Sunflowers of a different color

I bought a packet of sunflower seeds this year that showed a mix of red, yellow and brown flowers.  I thought they would look nice against the  trellis that was supposed to be covered in passion vines with purple flowers.  The sunflowers thrived, the passion vine, not so much.  The contrary passion vines did send runners into other parts of the garden where they were NOT supposed to grow. 😉

Autumn colors sunflower

close up

Photo-bombing bee

Bee close up

I also have a dark red one.  The insects got to it before it opened which gave it the raggedy edge.

Dark red sunflower.


Last year we had a volunteer Sunflower come up in the yard under a stand of Oak trees.  It was about six feet tall, slender stalk and had a beautiful bloom that you can see if you click on the link above.  This year we had one come up near the house. It is about three and a half feet tall with a thick stalk.   The blooms are similar.  It has been fun watching it grow and the bees are enjoying this early bloom very much.  

Bee on sunflower showing size comparison


Bee on sunflower cropped


Young sunflower closeup

A walk in the park and other photo fun.

I am still experimenting with the new camera and realize there is much I need to learn about the various options.  I’m having a lot of fun though. 🙂


Converted to Black and White with Photoshop Elements 13

Cathartes aura – Turkey Buzzard (Vulture)

Bee on dewberry blossom

Closeup of bee

Green eyed kitty


Wren in garden

Lazy Saturday Afternoon

This is a little pin cushion cactus that grows wild around our place.

Much more subtle than the larger Prickly pear that we see around the hill country. Love the blooms.  I normally miss seeing them bloom.

Button cactus flowers 4-22-2015

Close up of cactus flowers

 Asclepias asperula, Antelope Horns Milkweed and bee Bee on Milkweed close up

If you enlarge the photo below, it is like one of those seek and find games.
We found seven insects on this milkweed.
Granted it will be a bit grainy when enlarged enough to see the smallest of the insects. This plant supports a lot of life.

Butterfly  bee and other bugs on milkweed

Milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on Antelope Horns Milkweed (of course)

milkweed bug on milkweed 1

On the next three photos with butterflies,
I used the vastness of the internet to try and identify them.
Hopefully correctly. 🙂

Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)

butterfly on milkweed 2 cropped close

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) on Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

White butterfly on Blackfoot Daisy

I think this is a Southern Dogface -Zerene cesoniahis

Yellow butterfly on yellow wildflower

Unknown tiny insect on wildflower

Small bug on wildflower

China Berry blossoms  – China Berry tree Melia azedarach var. umbraculifera

This is an invasive non-native tree. It’s saving grace for me is the fragrant blooms.
I Love them.

Otherwise, the berries are a mess and the wood is weak.

Chinaberry blooms

wildflowers in vase 2

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,