Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.

There are 70 species of Sunflowers.  The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.

There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods.  Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.

Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction.  They generally rotate very little.

The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians.  They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.

Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.

Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.

And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.

Sunset Reflection

Sometimes the sunset is not in the correct place in the sky.  The sunset in the West was not colorful at all a few nights ago.  But – in the Southeast this beautiful cloud was floating high in the sky.  As the sun from the West reflected on this huge cloud, a glorious color began to appear in the Southeast sky.  I have seen this happen quite often and the results is spectacular; as you can see by the photo below.  This photo is not enhanced, this is exactly what my eyes and my camera lens viewed.

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One Wet Day

It had been raining, but seemed to move out of our area after dropping 3 inches of rain. As it began to clear we saw a beautiful sunrise.   We decided to take a ride up North toward Paradise Road.  A beautiful road, with daisies and flowers growing in the road ditches.

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Well, we found the rain in the North and picture taking was out of the question; for quite some time.  In fact, seeing where we were going was quite a feat.

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But . . .  After the rain began to fall less and less, we saw the most colorful and beautiful rainbow we had seen in a long time.

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The clouds were so white and fluffy in the sky as we drove along.

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This is the stretch of road near our house.  On the left side of the highway, among the big trees in the center of this picture is Home Sweet Home.  What a glorious day to be out in nature. Despite the rain, it was a relaxing and enjoyable ride.

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Daisies

We were out driving through the country the other day and there were daisies everywhere.

Daisies represent innocence and purity.  A daisy is actually classified as 2 flowers.  The white petals are one flower and the yellow disc of petals forming the center are another flower.  The leaves of the daisy are edible and are good in salads.  The daisy is closely related to the artichoke and is rich in vitamin C. Bees absolutely love  the yellow center of the daisy.

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Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

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When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

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“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

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The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

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Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

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“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

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“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Water’s Beauty

Thanks to my blogging friend Kris from Panama – showing her trip to the lovely ocean – I had to go to the lake.  Ha

These baby goslings can swim and dive 30 to 40 feet under water when they are one day old.  These goslings will follow anything that moves – dogs, ducks, humans.  The adult Canadian Geese live to be 10 to 25 years old and mate for life.

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Each Day

There is a church song I love – “A Beautiful Life”.  I love the first verse of this song – “Each day I’ll do a golden deed.  By helping those who are in need.  My life on earth is but a span. And so I’ll do the best I can.” The sunrise this morning was beautiful and as I stood outside I sang this song to myself.

A buzzard flew over, landed in a tree to watch me. A little rabbit bounded by and went on his way.  He was too fast to capture his picture.

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I looked at this cloud and thought I saw a Teddy Bear laying on his back, watching me, as he drifted slowly by.  His front paws were on his chest and his back leg was raised to wave at me.

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These wavy clouds drifted by – as if they were waving a greeting to me.  What a beautiful world God gave us to enjoy.

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I can still see that Teddy Bear raise his head to look at me.  As he drifts along on his fluffy, soft bed of clouds, high up in that beautiful sky.

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The last verse of the song . . . “While going down life’s weary road. I’ll try to lift some traveler’s load. I’ll try to turn the night to day.  Make flowers bloom along the way.”

My husband and I did just that last week for a stranded 60 year old lady.  Her car broke down and she had little money to continue her journey home (500 miles).  She had been sleeping in her car for 3 nights. It was a blessing for us to help someone who told us the truth.  Someone who truly needed help. She said, “God sent her 2 guardian angels.”  She had taken a wrong turn and ended up in our area. We told her God sent her our way so we could help.  A wonderful christian mechanic, we know, fixed the mechanical problems with her car and did not charge a fee.  This lady sent us an email when she arrived safely home. It makes me think of the verse in the Bible – Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”