Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's What Sunflowers Do

by Joann M. Ringelstetter

Sunflowers are native to North America. While North Dakota leads the country in the production of sunflowers, you can find some fields of sunflowers in Wisconsin. If you notice a bright yellow field in the distance in late July or August, there’s a good chance it’s sunflowers.

Stumbling upon a field of sunflowers in Wisconsin is always a treat. Their bright yellow heads follow the sun, so your best views will be on the eastern side of a field in the morning or on the western side in late afternoon.

We found this field of sunflowers growing in Columbia County at the end of July last year. We were in the same area this year at the end of July, but the sunflowers were just beginning to bloom. Sadly, we haven't made it back to see them in full bloom.

Helen Keller said, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.”

And, as always, Happy Shunpiking!

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