Evening and Morning Mercies

Under the bird feeders in the backyard (we have some on the side, too)…we noticed a bunch of sprouts sticking up from the ground early June.  Quickly to realize these were volunteer sunflowers from the bird feeders that have been scattered by our foraging feather friends, he mowed around them and what a Gift!!!  I know folks who deliberately plant them that have trouble…and look what God did on his own!

So let me share with you my 100-plus sunflowers with you…and may it brighten your day!

 Books and Bees

Of course, they are swarming with pollen pleasure junkies..especially bumblebees…but they almost seem grateful and are so not bothersome.

 The Mystery of God

But the glow that comes from the backlight off the petals is amazing!

 Sunflowers Inside

And they are so bright that I had to mute the colors in a lot of these photos!

 Out the Window
When looking for quotes, there was a poem that stated about a sunflower, And she bares her round bosom before the sun.

 Look at the Sunflower

This one is a pretty new bloom…you can tell by the inner circle of the center being so tight and there are a few beads of moisture on them.

 Crazed with the Love of Light

And then I looked at the glory of just the petals…fascinating! Crazed with the love of light!


I found my camera would not stop clicking…and time became meaningless as I was so enchanted by these golden glories.

 Finding the Light

But with so many outside, I had to cut a few and bring their splendor to the living room.  The bees did not seem to mind and the flowers seem to feel privileged to have this place of honor.

This, by far was my favorite quote:

Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it.  Such a lesson in life…

– Helen Mirren, from The Calendar Girls

So look for the Light today…He’s there…you’ll see!

With gratitude,


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9 Responses to Evening and Morning Mercies

  1. LindaF.(Beyond Layers #1) says:

    Your photos are spectacular! and matched with such fine words. Thanks for sharing your sunflower gifts!

  2. Sherry Galey says:

    What a tribute to sunflowers! I love to shoot them too, from all different angles. You’ve made lovely images and matched them with great quotes. All so true.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Wow, what a beautiful spread, Denise. I dearly love sunflowers, and obviously the bees do as well.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Forgot to tell you how much I love your quotes.

  5. Angela says:

    Love your sunflowers. Miss having them in my new yard. Will have to find creative places for them in a yard that has lots of shade. Thank you for sharing this wonderful sunshine.

  6. lensdancer says:

    Love your sunflowers … what a delightful gift. You are certainly making the most of their presence. Stunning photography, paired with perfect quotes … oh I LOVE sunflowers. I had a garden full several years ago (at a different house) …. and I wanted to plant them each summer for the past four years but didn’t. That was because each year in about February the landlord said he was putting up the place for sale. Naturally, I didn’t want to go to all the work only not to enjoy them, … that goes for the vegetable garden also. Sevice to say … we’re still here and no sunflowers. The silly thing is, a couple weeks ago, I bought some to photograph and life happened … never got around to it … =0( … Ugh, I must make a point of completing my thoughts on such things. It makes me mad when I do that.

  7. lensdancer says:

    oops … it posted while editing … take no notice of my spelling errors =0)
    Lovely lovely post my friend. Now, I must go find my sunflowers in my archives …
    Joy xo

  8. lensdancer says:

    …. back again =0P … I LOVED Calendar Girls, and Helen Mirren is one of my favourite actors. Makes me want to drag it out of the cupboard and watch it again. I got the same feeling from that that I have from ‘The Holiday’ with Kate Winslet, and a couple others I can’t think of right now. So well done. … okay I’m outta here. >>>>>>>>]\ … >>>>>>

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