While working in the garden yesterday, I found a sunflower bloom on the ground. I do not know why it fell off the stem. I brought the sunflower inside to scan close up images of its parts. The image to the left is scanned at 100%. If you would like to see the rest of the images, please keep reading.
This particular sunflower blossom is a small one, only 3.5 inches across, counting its petals. It came from a branched sunflower plant. The flower is in what sunflower experts would call stage 5.6. Stage 5 indicates the ray flowers are open. The decimal indicates what percentage of the center disk flowers is open. In this case, 5.6 means 60% are open. A sunflower center consists of many tiny flowers (disk flowers) and row by row, from outside to center, they open. The big yellow petals are the ray flowers; they serve as the landing strip indicators for bees to land. All sorts of bees visit the little flowers.
After scanning several more images, up to 2000%, I did the next most logical step; I cut the flower in half. Now I will show you three more pictures from the batch of images. The images of the halves seem creepy to me.
|In these images, you can see the developing seeds.|
In case anyone is curious, the scanner I have is an Epson Perfection 1200U. I bought it 7 or more years ago. I use the scanner’s twain program in the advanced mode to set the percentages.
I hope you have a lovely day.