Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll continue Rik Gern’s series of lovely photos about a sunflower opening and then dying (see yesterday’s first installment here). I’ll add his introduction:

Here are some pictures for consideration in your Readers Wildlife Pictures collection.

This is more like mildlife than wildlife; these are common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that pop up in my back yard every year. I decided to do a series of “portraits” of the flower heads as they transitioned from tight buds to flowers to dried out husks.  I love the fact that something as common as a weed can provide so much beauty, and all for free; all you have to spend is a little time to observe and appreciate.

The pictures were taken with a Canon SD PowerShot 400 and processed in Photoshop CS6.

Part 3, with sunflower lagniappe, tomorrow.

 

13 Comments

  1. Brad
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Amazing photography! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    All are lovely. That 5th one especially.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted August 25, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      +1

  3. Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I agree with his philosophy of “observe and appreciate”. Very nice “mildlife” photography!

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Cannot help but think of the sunflower as weed due to my background on the farm as a kid. Actually one of the evil ones due to it’s ability to spread. Not as bad as the number one invasive species, Canadian thistle, Cirsium arvense but maybe number two. How tall a sunflower will grow seems to depend on the surrounding growth and it can rise to over 10 feet to clear the corn in an Iowa field. Sunflower is the proper name for this plant.

  5. caracal
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    What a great series, thanks

  6. Posted August 25, 2018 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Amazing,,,excellent

  7. Kenneth Averill
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, thanks!

    ‘The beauty of things must be that they end.’
    ~Jack Kerouac

  8. Ivar Folstad
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Utmerket Vidar, vi ser det litt an med teltet…. ..if

    From: Why Evolution Is True
    Reply-To: Why Evolution Is True
    Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018 at 14:46
    To: Ivar Folstad
    Subject: [New post] Readers’ wildlife photos

    whyevolutionistrue posted: “Today we’ll continue Rik Gern’s series of lovely photos about a sunflower opening and then dying (see yesterday’s first installment here). I’ll add his introduction: Here are some pictures for consideration in your Readers Wildlife Pictures collection. “

  9. Mark R.
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful lighting makes for beautiful photographs. Bravo!

    It’s also a fun fact to note that the pattern of sunflower seeds follows the Fibonacci sequence…aka golden ratio.

  10. Diane G
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    You are a genius with lighting!

    • Elaine E.
      Posted August 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Yes, totally agree. Magnificent photos, thanks 🙂

  11. Posted October 13, 2018 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! But it didn’t die. I hope that it was pollinated, and we’ll see photos of the seeds.


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