A Sunflower’s Second Season

I like Sunflowers when they’re standing tall, petals fanned in flames of golden glory.  They are brilliant and beautiful and although the saying goes that they practically beg to be photographed, I’d say that one pleads for the privilege of taking their picture.  Truly, Sunflowers are a feast for the eyes.

But Sunflowers have a second season, where their heads are heavy and their stalks droop down and their glory fades away.  It is during this season that their beauty turns to bounty; no longer a feast for the eyes, they have become a feast for the finches.

I saw this fellow happily munching this afternoon under a canopy of sunlit leaves.  Don’t his feathers blend in perfectly?

It is always a treat to watch the Goldfinches perch and peck away at the seed.

Hmmm…perhaps there is a little something to be gleaned from the lovely Sunflower’s life.  In its younger days, it captures the spotlight and basks in the attention and admiration it receives, but as it matures it gladly bends to give strength and nourishment to others.  That’s how I hope the second season of my life is. 🙂

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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10 Responses to A Sunflower’s Second Season

  1. aussiebirder says:

    A beautiful lesson, a picture of how our life could bless others. Yes the sunflower inspires😊

  2. de Wets Wild says:

    Beautiful observations, Kathy!

  3. 1nmbirder says:

    Beautiful! I was photographing my goldfinches on my sunflowers today 😁

    • kathydoremus says:

      So – I clicked on your blog site and it looks like you had a wonderful trip to New Mexico! And I got to see Scarlett…I think she and Tucker would get along famously. 🙂

      • 1nmbirder says:

        Thank you! I actually live in New Mexico. I love to get away on a weekend with a friend or my husband and see our beautiful state. And yes, Scarlett and Tucker would definitely be fast friends 😁

  4. Mary says:

    Enjoyed your parallel regarding second season of our lives. It’s a shame that when we’re young, we don’t always see the wisdom of our elders.

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