Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

Wednesday’s Photos

Sunflowers and Bumblebees

One of the least demanding flowers, thriving in poor soil and growing to incredible heights, is the sunflower. When a volunteer plant pushed through the loose gravel on the south side of our house, my wife felt inspired by this unexpected appearance of a Russian sunflower and transplanted a whole bunch of ornamental sunflowers from a barrel of dirt where she had started them from seeds. The result of her labours is today’s post on these marvellous flowers, which not only decorated the windowless wall, but also attracted bumblebees and other insects. Enjoy.

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41 comments

  1. Robert Parker · September 5, 2018

    These are terrific shots! The flowers are beautiful, but I actually like the unopened one a lot. I know it’s a good thing, but whenever I see these bees, with pollen all over them, I always want to call them over, sit them down, and give them a good brushing. 🙂

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    • Peter Klopp · September 5, 2018

      Many thanks for your insightful comment, Robert! As to the bees, I sometimes wonder if they are able to fly after wallowing knee deep in the pollen.

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  2. Anne · September 5, 2018

    Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Peter Klopp · September 5, 2018

      I am glad you liked the sunflower photos.

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      • Anne · September 5, 2018

        I surely did. Ours look similar, but a bit more scruffy, I should say, haha. They grew every which way this year! Not very photogenic, but apparently tasty to the gold finches.

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  3. Rashmi Gopal Rao · September 5, 2018

    So, so amazing Peter! Your photos are wonderful as always! Loved the sunflowers:)

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  4. Stella, oh, Stella · September 5, 2018

    They are so beautiful, like miniature suns! I have one in the flower bed, self sown from the bird feeder. The multicoloured ones are amazing!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 5, 2018

      That’s exactly what gave my wife the idea to put seeds in the ground. A seed had randomly been dropped on the ground and sprouted against all odds. Thank you for your kind words, Brigit!

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  5. taphian · September 5, 2018

    beautiful flowers, dear Peter. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  6. PlantsandBeyond · September 5, 2018

    Oh my, Peter. What a gorgeous images you took. Just wow. Thank you for sharing with us

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  7. Amy · September 5, 2018

    Those are amazing! So beautiful, and your photography captures that beauty perfectly.

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  8. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · September 5, 2018

    Beautiful images, Peter. I love sunflowers since my childhood, they have such friendly faces and just give so much joy looking at them.

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  9. roymerilyn323 · September 5, 2018

    Lovely images

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  10. Su Leslie · September 5, 2018

    Beautiful — flowers and your photos.

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  11. Pure Glory · September 5, 2018

    Peter, the sunflower photography with the bees in it are inspiring. So beautiful with all the intricate detail. Thank you for sharing their beauty.

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  12. Marion · September 6, 2018

    Ganz wunderbar, Peter!
    Das letzte Foto ist mein Lieblingsfoto dieser Serie, aber auch das erste ist ganz entzückend.
    Danke für diese schönen Einsichten 🙂

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  13. arv! · September 6, 2018

    My favourite is the last one. These are lovely blooms. Will this “happy” season last for another 3 months?

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    • Peter Klopp · September 6, 2018

      I wish it would. Unfortunately, in another 3 months we will be seeing the first snow in the area where we live here in Canada.

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      • arv! · September 7, 2018

        I guess the summer month doesn’t last more than 5 months

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      • Peter Klopp · September 7, 2018

        Closer to 4 months, arv!

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      • arv! · September 7, 2018

        The happy months?

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      • Peter Klopp · September 8, 2018

        Happy? Yes! But I enjoy all four saisons.

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      • arv! · September 8, 2018

        Great. 😊

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  14. kopfundgestalt · September 6, 2018

    The third one is big!
    I like geometry 🙂

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  15. Nurul Fitri Lubis · September 6, 2018

    Beautiful flowers and shots, Peter. Not just insects are attracted. Me too 🌞🌞🌞

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  16. Sarah · September 25, 2018

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! 😄

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