Welcoming Summer

The first sunflower welcomes this first day of summer with its yellow face opening to the Solstice sun. Metallic green sweat bees forage at the center, harvesting golden dust into baskets of pollen. I never tire of these magnificent blooms or the abundant gifts that they bring to my yard. The swirling buzz of diligent bees, the cooling shade of enormous leaves, the towering stalks that bend towards the sun, the seeds that will scatter when the season is done. I can't think of a better way to say Hello Summer than witnessing the awakening of this first summer sunflower.