|Most of these sunflowers have their own 6 legged friend...perhaps my etymologist friend, Frannie, can tell me what sort of bugs these are and whether they fall into the category of beneficial or nuisance.|
Despite the drought, the countryside is beautiful right now. This is entirely due to the fact that sunflowers are able to thrive in dry conditions. They are growing in masses of hopeful yellow along railroad tracks, in road ditches, and clustered along windbreaks. It's hard not to feel encouraged, somehow, just looking at them.
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