I took this image last Friday evening and as you can tell we still had smoke sitting along the Rocky Mountains. However the smoke does give the setting sun a red glow.
I noticed a park bench while waiting on my daughter and decided to walk all around it, shooting from every angle and perspective I could come up with. A good exercise. However, I seem to always get my pants dirty from kneeling.
I had never noticed this field of sunflowers before and driven by several times. So, I’m not sure if its a new field or I’ve just overlooked before. Anyway I turned around and went back to explore the field of flowers. I was not the only one as I encountered three other vehicles all stopping to take photos. We do not know just how large these sunflowers really are until we walk among them. They are beautiful.
And, since you asked: Sunflowers exhibit heliotropism — they follow the Sun’s daily round. Heliotropism most likely helps to increase the development of pollen — once pollinated the sunflower head remains facing east. This daily dance with the Sun results from motor cells in a flexible segment of the stem just below the bud known as the pulvinus. These cells enlarge or shrink according to the turgor pressure of the water against the cell walls. As pressure increases on one side and decreases on the other the stem responds by drooping or stiffening.
As the fires rage in the Northwest the smoke drifts to the eastward, we are seeing the effects of these fires along the Colorado Front Range. Our sunrises and sunsets are turning the sun into a red ball. It is pretty to the eye but sad to know what is causing it. My sister and brother-in-law have been traveling in their RV. They say the smoke in Glacier National Park is very heavy. I took this sunset image last week while I was at the Prairie House.
This past weekend a woman sat across from me at one of the local coffeehouses I patronize. After sitting down I noticed she pulled out a small sketch book from here purse and began to draw. Her hands and the task of sketching immediately perked my attention. After interrupting her she agreed to allow me to photograph her hands as she sketched. This then led to a short conversation and a chance to share something about one another. A camera has the potential to allow for new encounters. Thank you, Betty!
We are coming up on September already. Students are back in school. Mornings are turning crisp so I’ll be putting the shorts away pretty soon. Not sure how many images I have of this broken fence. But, I take a photo just about every other time I walk past it. Anyway, if I’ve posted an image of it before, I apologize.
“We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow strong at the broken places.”
― Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt
Even as summer moves into fall nature is still transforming, creating things anew. I found these new leaves on a bush during an afternoon walk. Enjoy your week!