Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Drones and Sunny Days

A visit to Pope Farm yesterday displayed a field of thriving sunflowers in varying degrees of growth. Peak bloom is anticipated on August 12, the first day of the nine-day Sunflower Days on Old Sauk Road.
The field was replanted this year and some of those flowers have been blooming despite being called failures (and asked what they were going to do with their lives do you have any idea what your father and I were doing at your age).

There was a drone there buzzing about looking for areas that needed to be sculpted and a friendly old dude more than willing to tell you all about it. I liked him and could see cracking open an ice cold sixer of Pabst with him under the only shady picnic bench there.

I thought it was kind of cool, especially since it wasn't hovering outside my apartment window. The drone, not the old guy...forget it.

A photographer named Cassius J. Callender took an intensely creative photo of the field four days ago. Not to be too technical, but he got four different space things in this dazzling shot.









Two bees for eyes and an open mouth






45 comments:

  1. Love these captures of the sunflowers, Jeanna! They are beautiful and sunny! And thank you for your kind comment yesterday on hubby's interests in wood and flowers.

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    1. I feel so inadequate taking these photos, haha. These sunflower fields are photographed by hundreds or maybe thousands of people. It has been very sunny and pleasant around here, almost too much so for me. But some of the photos people take would blow you away.

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  2. Very nicely captured set of images. Well done. Have a blessed week.

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    1. We'll all be lucky to make it through the week with that entitled blowhard in the Whitehouse.

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  3. WOW, those really are beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks, Brian, you should see what kind of shots people come up with, incredible.

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  4. Need to look for sunflower shots in this area. I can't believe it is that time of year already. Enjoyed your photos of these sunflowers very much.

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    1. The event for these bad boys is this Saturday. Yes, it signals the end of summer I suppose.

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  5. What a great surprise to find this gentleman! The photos are just great.

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    1. He was riding around in his green cart willing and ready to share knowledge. I think he was working with the drone dude.

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  6. Sunflowers are so pretty. It has been awhile since we have had any. Need to grow some again, soon.
    Yael from PlayingInCatnip.com

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    1. You'd go nuts if you saw these then. I may go back tomorrow.

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  7. The sunflowers are breathtaking. I especially like the one with the bees.. Brave of you to venture so close.

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    1. Those bees didn't care about me and they were everywhere.

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  8. Very nice photos!
    Regards
    Edith from Germany

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  9. Hello, I love the beautiful sunflowers. The field of flowers is just gorgeous. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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    1. Enjoy it while you can, don't climb too many steps unless they lead to a waterfall.

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  10. I liked the series of three sunflower pictures in various stages of opening.

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    1. Thanks, you may be the only one who noticed, lol.

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  11. One of my favorites ~ Sunflowers ~ exquisite photos of them ~ Drone is becoming popular ~ ^_^

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    1. Why thank you, Carol, you flatter me. I generally find them annoying and have come close to chucking something at them when they fly back and forth around the apartment complex. This one was helping flowers and you've got to love that.

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  12. Beautiful shots! I love that last one of all the sunflowers under a gorgeous blue sky!!

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    1. I considered those throw aways, but I liked a few of the wide shots. I bet you would blow us away if you took photos of this field.

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  13. Nice photos. I like the eyes and mouth. :)

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    1. That sunflower had a lot to say I think.

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    1. Thanks, chose to shoot them before ripening (joke from earlier post) and beat the insane crowds.

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  15. Excellent photos of the sunflowers and pretty cool that the drone was flying around. Thanks for linking up today!

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    1. Yes, it definitely added something to the mix. Funny the air was already buzzing because of so many bees and then the drone.

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  16. We had the same idea. Sunny skies and sunflowers. very cool.

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    1. OMG, I want to take that last one down at very least after looking at your shots. If anyone wants to see how it's done, follow Felicia's link. Amazing.

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  17. We're going to have to go see that. We live just south of your State and Mom just LOVES sunflowers. The drones made her smile. She was an airline pilot for a lot of years and recently got her drone operator certification, just so she could add it to her other certificates. I'm glad she'd not going to try and fly one for a living, I saw her try and fly Dad's tiny RC helicopter in the basement after wine on New Years Eve and it was NOT pretty. Thanks for the smiles. Abby t. Lab in Chicago (came over from Brian's blog hop)

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    1. I'm going to try to go today, the day before their festival begins because it gets nuts. It's a nice cloudy day so all the better to try some different lighting and hopefully cut down on visitors. An airline pilot, wow. I didn't realize you needed to get certified to operate a drone, tell that to the kid next door who keeps flying one in front of my window. Hilarious about the wine, well it was New Year's after all. RC helicopters are fun.

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  18. Thanks, LF and congrats on nine years of blogging. If you want to see it done right I suggest visiting Felicia at: https://fotosbyfelicia.blogspot.com/2017/08/sunny-skies.html

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    1. It sure is but one I won't see in peak unless I'm up with the birds.

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  20. Beautiful Pictures and captions :) Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend :) <3

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    1. I'm glad some kitty is giving me paw kisses because Dexter is demonstrating what being away all day will get me—way more scolding than I'd care to hear.

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  21. love your corn flowers.
    About the drone. In Sweden they have a hard time to decide whether it shoulf be forbidden or not. They are a harzard to people and aircrafts.

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