty as I bringing these sunny faces to the yard?








9 comments:

Scriptor Senex said...

I too have difficulty growing them. This year I cheated and bought two already fully grown from a nursery. It's now so hot here (comparatively speaking, of course) that unless I water them twice a day they wilt and look very sorry for themselves!

Brian Miller said...

ah they are lovely though....i love sun flowers even a bit ragged they carry a wonderful bit of beauty...

Joanne Noragon said...

We were wondering over our own sunflowers just yesterday. They seem to be coming to that little circle on top that means a blossom. Three weeks of rain and some deer marauders have held ours back.

ellen abbott said...

I planted some cosmos seedlings this spring that I got at a plant swap. They are easily 4 1/2' tall now and nary a bloom. I didn't think they could even get that tall. my sister's and my friend's desert rose are blooming like mad. mine has never ever bloomed. but I do have wild field sunflowers growing around the burn pile. yours are beautiful, especially the pics of the ones with bees and bugs.

messymimi said...

My black thumb only grows crab grass, so i salute anyone who can coax anything but weeds out of the soil!

Red said...

For all your complaining, that's not bad at all. I'd settle for those in my yard any day. It's going to be a while before my sunflowers even bloom.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

No cosmos, 2 small zennia plants where I usually have more then I can count. A very few sunflowers for the amount of seeds that were planted. I do believe these under the feeder is from food for the birds. Maybe next year more will return...
Also the beetles have at all from my one rose bush.

Barbara Shallue said...

I love sunflowers! Thank you for sharing these. I haven't attempted to grow them myself. It's survival of the fittest around here!

Kat said...

You've done a wonderful job on the photos. They are gorgeous!