Sunflowers in Marblehead

I shared a single image of a sunflower last week and decided to share more to finish up this week.  As I mentioned then, these sunflowers were a gift from someone in town whose crop I had admired last Summer.  This crop now resides outside my office window and I took the opportunity last week to photograph some of them in great light and in various stages.  Enjoy a gallery of images below.

By |2016-11-06T12:05:53-05:00August 23rd, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Half-Opened Sunflower

Anyone who has followed this site for a while might have heard me state that I am not a flower photographer.  The exceptions to that rule are cherry blossoms which will always signal the start of Spring to me and the sunflower which is tied to the warmth of Summer. Last year, I found a particular patch of sunflowers with great petals and details.  I inquired about obtaining some seeds from their owner and received a gift of seedlings and seeds earlier in the Summer.  My daughter and I went to work one afternoon carefully planting the seedlings and scattering [...]

By |2014-04-20T17:20:49-04:00August 16th, 2013|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bees Hard at Work

This image would likely scare a number of people (including a fair number of my patients).  As you can gather from this Sunflower Week, I'm a big fan of these flowers and the feeling they give that Summer has not yet ended.  For good or bad, my time spent shooting the flowers included waiting for bees to gather pollen and move away from the subject of my photo.  On a few occasions (such as the one above and the other below) I couldn't help but include the bee in the image. In the image above, you can clearly see the [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:11-05:00August 30th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On the Fence

So if you haven't guess yet, this is officially Sunflower Week on Wednesdays in Marblehead.  The last two days featured macro images cropped to square format and with varying color and black and white treatment.  Today's image features a single sunflower along the fence and comes from my new favorite patch in town. As I mentioned previously, I'm not much of a flower photographer with the exception of cherry blossoms in the Spring and sunflowers at the end of Summer.  There's something about the sunflower which arrives at the end of August as the days begin to shorten that offers [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:11-05:00August 29th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sunflowers in Black and White

Yesterday's post was filled with the vibrant yellows, blues and greens that characterize the sunflower.  Today, I took the same images and converted them to black and white.  This removes the distraction of color and puts texture front and center.  Turns out that sunflowers offer a feast of textures for the eye to behold.  From the fine lines of the petals to the intricate design of their face, there is an incredible amount of detail to take in with these simple shots. So, which do you prefer...color or black and white?  Answer in the comment field below or on the [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:11-05:00August 28th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Summer’s Last Breath…Sunflowers

I am not a 'flower-guy'.  I could care less about the flowers in our backyard or taking pictures of flowers...with two exceptions - cherry blossoms and sunflowers.  Having lived in Washington, DC, cherry blossoms will be forever linked with the start of Spring and the end of Winter.  Sunflowers, arriving at the end of August, make me feel that Summer still has a few days left...a few more nice warm bright days. I found a great sunflower patch last year and, with the wife and kids away Saturday, I set out to check its status.  I was overjoyed to see [...]

By |2016-11-06T12:06:11-05:00August 27th, 2012|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Sunflowers of West Shore Drive

There are two flowers that I have sought to capture in town since I began this site.  The first was the Cherry Blossom which I found on Washington Street.  The second was the sunflower.  I had racked my brain as to where I might find these symbols of Summer within the Town of Marblehead but was coming up empty.  On Wednesday, I picked up my daughter from camp and drove up West Shore Drive toward Crowninshield/Brown's Island as it was low tide.  As we passed Cemetery Road, I noticed an incredible patch of sunflowers on the left.  The light wasn't [...]

By |2014-04-20T17:20:51-04:00August 26th, 2011|Categories: Flowers|Tags: , , |6 Comments