Before A Sunflower Opens

a sunflower head before it opens
Closeup of a sunflower head before it opens
Closeup of a sunflower head viewed from the side before it opens

I learned that sunflowers have two kinds of flowers. There are the tiny disk flowers in the big disk in the middle where the seeds are formed, and big yellow ray flowers.

Behind the petals there are the green bracts or phyllaries – the ones that look like dancers curving and twisting.

tinted black and white version of a sunflower head before it opens

5 Comments

  1. I love Sunflowers.
    Their stout stems
    Their scratchy leaves.
    Their never-ending flow
    of Fibonacci…
    Layer. Upon layer. Upon layer.
    Elegant form. Texture. Colour.
    Wonderful photos David!

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  2. writemeow says:

    I love these photos! The sunflower is such a proud and happy-looking flower.

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    1. Thanks, Reb – nice to hear from you 🙂

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      1. writemeow says:

        September is drawing nigh … are you getting excited?

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        1. It’s been a long wait… 🙂

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