Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunflower Safari

Poppy Garden © Karen Mathison Schmidt
5 x 7 • oil on 1/8" Gessobord
gloss varnish for UV protection and easy cleaning

Auction ends June 5

Poppies! I love how their stems are so skinny it seems they couldn’t possibly be strong enough to support such lusciously full blooms. They’re just happy little sidewalk heralds announcing to passersby that summer’s right around the corner. I love ’em!

Tomorrow I’m going sunflower hunting in Gilliam, Louisiana, with my friend Sandra and her sister. Gilliam’s Sunflower Festival is going to be on Saturday, so we’re hoping we’ll find lots of sunflowers to photograph tomorrow. When we went last year we drove around and couldn’t find ANY! Finally we stopped and asked someone, “Where are all the sunflowers?”

“Right over there,” he answered, pointing to a smallish patch of sunflowers down the road in front of the local granary.

“That’s all?” we asked.

“Pretty much.”

So we got back in the car, laughing, scooted down the road to said sunflower patch and spent a leisurely hour or so taking a couple hundred pics of this one little crowd of sunflowers. It was pretty fun, anyway, but we’re hoping tomorrow’s trek will take us to acres and acres of sunflowers.

Although, seeing as how there’s a lot more money in corn than sunflowers these days, I expect we’ll find only a few sunflowers tucked in here and there amongst acres and acres of corn.

We’ll see!

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