Southwest Sunflower

sunflower against bright blue desert sky

Southwest Sunflower

This sunflower, one of several in the area, towered over my head as it stretched toward the bright blue early morning sky in Bluff, Utah.  It seems amazing to me that these can grow this tall and strong out of nothing but sand and red dirt.  It was a welcome relief to the eye from the dusty reds and browns of the surrounding scenery.

Sunflower

fall sunflower against a cloudy sky

Sunflower

The more I come across this image in my photo library of a sunflower set against a fall sky, the more I like it.  The strength of sunflowers always amazes me.  Its huge, dense head is actually a mass of thousands of flowers, and can weigh several pounds.  At its center, the flower petals are actually in a very complex spiral pattern.  In addition to its beauty, the sunflower’s determination to withstand the conditions of its environment and reach the sky is inspiring.