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    There is the beautiful sunflower

    This year, watching the Tour de France on TV, I heard one of the announcers say, “There’s the beautiful sunflower field” and it made me happy that, given all the manful muscling in the pelotonic tumult, he thought to mention that quiet golden place. Since then the words”There is the beautiful sunflower” have lodged themselves in my imagination in the inexplicable way certain words and phrases do from time to time, becoming something like a prayer or an offering or a streamer of solace unfurled the way a strand of birch bark can be freed from the tree.


    Flowers are purty and when they’re in my field of vision, I am happy.

    tdf6_via_boston.com_(AP Photo-Bas Czerwinski)
    The pack passes through fields of sunflowers during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Toulouse and Bagneres-de-Bigorre, southern France, Sunday July 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
    Via The Big Picture
    Zefiro Torna by Comin Soon on Behance
    Artwork for music ensemble Zerfiro Torna by Coming Soon
    The letter V, part of the Daily Drop Cap project by Jessica Hische
    The letter U, part of the Daily Drop Cap project by Jessica Hische
    Sculpture in the Free Radicals series by Libby Hague
    The Dillian Pump Phillip Lim’s collaboration with Christian Louboutin for Spring 2009 via redgedeparlemonde on flickr
    The Dillian pump, Phillip Lim's collaboration with Christian Louboutin, Spring 2009, via redgedeparlemonde's photostream on flickr
    wildflowers via stationery.blog
    Wildflowers growing through the pavement
    Stationery Scoop
    Nissan Micra by Marimekko
    Nissan Micra by Marimekko
    Sunflowers in the Sky!
    Sunflowers in the Sky!
    Via dee_r's photostream on flickr
    Mary Quant Maxi-vitamin pills
    Mary Quant maxi vitamin pills link
    Flower power on Dayton Street by the Jafagirls
    Flower chucker by banksy
    Flower chucker by Banksy
    Take-out Flowers, How to carry flowers in daily life  Collaboration with Jiseon,Park & Eunho,Kim
    Take-out flowers; How to carry flowers in daily life, 2009
    Collaboration with Park, Jiseon and Kim, Eunho Sdesignunit
    Hana Table by Shige Hasegawa
    Hana table by Shige Hasegawa
    Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910. via boston
    Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), ca. 1910
    Photographed by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
    Via The Big Picture
    wilted snowdropgs by reyaveltman
    Wilted snowdrops by Reya Veltman
    Tuin by Eva Mouton, via loewak
    Tuin by Eva Mouton
    Via Loewak
    Image provenance unknown
    Picture 3
    Photograph by Martin Klimas
    Picture 2
    Photograph by Martin Klimas
    Frida Kahlo with flowers in her hair
    Picture 1
    Photograph by Martin Klimas
    norwegian notebook
    The notebook I bought in Norway, 2008
    LURE (albiflora), 2010, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, via curatedobject.us
    LURE (albiflora), 2010, by Leigh Taylor Mickelson
    Via The Curated Object
    Les Fleurs du Mal
    Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
    Embroidery by James Hunting
    Giardino calante 5
    From the Fairground Series by Mike Sinclair
    From the Fairground series by Mike Sinclair
    embroidery by Janick Gravel via craftsynergy
    Embroidery by Janick Gravel
    Via Crafty Synergy
    Efflorescence, 2005, by Andrea Vander Kooij
    Camouflage 1, 1998 detail by Lois Andison via olgakorper
    Camouflage 1, 1989, by Lois Andison
    Via Olga Korper
    Cafe Habana via The Sartorialist
    On the street, Fulton Street, Broooklyn, 2009
    Image via The Sartorialist
    Bunny blossoms cake topper
    Via Floral Cake Toppers
    Reclaimed newspaper distribution box by posterchild, via On the ground looking up
    Porcelain figure by Shary Boyle, 2006
    Porcelain figure by Shary Boyle
    blumen bachia pod by kathleen dustin
    Blumen bacha pod purse by Kathleen Dustin
    Nobody likes carnations by Natalie Dee

    it makes me laugh because my mother loves carnations, bahaa.

    things on my commute that i look forward to: my coffee at wawa, the dude’s yard full of snowdrops in early spring, the other dude’s yard full of crocuses in the lawn, the other other dude’s front walk lined with daffodils, the five maples along that one road in autumn, the traffic island full of (one year it was zinnias, now it’s) sunflowers, the lady on the corner’s 3+ season perennial flower garden, and the goldenrod meadow behind my building which isn’t technically part of my commute but i can see it through the trees when i park the car so it counts.

    flowers make everything better. (so does coffee at wawa.)

    rache added these words on Aug 24 10 at 10:55 am

    poor, poor carnations. so stiff, like an upside down crinoline. Besmirched by years or mediocre small-town-florist flower arrangements and FTD specials. But in the sunshine they have a wonderful spicy scent, mot sweet and blossomy at all, and they are great to brush against you lips.

    Best november flower – the curved scarlet spires of pineapple sage – another nice-smeller.

    p.s. love the Libby Hague

    donna added these words on Oct 29 10 at 6:16 am

    i just saw a house with tens of sunflowers on its lawn, but not a single one was facing the street. i thought: how ridiculous! but then i thought: they’re facing the house, whose residents must indulge in looking at these beautiful sunflowers every morning looking back at them!

    ghadah added these words on Nov 22 10 at 12:17 pm

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