Along The Road

As most of my commute to work is along the highway through the prairie, one might think the landscape doesn't change much. There's grass. There's corn. It's flat. Really flat.

But over the years, I've come to appreciate the subtle beauty of the sea of grasses and corn. In the spring, green emerges from the brown earth. Soon, various wildflowers shoot up, begging us to notice them as they sway in the wind. In the fall, the grasses turn from green to gold.

Several weeks back, I noticed a familiar flower nodding in the wind - sunflowers. In that ubiquitous grassy area between the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate. A small cluster of them here and there, then an explosion of yellow flowers for all traveling to enjoy.

Brighten the Interstate

Last week I noticed the mowing crews were out - cutting down the overgrown grasses along the sides of the interstate and in the median. Each day, they made their way closer to where the sunflowers grow. Then the small, single clusters of sunflowers were gone, and the larger field, too. I realize these workers have a job to do, that their job isn't to make the interstate pretty, but I was saddened to see the flowers cut down.

Yet somehow, a couple plants were spared from the mower's blade.

Saved from the Mower

If you look carefully, the area behind the flowers are freshly mowed. I snapped this shot because I thought it would be the last time I would see them. The grasses in front of the flowers are now gone. I guess someone thought it would be nice to leave some flowers along the interstate. For that, I am grateful.

The above image was processed using two textures from Kim Klassen. The original photo is here:
Saved from the Mower

The screen shot of my layers in PSE
Road Flowers Layers.jpg

Linked to Texture Tuesdays.

traci  – (September 27, 2011 at 7:41 AM)  

beautiful images. wildflowers are so pretty. i wish they would grow in my yard.

The Artful Diva  – (September 27, 2011 at 9:44 AM)  

I know what you mean about the subtle changes of color in the landscape. I felt the same way about the desert when I live in AZ a gazillion years ago.

Sherry  – (September 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM)  

Beautiful pictures. I love how you see beauty in everyday things. We should all strive to take note of the simplicity around us.

ShonEjai  – (September 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM)  

I have also fallen in love with photographing this flower as well. It is amazing that something so beautiful can be considered a "weed". I prefer wildflower. Great photos! I am starting a new challenge called I Heart Textures. I invite you to stop by and submit an entry.

Francisca  – (September 30, 2011 at 1:15 AM)  

Ni hao, Xiao Sho! Wo keyi pinyin bi zhongguo wenzi yuan genhao. Ni nali laide? Nide jiaxiang zai nar? Wo hen xihuan nide zhaopian! :-)

Lisa  – (October 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM)  

Beautiful. I know a little of how to do this. I think this winter I need to play more. I know where to come now. Thanks for posting how you did this. I know to go too Kims also.
Have a wonderful week.
and I have lived on the Prairies for years and I wouldnt be comfortable any place else. I just have places to go into the bush or a lake.

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