Another Goldie Oldie

I took this ten years ago. Same thing is happening in Mrs J’s sunflowers today.

Sunflower Buffet

DSC_4729 (1600x1060)I noticed a Goldfinch working a sunflower yesterday so I grabbed a few shots.  I realized a little later that the flower he is on is the same one I photographed a week ago:DSC_4698 (1600x1060)Those sunflower have been a real gold mine over the years, providing some of my all time favorite photographs, like this winter shot of finches gleaning from the dry bones of the previous season’s crop:DSC_3274_Snapseed [1600x1200]I can easily understand why finches love these flowers, the seeds are a great source of food for them.  I bet this hummingbird was disappointed, though:DSC_9944 [1024x768]

Rise and shine!

Our lone surviving sunflower greets the morning.  Mrs J had trouble germinating the giant sunflowers this year, and the drought and the heat have stacked the deck against them, too.  The National Weather Service has warned of excessive heat all next week with temps in the 100+ range through Thursday.

Here’s one of my all time favorite photos, taken last year in the same place:


Staked out the sunflowers with a camera in hand, waiting for some action.  I was expecting the goldfinches and got some nice shots.  The hummer caught me napping but I was able to salvage a picture despite some serious thumb fingered fumbling.


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