Sunflowers in Rutledge, Georgia

In late July, while attending a family reunion at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia, I accidentally discovered a large field of sunflowers. While driving the rural country roads between Madison and Rutledge, they were a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Adding to my excitement, the sunflowers were at the peak of their bloom.

I was not only lucky to find the sunflowers, but it was perfect timing because the sunflowers were all facing the road in the late afternoon sun. Some young sunflowers species follow the sun, which is called heliotropism, but as they mature and develop seeds, the flowers droop from the weight of the seeds and no longer follow the sun.

Below are some of the images of the sunflower field. As you can see, all of the flowers were in full bloom except for one late bloomer. The above video was taken with my iPhone 7 Plus at 4K.

Sunflower 3Sunflower 2Sunflower 4Sunflower Bud

About Stephen L Tabone

Retired Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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7 Responses to Sunflowers in Rutledge, Georgia

  1. Venezia Maryann says:

    OMG….how absolutely beautiful…..what a wonderful a discovery.Maryann

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  2. Love, love, love! Reminds me of the fields of sunflowers in Tuscany! Great photos and video!

  3. Roger Jaimeyfield says:

    That’s a great photo. You have talent B.I.L. I’d make a poster of those and sell them on line or elsewhere. Hope your well. Slantie J

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Ernie Sears says:

    Another great set of images. A few days after I saw the first of these photos, I saw an Instagram post by National Geo of a similar field. Your shots are better, IMHO! As usual, thanks for sharing..

  5. kensnover says:

    I saw a similar but not quite as attractive field of Sunflowers between Hayesville and Murphy NC last week. I am left wondering if someone is harvesting the flowers for seed or simply enjoying the flowering flowers while the birds and bees enjoy the seeds, etc. Great photo –

  6. Robert Tomlinson says:

    So did you have a moral dilemma about snapping off that late bloomer so it did not mess up your picture? haha. Just kidding – great pictures as usual.

  7. Pam says:

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for brightening my day!

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