Monday, July 30, 2012

Happiness is a Field of Sunflowers

One of my favorite back roads near Vicksburg is Highway 22, which serves as a short cut from I-20 to Madison, Mississippi, which is where our daughter and her family live. I have done several posts about Hwy. 22, one of which I wrote last Fall featuring pictures of a Sorghum Field.

You can click on the link to read that post, if you'd like, before reading this one.

My husband and I passed by that field over the weekend on our way to visit our daughter, and you can imagine my surprise and delight to see this glorious sight ...

I had never seen the field planted in sunflowers, and knew I was going to have to stop on our way back home and spend a few minutes capturing with my camera some of those glorious flowers that were literally flourishing in the close to 100-degree temperatures and sweltering Mississippi humidity.

Needless to say, I wasn't "flourishing," but my "photo shoot adrenaline" kicked in as I meandered through the rows of sunflowers, and I forgot about the heat, at least temporarily.

The droopy petals on this bloom seemed to have finally given in to the heat of the midday sun ...

The expression sun worshippers came to mind, as I captured the sunflowers from the back. They looked as if they were bowing to the sun.

There were bees buzzing all around me, happily gathering pollen from the centers of the flowers and ignoring me and my camera ...

Sunflowers are such happy looking flowers and always make me smile ...

I think some of them were smiling too, and happy to have their pictures taken ...

I love the way the light filtered through the petals of the flowers, spotlighting them from behind ...

There's just nothing like becoming part of the Nature surrounding you when you're taking pictures. Whether it's a sunflower field ...

Sorghum Field ...

Cotton Field ...

[Avery Grace]

Or the banks of the Mississippi River ...

I was "in my glory" as I walked among the sunflowers ... and came home inspired. I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures so I can get out and explore and capture more of God's glory that surrounds us.

2 comments:

nancygrayce said...

How absolutely gorgeous! I love sunflowers and your photos are just wonderful!!

C. M. Designs said...

Beautiful pictures Janie, especially the one of Avery.. I love sunflowers but didn't have any luck planting them this summer.. The squirrels did though. :o)
I had one small sunflower come up in a wash tub that I planted flowers in~~~~then to my dismay, found that a squirrel had eaten the blossom and left the remainder on my deck.
Thank you for sharing these pictures. Blessings, Charlotte in Va.