The bright head of the sunflower is actually composed of thousands of tiny individual flowers and the yellow “petals” are actually leaves that serve to protect the flowers while they are forming their seeds.
Specialized cells in the sunflower stem tilt the flower bud to try to receive a maximum amount of sunlight. This causes the sunflower to basically trace a 180 degree arc, tracking the sun’s position throughout the day, from horizon to horizon, sunrise to sunset (a movement called heliotropism). Overnight, the sunflower will reset to its original eastward positioning and wait for the morning, ready to follow the sun’s path once again.
At Beekman 1802, we are always looking at those things happening around to help us make sense of something as complex as human nature.
So perhaps the lesson from the sunflower is not just finding your best light so that you always look great in photos, but that each morning gives you the opportunity to start your path over.
On a recent trip to Beekman 1802, our friend, photographer Paulette Tavormina captured one of favorite spots on the farm during autumn—the sunflower garden.