I don’t know how long sunflowers have been planted each spring for mourning doves at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, but I’ve been taking photos of them for at least 20-years now. The specific fields that are planted with sunflowers change from year to year, but there are at least two fields and as many as four. This year there are four fields and the best of them is quite a hike compared to prior years. Last year – during the pandemic lockdown – the sunflower fields were an absolute zoo during the blooming period, with literally many hundreds or even thousands of daily visitors more than normal.
Photo info: Sunflower blooms McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area Poolesville, Maryland July 2021 Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens Sony a7 III digital camera
We have these beauties blooming in our front yard flower bed right now. I love the symmetry of the coneflower seeds, and the fact that the bees focus so much attention on them. We used to have a small bed of them closer to the street, but they died out after being trimmed with the mower one too many times. I planted these from the wildflower mix in the early spring of 2020, but they didn’t come up last year at all – so it was quite the pleasant surprise to see them this year.
Photo info: Coneflowers (Echinacea) Poolesville, Maryland July 2021 Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens Sony a7 III digital camera
This gorgeous bloom is currently in our side yard, putting all of the other flowers to shame and wafting the most amazing scent all around. It’s some form of Tiger Lily (Lilium), but I can’t track down the exact type because there are just so many of them. It came in a flower display of some sort that we enjoyed, then Cindy planted it outside, where it is definitely thriving.
Photo info: Tiger Lily (Lilium) Poolesville, Maryland July 2021 Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens Sony a7 III digital camera