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