Waiting for Sunrise
I arrived at this field of sunflowers on Salisbury Plain before sunrise and noticed that they were all facing east, as if waiting to greet the rising sun. Apparently when they are growing, sunflowers follow the sun around the sky but when mature and less supple, they settle down and face east. That warms them up quicker in the morning, which makes them more attractive to bees (Atamian, Hagop et al. “Circadian Regulation of Sunflower Heliotropism, Floral Orientation, and Pollinator Visits.” Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 5 Aug. 2016, science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6299/587.full). Photographically, I love the scene and composed with the tree clump central in my image, allowing the hedge line to its right and the soft clouds on the left to give asymmetric balance. A pink-tinged line of cloud creates a subtle leading line from top left to the tree clump.