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Sitting Pretty on a Sunflower by Rachel Stickney

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There’s a beautiful sunflower field that blooms every September just down the road from my house in southwest Ohio. I’ve always wanted to get some great shots of it, but usually I forget until it’s too late. This year I was determined that I wasn’t going to miss it. So one morning I loaded up my gear and headed down there. A lot of other people were taking photographs too, many with small children amongst the flowers. I spent about an hour or so shooting all different angles of the flowers. Bees and butterflies were quite busy. I followed this particular butterfly all around the field. No matter how long I waited, it refused to fully open its wings so I gave in and captured a profile. :)

Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)
1/320 sec.
ISO 200
AV priority
Canon EF 18-55mm @55mm
Circular Polarizer

© Rachel Stickney, All Rights Reserved

Part of my Sunflower series

  1. Placed in the Top Ten (6th) in the Bug on a Flower challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards – March 2011
  2. Placed in the Top Ten (10th) in the Butterflies challenge in the CatRaven Challenge – March 2011
  3. Placed in the Top Ten (3rd) in Nora’s Birthday Challenge in Safe Haven – February 2011
  4. Placed in the Top Ten in the Favorite Image of 2010 challenge in A Love of Canon – January 2011

Featured in:

  1. Nature’s Paintbrush – March 2011
  2. Featured Women Photographers – March 2011
  3. A Place to Call Home – February 2011
  4. Redbubble EXPLORE Featured Photography front page – 2/11/11
  5. A Little Bit of Everything – January 2011
  6. All That is Nature – January 2011
  7. “Real” Life Photography – January 2011
  8. Bugs on Flowers in Macro – January 2011
  9. The Beauty of Nature – January 2011
  10. Image Writing – January 2011
  11. Canon DSLR – January 2011
  12. This and That – January 2011
  13. Ohio Photographers Group – December 2010

“Double Vision”


“Sunflower Field”



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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    Bravo! This is so pretty and great photography.

  • Thanks, Lori! That darn butterfly just wouldn’t cooperate! LOL.

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    I know the feeling. LOL

  • Cass23
    Cass23almost 4 years ago

    WOW, this picture makes me long for summer again.

  • Thank you, Cassandra! Me too! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Kathy Reid
    Kathy Reidalmost 4 years ago

    Very pretty Rachel :))

  • Thanks, Kathy! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Rachel!!! ☺♥

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comment and the fave, Evita! ♥

    – Rachel Stickney

  • LukeEverett
    LukeEverettalmost 4 years ago

    Wow…. Amazing!!! Makes me smile :-) A favorite for sure!

  • Thank you very much for your lovely comments and the fave, Luke! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thanks so much, Kathy! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • KLPJPhoto
    KLPJPhotoalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful detail and color. We had a field of sunflowers nearby. I must have taken about 100 photos.

  • Thanks, Ken! There’s a sunflower field that blooms every September just down the road from my house, next to a small garden center. I drive by it all the time and have always wanted to get some good shots. A couple of years ago, I took some but it was really too late in the day and they were just so blah that I trashed all of them. This year, I made sure I went in the morning (it was between 9 and 10am) and took my polarizing filter. I took about 200 shots in about an hour or so. I was very happy with the way they turned out this time and really liked about 10-12 shots. This is the seventh one I’ve posted on redbubble. I have a few more to add soon. If you are interested in seeing the ones currently in my portfolio, I just added a link in the description above and two clickable images over on the right.

    – Rachel Stickney

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago

    B E A U T I F U L

  • Thank you so much, Lori! :)

    – Rachel Stickney

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Meeli!

    – Rachel Stickney

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