Sunflowers – 7/14/2022

The Missouri Department of Conservation plants a field of sunflowers every year at the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area (801 Strodtman Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138).

You can see in the map above where the 2 fields from this year are. They rotate the location each year, but do a great job of putting up signs to direct you to the fields. We have been out to see the sunfowers multiple times, but its still beautiful every time we come out here.

The size and variety of bees interacting with the flowers is always amazing. They are so focused on the giant flowers that you would have to do something extra crazy to be noticed!

Danelle also managed to photograph this wonderful butterfly.

One of these days we’ll have to come out early in the morning then the light is just right for better photos. So we’ll have to just bend over and get a shot of us.

After looking at the flowers, we parked and walked a bit to see the confluence point. A few years ago it flooded and they decided to just close the road instead of keeping it up. It was probably a 2 mile walk, but I thought it was worth it.

Overall it was a great time to spend with Danelle and be outside!

Hogan Haake