While driving along the Ruta de los Almoravides in the Province of Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain, it is hard not to stop and take a picture of this solitaire wild sunflower. Flourishing along the roadside, this sunflower grows in the warm sun, but it looks rather strange as it is the only wild sunflower in the area.
Its wide spread yellow flower head can grow up to thirty centimeters in diameter, but the plant itself could grow as high as three meters tall. The outer petals are usually yellow in color with a center area which is called the disc florets. These florets are not the seeds, but the fruit of the wild sunflower and the seeds are found enclosed in a husk.
People that cultivate sunflowers have many uses for them but farmers that have other crops growing, find the wild sunflower to be a problem. They can sprout up around corn and soybean fields which can lead to a problem causing a negative impact in the fields. But this single wild sunflower along Ruta de los Almoravides in the Province of Cadiz is just a pretty sight, not bothering anybody or anything as it blossoms in the Andalusia sun.
This wild sunflower seems to thrive along the Ruta de los Almoravides in Andalusia, Spain where it is never shaded and always has the direct rays of the sun. Year after year, this wild sunflower seems to appear and grow to its fullest. In fact, this sunflower has probably had its picture taken more often than any other flower in Andalusia due to its unique location and solitude. It seems fascinating to many tourists to see a single wild sunflower growing along the road.
Single wild sunflower, Helianthus annuus, growing on the side of the road along Ruta de los Almoravides, Province of Cadiz, Andalusia (Andalucia), Spain, Europe.Please make sure to visit my photo gallery for flower pictures with many more pictures.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/8.0, exposure time of 1/160 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 200mm.
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