Blooming lilies with their pads covering the water at the The Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center, and Botanical Gardens, North Carolina
Water lilies at the The Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center, and Botanical Gardens, a public garden and nature sanctuary that showcases the diverse flora of the southern Appalachians in North Carolina
Dry Falls, also known as Upper Cullasaja Falls, is a 65-foot (20.1 m) waterfall located in the Nantahala National Forest, northwest of Highlands, North Carolina
A fern leaf makes a natural pyramid of nature, even with a fly exploring the creation
Flowers are not the only thing that attract flies; here is one resting on a leaf.
A bee hovers around flowers to taste the nectar
The glow of moss on a rock and tree trunk at Roan Mountain
The most scenic of still-water bodies on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Price Lake is a must-see if you are traveling the Parkway through North Carolina. It is situated with a view across the lake of Grandfather Mountain’s Galloway Peak.
A natural canopy of tree branches in Savannah, Georgia
A bench to enjoy the view at Intra-coastal Waterway at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Clouds not only in the high sky but also hanging low over the mountains in North Carolina. Greenery adds to the natural beauty!
Cloud formations in North Carolina are dramatic and beautiful and even more so over the ridges of mountains
The pollen can belong to the original plant or may come from another sunflower. Self-pollination is a mechanism that this flower uses to stay alive. … Seeds created by self-pollination will only produce flowers that look like the original plant, so no hybridization will have occurred.
Butterflies are less efficient than bees at moving pollen between plants. Highly perched on their long thin legs, they do not pick up much pollen on their bodies and lack specialized structures for collecting it. However, they create a marvelous color combination of nature on this sunflower!
A butterfly chooses a blooming sunflower ignoring the one yet to bloom
The showy outer ray petals help attract the pollinators. Bees go from flower to flower within the disc, becoming covered with pollen. They then pollinate other sunflowers as they go from plant to plant. The success of sunflower as a crop for seeds and oil depends totally on bees.
Named sunflowers, these beauties show their backs to the moon in the blue sky
Not only bees and butterflies, but also people visit sunflowers.
First planted by the City of Raleigh’s public utilities department in 2010 along the Neuse River Greenway Trail, a beautiful five-acre batch of sunflowers blooms each year between early- and mid-July. For 2019, they once again called Dorothea Dix Park home.
The sunflowers serve a purpose beyond just acting as a fun summer photo hot-spot—the City harvests the sunflowers to create thousands of gallons of bio diesel, which is then processed into fuel to run tractors, trailers and farm equipment. The flowers are also excellent pollinators—the field serves as a massive pollinator habitat for bees and other species.
Driftwood on the beach forms nature’s sculpture against sand dunes and a cloudy sky
A marshy landscape around the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina