Prairie annual…

Late evening sun brings out the details of this Annual Sunflower (Helianthus anuus). I consider annual plants in the Chicago area to be non-native and therefore unable to survive Chicago’s frigid winters. The Annual Sunflower, however, is a prairie native and a hardy survivor. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg
Annual Sunflowers are quite tall, up to nine feet tall, so attract attention naturally. Read this article. I learned reading this article that there are long-tongued and short-tongued bees?! Long-tongued bees prefer the Annual Sunflower. This plant was part of a restored prairie section next to the Linne Woods, Chicago Forest Preserve just north of Chicago. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg
The images today are some from 2007 when prairies and woodlands were a major focus of my lens. The evening light is the perfect time to capture the details and mood of the prairie and its plants. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg
A portrait of a plant’s flower can be more revealing when it’s environment is included. Here the Annual Sunflower seems to be looking over it’s prairie home. Copyright 2020 Pamela Breitberg

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