When I stretched this photo to take a closer look, I wondered why there were no black seeds in the sunflower head. I wasn’t raised on the farm, so I have limited knowledge of such things.

After quick bit of research, I learned that sunflowers grow in stages and that this plant wasn’t ready to share the black seeds loved by birds and people alike. The seeds are forming but are still green and not immediately visible. The petals in this flower are still too bright yellow and not yet wilted. These would be telltale signs from a distance, that the seeds need more time.

I wonder if the birds know those signs. I’ll bet they do, because all things in nature seem to work together without requiring Google.

Once again, a walk and a photograph opened the door to a learning opportunity.

“The sunflower is mine, in a way.”

Vincent Van Gogh