Giant Sunflower

I Grew Exactly One Giant Sunflower

Giant Sunflower
My Giant Sunflower.

I planted a variety of sunflower seeds this year. I was determined to have a field of flowers so I could paint them and pretend that I was a modern-day Van Gogh. Mother nature must have been onto my lofty plans because she decided to make sure my field of gold was only a couple of plants. More like a spot of gold. She did a really good job of making sure my artistic dreams were put off for at least one more year.

The center of my giant sunflower.
The center of my giant sunflower.

I grew exactly one giant sunflower this summer and two little wispy sunflower plants that got beaten to the ground by a light rain. The survival of the fittest theory could not have been more clearly illustrated than it was on that day. I could complain extensively, but since I am trying to be an optimist, I decided, instead, to make the most of the one sunflower I had been given. So, I photographed this giant sunflower until it begged for mercy. Seriously, if my camera had a flash going off this poor flower would have faded to a pale yellow by now. I have pictures from every angle.

Praying Mantis.
Praying Mantis.

I even discovered a praying mantis who soon became the main subject of my photography (and Jim’s).

The back of the giant sunflower.
It’s even pretty on the flip side.

Hopefully, I’ll have something to paint this fall, even if it isn’t a field of gold! One giant sunflower might be all I need after all. I’ll just have to paint it from multiple perspectives and with or without a praying mantis (also from multiple perspectives). If not, I can always fall back on the Starry Night, right? I’ll be the modern day Van Gogh one way or another, at least in my own mind.

 

 

15 thoughts on “I Grew Exactly One Giant Sunflower”

  1. What great photos! I think there is something almost cooler about growing one awesome flower, anyone could grow a bunch of regular flowers!

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