Are you ready for the big event today, the first total solar eclipse to span the U.S. since 1918?
The path of totality is 70 miles southwest of us, so we’ll experience a 97% partial eclipse in our backyard in North Carolina.
Since most everyone in the U.S. will be following the sun and the path of the eclipse, either in person, by living streaming, or on television, I thought I’d share some sun tracking by the sunflowers!
As sunflowers grow, they track the sun’s movement in the sky from east to west. This is caused by the growth pattern of the sunflower, with one side of the stem elongating during the day, followed by the other side elongating during the night.
The growth is driven by genes that respond to light and the plant’s circadian rhythm. As the sunflower matures and growth slows as the flower opens up, they stop their daylight tracking movement and face east. You can find a more scientific explanation, here.
Here’s an interesting tidbit: *Bee*cause east-facing flowers warm up quicker, they attract five times as many pollinators as west-facing flowers! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
I’m sharing a little sunflower love today from the archives, click on the links for the complete post and details if you’d like to track the sunflowers. 🌻
Roosters, sunflowers, and vibrant fall linens make a bright transition from summer to fall at the table.