Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stray Sunflowers - Maree

“The gaudy leonine sunflower
Hangs black and barren on its stalk,
And down the windy garden walk
The dead leaves scatter - hour by hour.”
- Oscar Wilde

(Helianthus annuus) Native to the Americas - done in my Moleskine Nature Journal - 8" x 5"

Driving past Happy Acres, which was a field study centre and is now known as "Woodland School", on my way to Magaliesburg (Gauteng, South Africa), I passed these Sunflowers on the verge of the road. There are often stray Sunflowers showing up in front of the Cosmos, due to stray seeds falling from trucks passing by. If the sunflower is almost ripe, I often stop and cut one down, taking it home to my Cockatoo, Danny, who just loves to pick the seeds from the head.


  1. Lovely Sunflowers Maree! I wish I could see a field of these majestic giants in bloom,oh what a sight it would be!

  2. Thanks a lot Desiree! You're right, it's a majestic sight to see acres and acres of them, all looking in the same direction, East.

  3. Such delightful life and movement to this sketch Maree. Feels like you're zooming past in the car. Terrific colors!

  4. Ha ha! Thanks a lot Paula! That was almost the case! If I hadn't asked hubby to slow down, might have missed them!


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