Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Drive-bys

For a few weeks I've noticed a different variety of wild sunflowers growing alongside the roads around town. I don't remember these last year, but then again, 2012 was a blur. Gathering my gear, I hopped in the car, opened the sun roof, and turned on the music. All the while my ugly hair blew in the humid breeze. (Okay, two posts about my hair, so I think I'm going hat shopping soon.) The plants and flowers seem to thrive in the humidity, so maybe my hair is not so important in the big scheme of things. But it sure feels like it!

I think these are pale-leaved sunflowers, but they are not pale, so I don't know...
Update: Perhaps a narrow-leaved sunflower, aka, swamp sunflower (seen at Our Florida Journal's blog). Thanks, Wally!


No idea if this is some type of wild grass or wild flowers.

This morning glory was growing next to a light post with a large cement base.
Contorting my body to get this shot in order to take advantage of the light was well worth a few moments of discomfort.


I have never seen daisy fleabane asters growing so profusely.
Thanks for the correct ID, TexWisGirl!

Spent sunflower.

This common buckeye (Junonia coenia) posed patiently. Thank you, God.
Linking to Our World Tuesday. Thank you to all the wonderful hosts!

30 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, the morning glory is extraordinary Gail!!!

Kathy said...

Nice fall bouquets!

Lee Ann L. said...

Lovely flowers! And that Butterfly is gorgeous!

bailey-road.com said...

Those wild sunflowers are pretty. Gorgeous buckeye!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful flower shots. I just love sunflowers.

TexWisGirl said...

i wish i was better at iding sunflowers - yellow flowers, actually. :) i think your fleabane is actually asters. we had clusters of white asters shooting sprays all over this fall.

gorgeous buckeye! the 'common' part of their name just does.not.fit!

TexWisGirl said...

maximillian sunflowers is another possibility?

love the light in your morning glory and the 'spent' shot, too!

Karen said...

All our wildflowers are gone for the winter, love seeing yours! That butterfly is awesome Gail!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for sharing these pretty pictures.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful!! makes me think of spring!

Kim Stevens said...

Ooooh that second shot is so lovely, and love the Buckeye!

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know which one I like the best - I like them all.

Wally Jones said...

Wow, what a post full of color!

Great work on getting that morning glory in the right light!

This was a really "feel good" post!

Evelyn S. said...

Again, Gail...I am so impressed by your composition and focus! Each is wonderful in its own way.

Betty Luckhurst said...

I love drive-bys! I take photos of stuff that I like even if I have no idea what it's called! Your shots are simply refreshing.

Carletta said...

I was thoroughly enjoying each image until I got to the last one.
What a gorgeous shot!!!

Laura said...

So beautiful!!! These would be great to share with I Heart Macro this coming Saturday!

David Oliver said...

Great shots, I am glad to see you posting again. I hope your life has normalized.

Brian King said...

That is some brilliant yellow! Love the detail on the butterfly!

Jim said...

Pretty colours.

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous flowers and images. The butterfly is lovely too. Have a happy day!

Linda R said...

Its always a joy to pop in and see your beautiful photos.. Those yellow flowers make me happy.

Hugs~

Amy Burzese said...

I love all those roadside flowers. You got some great shots. And that butterfly . . . beautiful.

Rosemary Aubut said...

The morning glory is glorious! Love them all but that butterfly...WOW!

Amy said...

I love all your flowers, they are all so vibrant and beautiful!!!
And that butterfly is magnificent!! Amazing he stayed still for that!! WOW!

Blessings,
Amy

Starla said...

Sunflowers (even the more "weed" variety) just make me smile!! Your incredible photo skills just make the smile larger!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The butterfly is beautiful, the flowers are colorful and amazing, and I thought you might not minde a post from someone who just loves your pictures and has no idea at all what anything is!!

Linda said...

These are all so beautiful, Gail. I especially liked the second shot of the yellow mystery flower. The morning glory shot and the common buckeye are both just exquisite.

Arija said...

What a beautiful and uplifting post!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Playing catch up here!! All your Macro are stunning! love those sunflowers and little wildflowers!!