Sunflowers, Ottawa and Petersfield

Driving on backroads near Petersfield MB, we finally found a convenient place to stop. We’d seen sunflower fields in several places, but finally found a place where I could get in close, even in sandals.

Unfortunately, the plants were largely past their prime and were facing away from me, with no access on their far side.

Rear view of sunlfower in end-of-summer field.

Petersfield, 2017

Although it’s hardly the canonical shot of a field full of sunflowers, I like it for the sense of being just out of the action and struggling to see over a crowd. I don’t like its messiness.

It reminded me of some shots I hadn’t thought of for years. The ugly concrete-faced highrise across the street from us in downtown Ottawa had some untended flower boxes out front. One summer, one of them harboured straggly sunflowers.

Close-up of sunflower in front of concrete building.

Ottawa, 2004

This flower has a cowlick of sorts, saving it from boring perfection, I guess.







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6 Responses to Sunflowers, Ottawa and Petersfield

  1. Tom Watson says:

    They tell me that once you have a field of sunflowers you’ll always have sunflowers, because it’s hard to get rid of them.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Or corn, eh? Or poppies? I saw a field near this one with a few lonely stalks of corn scattered across some low-growing plant like soybeans. Weeds are all in the grower’s intention.

  2. Judith Umbach says:

    There are never too many pictures of sunflowers – van Gogh knew that. I like the crowd view photo.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – As near as I can tell, the world is full of things of which there are never too many pictures. 🙂 And I feel like an elite curler when I say, “I don’t hate it.” Thanks.

  3. Laurna Tallman says:

    There are never too many sunflowers, aside from pictures of them. A garden patch of sunflowers ten feet tall in dinner-plate sized yellow and butter-plate bronze and red proclaims hope and joy next to a home fraught with difficulties. I choose to let them anchor me in the sea of challenges.

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