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Photogenic pollination

Sunflower close up with pollinator activity


Sunflower Saturday.

Let the pollinators do all the work while I take pictures.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Wow, gorgeous shot!
Comment by Amy Sat Jul 28 22:55:16 2012
Amy --- I totally agree! He hit jackpot!
Comment by anna Sun Jul 29 07:51:58 2012

I had this vision a month ago on my sunflowers. I now have half eaten, falling down heads. The yellow finches moved in. At first I blamed the squirrels, but then I saw those finches and they eat from the top down, so the squirrels come along and eat from the bottom up. I now have a section of mostly empty stalks. :D

(and some fat birds and squirrels)

Comment by c. Sun Jul 29 23:30:33 2012
I'll bet your flowers had already gone to seed. I harvest them fast when they're ready --- long before they get dried up --- if I want any of the seeds to go to the chickens instead of the local wildlife. The goldfinches will even come and pick out the seeds as they dry under the porch!
Comment by anna Mon Jul 30 07:53:56 2012





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