Wednesday, July 24, 2013



If you are out and about, there’s a large field of sunflowers, or as the French say "la tournesol," although the meadow loving flowers are decidedly American, growing at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area one mile east of Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. If it's out of your way, it's worth the trip.

The bright yellow flowers are at their peak. They’re tall, some would say stately, meeting you eye-to-eye with their unabashed brilliance. Thousands of sunny faces. TWRA planted the field to provide food for wildlife, especially doves. The sustenance the sunflowers provide we humans is more ethereal, nourishment for the soul, not the belly.

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