by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
...A happy start to the day!
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas.
It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head).
The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms,
whose shape and image are often used to depict the sun.
It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves
and circular heads of flowers.
The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds,
often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.
From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe
in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil,
they became a widespread cooking ingredient.
Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle...
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of their...
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