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Wild Sunflower

Wild Sunflower
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-26 6:29
Viewed: 2785
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
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It is officially fall the last two days, so I say a tribute to summers end with this wild sunflower.

Ah, sunflower, weary of time,
Who count'est the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveler's journey is done;
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

William Blake

It is among the healing plants. If it is wild, as this one is, then the more potent the curing capability. This is one I have not used personally, but have watched it's good affects on people who have asthma. And naturally it is used then for bronchitis as well. I tend to drink ephedra tea when I have a chest cold. That comes from an unrelated plant called Ephedra Sinica, which I buy locally... although it does come in synthesized form, it is now regulated by the name Sudafed. Unfortunately Sudafed is an ingredient for methamphetamines.

In the rear of the wild sunflower are some bachelors buttons which are prolific and grow all over the hills and in cities as well....I will miss these flowers, but shall now exchange parts of my daily life with drives to the farming communities to see the heritage apples and squash of all kind. Perhaps I will go back and grab a picture of the off color bachelor buttons soon. My world is filled with natural things which I love....

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HelloBob! Very nice colors. Regards!

Dear Bob!
This is the most welcomed picture for me today! In Lodz there is almost grey everywhere, it is raining and the clouds are on the sky. Terrible! ;> And your photo brings a lot of sun! And I really wanted something like that!
So thank you very much for showing this optimistic picture :)
My best regards,

Beautiful - sunshiny, warm, vivid...ahhhhh
Makes me feel good looking at it. :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-26 7:24]

Wonderful farewell, Bob
And the colours here are truly superb!
Great details, super framing (I have to find out how you do that!) and perfect notes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-26 9:27]

Hi Bob,

It may be fall in Washington but it is still summer in Arizona. I am envious. Lovely sunflower which has seen better days and is a wonderful symbol of the changing seasons. I love the background and frame.


hello bob,
another fine floral shot from you, this wildsunflower glowing with the light looks great against the dark bg, well composed shot, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

salut Bob

avec sa belle couleur jaune et ses pétales
en forme des rayons de soleil, ta fleur
représente bien l'été,

good bye summer, welcome fall



Hello Bob
Wonderful shot of this Wild Sunflower,
Perfect details,BG and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.
Hope you got my mail :o)


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-26 11:29]

Hello Bob,
you present a striking image of this beautiful flower!
+++ Outstanding colours and perfect lighting, brilliant detail and great sharpness.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

Hi Bob.

Beautiful colours perfectly captured. We didn't have much of summer here in the UK - two weeks of clear blue skies in total. Your flower reminds me of the summer we missed this year, so thank you for that. But looking forward to the Autumn, with its cool, fresh sunshine and clean light. Great for us photographers.

Kind regards,


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-26 13:31]

Hi Bob,
This is one of my favorite flowers. I love the colours and the POV. Beautiful composition and framing.

Hello Bob,
Excellent exposure and focus on this wild flower that end your summer there!
good clarity, beautiful colour and details which nicely framed!
thanks for sharing

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-26 17:41]

Hi Bob
Beautiful compositionExcellent POV and lovely colors.That flower seem to have one eye looking at us.
TFS Michel

This one literally took my breath away it is gorgeous! Beautiful color and details are superb. Great framing and WOW!! TFS

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-28 14:23]

Hi Bob,
Beautiful photo with outstanding contrast and color. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Lines from William Blake's poem and your picture- story making me wild.

Hi Bob,

The close-up image of the sunflower ios showing the details and colors of the flower. The details and colors of the flower is clear and precise. The colors are enhanced by the quality of the light. The subject is well frame. Have a nice day.


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