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Acres of sunflowers

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Huge Sunflower Colony 9091

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Yesterday, as I drove north on FM 685 in Pflugerville, I began to see a yellow glow in the distance. Within about half a mile I came upon and was dazzled by the largest colony of wild sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, I think I’ve ever seen. You’re looking at a piece of the colony here, but the sunflowers covered acres, and they so dominated the field that little else could get a foothold.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM

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  1. That must have been quite a site to see !!


    May 31, 2013 at 6:54 AM

  2. Wow what a feast for the eyes!


    May 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

  3. Amazing sight!! I would have stopped and taken pics too!!!


    May 31, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    • I was going to say “Who wouldn’t?”, but the fact remains that I was the only person taking pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2013 at 7:59 AM

  4. They’re beautiful, nodding and smiling to the sun. It makes me smile, just to look at them.


    May 31, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    • And of course it makes me smile to have been there and photographed the colony, and to be able to show it to all of you, even if only vicariously.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

  5. This photograph is certainly reminiscent of the fields of sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh


    May 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM

  6. I love wild sunflowers, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many in one location before. Amazing shot!

    Alex Autin

    May 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

  7. Fantastic. I wish I could have seen this.


    May 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

  8. Oh wow! The only other time I saw sunflowers as far as I could look was driving through Kansas.



    May 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    • And I assume the ones in Kansas were the cultivated ones with large heads that farmers plant as a crop. The ones shown here are the wild originals from which the commercial strains have been developed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      • You’re correct. The ones in Kansas were commercial fields for food crops.


        May 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

  9. Spectacular, Steve! I love your “fields of flowers” shots; Van Gogh would be jealous 🙂


    May 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. One thing we have in central Texas is fields of wildflowers, though even by our standards this huge sunflower colony was exceptional.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 31, 2013 at 2:11 PM

  10. Wow! Spectacular!


    May 31, 2013 at 7:09 PM

  11. Quand je vois ça, cela me fait envie. Les nôtres ne sont pas encore sortis de terre tellement il pleut et les champs sont inondés.
    bon week end Steve


    June 1, 2013 at 4:20 AM

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  13. […] that managed to stop the motion and get the important parts of the flowers in focus. The glow from the dense sunflowers farther away provided a pleasing […]

  14. […] is the fence I mentioned last time, the one separating the shopping center from the huge field of sunflowers to its south, and through two bars of which I managed to photograph a horsemint. Now you get to see […]

  15. Spectacular, thanks for sharing.

  16. Happy!


    June 8, 2013 at 7:49 AM

  17. Many decades ago I think half of Pflugerville was related to me. As the great aunts and great uncles died, though, their children took off for bigger cities and, hopefully, bigger fortunes.

    Russel Ray Photos

    June 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    • I didn’t know you had that connection. When I came to Austin in 1976, the population of Pflugerville was tiny, maybe under a thousand. Now I think it’s around 50,000. It’d be hard for you to have half that many relatives there these days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      • I have a few billion relatives (Catholics!) scattered around there in Pflugerville, Floresville, Stockdale, Karnes City, Pleasanton, and then down near the valley in Kingsville and Riviera. The Mormon side of my family (many more billions) is over in the New Orleans area and up in northern Utah and southern Idaho.

        And those are just the ones I know about!……..lol

        Russel Ray Photos

        June 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

  18. […] 24th I could still enjoy the glorious wild sunflower you see here. (Although I posted a picture of a wonderful sunflower colony in May, this is the first close-up of a sunflower I’ve shown in 2013. What took me so […]

  19. There is definitely a power in numbers to impress! 🌻


    August 11, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    • How well I remember this colony. The field has so far held on but the sunflowers since then have been paltry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 11, 2021 at 8:06 PM

      • You might have seen the field at its absolute best, so anything less would pale in comparison.


        August 11, 2021 at 9:46 PM

        • Yes, that’s it. What I saw in 2013 is likely to remain the absolute best because the field is along a busy road in a suburb where rapid development has continued, so the field probably won’t avoid getting developed for much longer.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 11, 2021 at 10:53 PM

          • That’s very sad.


            August 11, 2021 at 11:05 PM

            • So far in 2021 I’ve lost at least five properties where I’d previously taken nature pictures, often many times.

              Steve Schwartzman

              August 11, 2021 at 11:11 PM

              • I don’t know what it would take for communities to declare a limit on development. I fear most towns and cities only care about growth and the bottom line without considering the cost to nature.


                August 11, 2021 at 11:18 PM

                • When I moved to Austin in 1976, Pflugerville probably had less than a thousand people. The estimated population there now is 68,000, up from 47,000 in 2010. The town has set aside some land for parks and trails but I wish it had been more.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  August 11, 2021 at 11:24 PM

                • The Pflugerville story is being repeated in countless places… 😦


                  August 12, 2021 at 3:13 PM

                • Pflugerville ist Jedermannville.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  August 12, 2021 at 8:12 PM

                • Ja, leider!


                  August 12, 2021 at 9:07 PM

                • Speaking of which, probably only a minority of Pflugerville’s residents know that the town is named after an early settler, Henry (presumably Heinrich) Pfluger, who came to Texas in 1849 in the wake of the 1848 unrest in Germany. I suspect that very few people in Pflugerville know that Pfluger is the German word for a plowman.


                  Steve Schwartzman

                  August 13, 2021 at 6:43 AM

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