Ardstraw, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
This stunning sunflower field was planted for the sole purpose to raise money for “Cancer Research UK”. The methodology is that everyone is welcome to visit, donate what they wish into a sealed collection box, then are free to walk anywhere & enjoy these flowers in any form. For your contribution you are advised to cut a few flowers to take home as a thank you token. Don’t panic as these flowers are soon going to wither away soon so cutting a few to bring home doesn’t impact the ecology of the field. There are literally millions of these flowers so there are plenty to be shared with folk to help brighten their day a little ?
As everyone can clearly see, this is a wonderful idea for a very great cause. Although whilst standing in the middle of all these sunflowers waiting for patches of light to shine through the moving clouds, I soon recognised an equally important underlining cause to all these sunflowers. All around me on almost on every flower head were Bumblebees & other flying insects feeding off the sunflower pollen. I have heard recently that our Bees are in decline due to lack of flowers etc so this was amazing to experience ? It was also my first ever attempt at photographing a flower & its something ill certainly be doing again in future.
These stunning Sunflowers are helping both us humans & bees equally. There should be more projects like this in the future, even if there was funding for farmers to partially plant a small corner portion of their fields with sunflowers. It would have an immediate positive effect on us all.