an afternoon with light-crazed sunflowers

“Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.” ~ Eugenio Montale

Saturday, July 19:  Today, two days after my mother-in-law passed away, I take a break from the funeral preparations to go to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area off River Road in Montgomery County, Maryland.  At this point, our family is waiting for her visitation and memorial service on Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 & 24, and there isn’t much to do but pass the time.  I decide I’ll create a tribute to her life filled with flowers, which she loved dearly.  I’ve mentioned before that she had a lovely garden, and I think she would have liked to wander through these fields of sun-drenched flowers.

It’s late in the afternoon when we arrive, and I’m surprised to find that the sunflowers are all facing away from the sun.  That seems counter-intuitive to me.  It also makes taking photos challenging, as we have to face into the sun.  I end up taking a lot of photos of the backs of the flowers.  Many of the sunflowers are past their prime, but some of them are perfect.

I hope you’ll enjoy the sunflowers on this lazy summer day.

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There are a lot of people out posing with the sunflowers today.

People posing with the sunflowers
People posing with the sunflowers

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