Saturday, August 19, 2017
Nearby, I made another stop to explore a patch of Sunflowers, and that produced some surprises. I wondered about the origin of the name, although it's pretty obvious that there's a resemblance of each flower (composed of two kinds of flowers, disc and ray) resembles the Sun. I also thought about the many times in the Sacramento Valley west of Colusa I have seen fields of cultivated Sunflowers facing the early morning Sun as I drove by, then still facing the Sun in the afternoon on my return trips. So, I wondered if the name could have originated from the fact they "follow the Sun." With that in mind, I was startled to see that in this patch near Cromberg, all the blossoms were facing away from the setting Sun. Hmmm. Tomorrow I'll post my favorites of the Sunflowers, too.
After wandering for around 15 minutes in a very dry, brown, and combustable field, a shrub-like flowering plant (above) stood out as the pink blossoms were like little lights in an otherwise drab background. Then I dropped my lens cap, and as I bent down to pick it up, I noticed that my new pants were covered with sticky seeds. That called for a photo.