Thursday, September 17, 2009

Simply irresistible

On the way home from running errands in Salem this afternoon, I saw a field of sunflowers. Like the honeybees and bumblebees, I was irresistibly drawn to them. You never know what you capture until the memory card is uploaded to the computer; the full-field shots I got were so-so, but I loved some of the close-ups I got. Since I couldn't choose, you get to see them all. Which one do you like best? (Click on any to biggify.)








How about a give-away? Leave a comment saying which four photos are your favorites, and when we get back from our weekend horse-camping trip I'll choose a commenter at random to win a set of four photo notecards.

P.S. Did I plant another earworm in anyone? Hee!

That's it for now from . . .

23 comments:

Rayna said...

Second photo down...I love how the head isn't even opened with petals yet, but it's still striving to keep it's face towards the sky :)

Kim said...

#2, #3, #5, and #8... but they are all super! My camera doesn't take such wonderful closeups... or more likely, I don't know how to take them! Yours are delightful.

Jody Blue said...

#8
Have you ever seen a teddy bear sun flower? I met one for the first time yesterday, I will look for seeds next year.

Sharon said...

A single one popped up in the front yead - a volunteer from the bird seed? It has such a pretty little face - and happy. No wonder people equate sunflowers with happiness.

Gail V said...

The third one. It's a classic, I know, but that symmetry in nature is amazing to me.
I confess I like the all green closed bud face-on, too. . .

Michelle said...

No, Jody, I haven't! Might have to google that one to see it, now that you've piqued my curiousity....

TigereyeSal said...

1,2,5,7

They are all marvelous, though.

Robin said...

So cheery. I love sunflowers. Mine have already died back so I was surprised to see that you found a patch still going.

A :-) said...

I never mind having Robert Palmer in my head (or ears, as the case may be :-) ).

Call me crazy, but there's something kind of creepy about the unopened ones - look kinda like Triffids (old SciFi film). . . And I'm scared of bees . . . I'm such a city girl :-D

Theresa said...

2,3,7 & 8, although it was darn hard to chose with that Robert Palmer earworm, complete with video image swirling around. :-)
Have fun horse camping!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Well, if I only had to pick *one* favorite it would be #2. Hard to choose between the others, so I guess I'm out. Lost on the Robert Palmer reference...

Tammy said...

My four favorites are the three bee shots and the very last one where the sunflower is still closed up but you can see all the others in the background. The bee shots are awesome.
Tammy

Sharrie said...

I like them all since they remind me of my "little sunflower field" which grew under my bird feeders. I couldn't bear to mow them so I had a small sunflower patch right at my back door. Your pictures are wonderful.

Donna said...

#2 -Love the salutation to the Sun....
#5 -This is the "bees knees" as far as I'm concerned!!
#7 -Just a bit shy....
#9-"Is she still there???"

The sunflower is one of my favorites...makes me think of being a little girl in the garden with my Mom...she is still my inspiration in the garden! My own gardens seem to have a mind of their own...as did she!!! LOL
I miss her spirit!
Thanks...

Claire said...

Wow, I love them all! You really caught the essence of sunflowers in these. My favourites are #2, because I love the way the light catches the little hairs on the sepals as they are opening. The lighting is perfect on that leaf too, showing the vein structure. I also love #3 because you don't really see the bee unless you look closely because the bee is lined up with the circle. I like #7 because of the greens - so many different greens in one opening flower. Remarkable! Then I'm stuck between 8 and 9. I think I'll go with 8, because I like the fact that you have to know what an opening sunflower looks like to know what plant you're looking at in that photograph, and again I love the detail of the downy hairs on the whole plant. Fuzzy!

Kenleigh's Fiber Studio said...

Lovely photos! The sunflowers along I-5 are just stunning right now. I like #2, #3, #4, and #8. Have a great weekend!

Leigh said...

1, 2, 3, 5. Love that yellow. :)

A :-) said...

Hey! Mosey on over to the blog - there's an award for you there :-)

Shula said...

I like them all too but the first one is my favorite. I just wanted to say have a great time on your horse camping weekend! :)

Jenny Holden said...

Oh beautiful. Haven't picked a favourite, but I do love sunflowers :o)

Yolanda said...

I am glad to have found your blog. I know that sunflower field as I go to Salem often. I live just up the road in Mac.

Michelle said...

Welcome, Yolanda! Nice to have a local along for the blog-ride!

And now I remember that I need to figure out a winner for this little give-away. I'll get on that right now....

Michelle said...

Congrats, Donna; you're name was pulled out of the hat! Email me (link at right) your snailmail address and I will get your selections out to you!