Saturday, 7 March 2009
Sunflowers and Small Planes
The sunflowers we are growing at the childcare centre where I work are beginning to unfurl. They are well-named, being right into circadian rhythms and following the sun. This one is the first flower to emerge (the petals look so new, they almost appear damp) and was just beginning to turn slightly to the right - or north-west - when I snapped it. I have been a fan of sunflowers ever since seeing the film 'Dr Zhivago' when I was fifteen or sixteen.
Today, suddenly, there was the unmistakable roar of planes overhead followed by a scintillating display of formation flying. I managed to capture their exit after a dazzling display of dipping and curling, with chassis glinting in the sun and trails of vapor raking the background of blue sky. Once the sound of them had disappeared, all that was left was the more grounded drone of lawnmowers.