Monday, September 12, 2011

I Love Sunflowers




I love sunflowers.





I love the magic encased in their spiky packages,





and how their petals unfurl and turn their faces toward the sun,

catching its fire.





I love the way the little stars of pollen appear





and multiply, 

attracting pollinators,





before sprinkling out like parmesan cheese on a pizza.





I love the texture of their leaves

and the graceful arch of their stems and the stiff white hairs that cover them.



And I am awe of the One who made them,

who also made the stars,












kimklassencafe

The texture on the first photo is Autumn Burst by Kim Klassen.

54 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Your macro images are so beautiful! I love the silhouetted textures!

Barb said...

Love your 'ode to a sunflower'! it is simply beautiful!

missing moments said...

Great photos of the lovely sunflower.

S. Etole said...

Loved this every step of the way. The sun shining through those petals is awesome.

lisa said...

Connie, these are really some amazing images!
The last one is truly perfection to me.

Thank you for linking up at The Creative Exchange today.

Have a great night, and a wonderful Tuesday!

lisa.

hannah said...

Breathtakingly beautiful.
You have distilled the absolute purest grace from the sunflower.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful details from the sunflower. Great shots !

Rosemary Aubut said...

Gorgeous images!

Sivinden said...

Lovely captures!

pens and needles said...

I just love the mental image of the pollen as parmesan...perfect! Your pictures are wonderful, as always, Connie...love this!

Kia and Zeno said...

We love sunflowers too, and you did a beautiful texture work. Such a delightful image :)
** seen in Kim's TT

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! This photo really takes my breath away. I also really enjoy your discription of sunflowers and your pictorials along with it.

Sandy said...

these are so beautiful! love what you wrote! I feel the same way about their smiling faces ♥

Tricia said...

ohhh sooo beautiful, esp the 1st one =)

Claudia Finn said...

Your entire series is sooooo beautiful and I love the applause to the Creator!! Amen!!

Pure Joy Photography said...

Wonderful series of pictures and words... I love it!

Jill said...

What a beautiful post. And, photos.

Pat said...

These are such beautiful images, Connie! Your work is masterful!

colorpoems said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I love the textured one, perfect!

Julie Legg Photo said...

I love what you did with the sunflower and Kim's texture. All of your photographs are truly beautiful as well as your writing. God has gifted you with much and it makes Him smile to see you use it well. Can't wait to see some fall pics from the Ozarks. I'm in K.C. and don't get there enough. Blessings. Thanks for commenting on my blog about the purple flowers.

ShonEjai said...

I must say, I am right with you. I love sunflowers as well. And looking at your photos make me love them even more.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Each one is wonderful.

Sylvia said...

Sunflowers are really beautiful, you've taken gorgeous photos !
Love the textured one too !
Thanks for your nice comment,
Sylvia

Kateri said...

Wow, your photos are so beautiful!

(coming over from impefect prose)

lissa said...

gorgeous! love the first shot.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the photos, but your descriptions are amazing... wonderful. :)

DebC said...

These are all lovely,
but the last one . . .
the last one is perfection!

Jennifer Richardson said...

such a beautiful
sunflower
psalm:)
-Jennifer

Mira said...

I love these sunflower shots! Did I say I LOVE them? Beautiful captures and the texture int he first one is perfect!
Thanks for stopping by @ my blog!

Rose said...

Love sunflowers, love this post.

Deanna said...

I see you love sunflowers as much as I do....terrific images, lovely words!!

Ellie said...

BEAUTIFUL!! All of it!
And you're right - we can only admire what HE created !!!

emily wierenga said...

exquisite.

Anna said...

Hi Connie,
This post is a breath of wonderful sunshine and warmth! A perfect contrast to the swirling snowstorm outside my window. These captures are all gorgeous and I'm with you - I love sunflowers, too!!!
Happy New Year to you!

Seeing Each Day said...

What a spectacular set of photos from 2011 - I'm particularly in awe of your 1st, 3rd and last photo. A good friend of mine also has an affillation with sunflowers so it's really nice for me to see your wonderful captures and editing of these. Really great work.

Linda Makiej said...

gorgeous photos and beautiful texture work!!

Hilda R.B said...

Amazing series of photos. Great works.
Happy New Year to you.
Greetings from Hilda

Merike said...

Gorgeous image collections. Colors are so fabulous :)

Nadege, said...

Lovely images... such a pretty flower.

Ellie said...

Absolutely stunning shots Connie, I'm finding it difficult to find a favourite as they are all so lovely.

lisa said...

What a beautiful series of images this is Connie! They are such wonderful reminders of a warm summer day.

Thank you so very much for sharing today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a great day!

lisa.

One said...

Amazing shots! You have brought out the best in them.

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning shots. Love their composition and DOF.

Pat said...

Each one of these is a stunning image!

LauraX said...

exquisite series!

Kathy said...

A beautiful series of shots! Makes me miss the beauty of summer flowers. But I look forward to their arrival down the road.

Kathy

hannah said...

That's the ONE!

Ruth said...

A wonderful post, the images as well as the words are beautiful.

Rosie said...

These are really beautiful! I love sunflowers, too! I also love your processing!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous photos. I must say that sunflowers are a favourite of mine too. Happy New Year. V

Jeanne said...

These are all works of art Connie. Love your capture of this beautiful sunflower!

justine said...

these make me think of summer, beautifully photographed

Lisa said...

These are so lovely and perfect for Creative Exchange. I love sunflowers too and wish I could find a field of them here. I'd spend all day with my camera in there! Hope you are having a wonderful new year.

Zinnia said...

Stunning pictures, one more beautiful than the other... yet I could never choose my favourite lest the others become sad!