Summer storms in the winter, where are you spring?
The first time I noticed yellow finches flitting around was two years ago. They were feasting on sunflower seeds from the tall stalks of once beautiful sunshine flowers that now were just pin cushions of seeds providing nourishment to the birds. By the time I noticed them they flew away, yellow streaks to across the field to find the protection of an old tree. These are elusive little birds.
I have been on a mission to photograph these guys. Today when I arrived to check my garden’s harvest I saw them fly over to the fence with their not so showy finch cousins. No sudden moves. I walked v…..e……..r………y……..s…….l…..o……..w…….l……y through the garden and stood very still, sometimes squatting out of site waiting for a yellow finch, also known as a gold finch, to present himself to my camera. Finally one began streaking around the garden looking for food as his little body caught the late afternoon sun.
The name alone brings a smile to my face. Images of Pooh bear with his hand in the honey, the dog who won my heart as a teenager, Honeybear, a stuffed golden bear that I sent with my baby on her journey to be with her family…. this flower reminds me of all these moments through my life. The flower looks like one could just lay in it’s petals and take a nice nap until it came time to go to seed and the golden finches come to feed.
This is my new favorite flower. Thinking of way to grow them all year! The Goldy Honey Bear Sunflower from Botanical Interests.
If I had to have a goal for 2011… it would be to travel more to locations far and near! I have been looking at some “vintage” images from the nineties and am really getting the itch.
While I was out driving today through some areas where flood waters had devastated homes I noticed a few things (other than the piles of belongings) the bushes and trees were brown on the bottom half from all the muddy waters and lack of oxygen and there were no blooming flowers. Here is my first installment of Optimistic (thank you Mayor Karl Dean for saying this is the new word for Nashville): the Iris. Tennessee’s state flower. These are from my Betsy and David’s yard and while I am not a huge fan of the iris I just love the color of these. I love the contrast of purple and gold and that the beautiful afternoon light.
We all know what these are. Their bright yellow flowers either repel some people or make others smile. They make me smile! The dandelion is more than just what some say, a weed. Have you ever eaten dandelion greens.. they are delicious! You can also eat the yellow blooms. I read where you can add them to salads to add color, texture and an unusual bittersweet flavor or batter and sautee them. The taproot is also edible. The leaves are full of vitamins and minerals. My favorite part is the seed head. They remind me of a lion’s mane. Yards are full of them!!
So yesterday was such a lovely day of discovery. Mother nature is pushing the beauty of daffodils and crocus through the earth. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
I have been fascinated with this flower for years. I was so happy to see my neighbor’s banana tree with a blossom. He promised that when he cut the plants back and dug up the roots for winter he would bring the blossom to me. A few weeks ago he delivered! I became pseudo biologist and had some fun exploring and photographing such a beautiful creation.