A common misconception is that flowering sunflower heads
track the Sun across the sky.
Although immature flower buds exhibit this behaviour,
the mature flowering heads point in a fixed
(and typically easterly) direction throughout the day.
This old misconception was disputed in 1597
by the English botanist John Gerard,
who grew sunflowers in his famous herbal garden:
"[some] have reported it to turn with the Sun,
the which I could never observe,
although I have endeavored to find out the truth of it.
The uniform alignment of sunflower heads in a field
might give some people the false impression
that the flowers are tracking the sun.
The uniform alignment results from heliotropism
in an earlier development...
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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