Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
We met Mary Wozniak years ago when she interviewed
Clyde for an article in the News Press newspaper of
Fort Myers. We have been friends ever since. Our
paths often cross when Mary covers environmental
issues for the News Press.
When Mary wrote the article about the wild
profusion of sunflowers covering sixty acres
(37.5 city blocks) of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
that can be seen once every 3-4 years,
all of her friends were envious that she had
seen such beauty. Wanting to share the experience,
she asked Ed Carlson, Director of Corkscrew Swamp
Sanctuary, if he would take her out a second time.
He agreed…any excuse to enjoy the wonderful
view of those flowers again!Mary called us and told us
about this magnificent visual event and invited us
to join her. Naturally, we said, “Yes!” The beauty
was so overwhelming that it was like having
been invited to join Mary on a trip to heaven.
To read Mary’s article on the flowers check out
www.news-press.com and enter sunflowers
in the search area.
Our excitement was to see this incredible event of
wildflowers blooming in such numbers, but just being
in the back country of Corkscrew is a serene and
was a concert of Ohhhhs! and Ahhhhs…and
then the constant sound of camera shutters
clicking. When at last we settled down and
were still, we could hear the deep buzzing
sound of millions of bees enjoying the
flowers along with us.
have been thinking about the quote by
Iris Murdoch: “People from a planet without
flowers would think we must be mad with joy
the whole time to have such things about us.”
could get better than this, but it just kept
getting more and more spectacular!
This sunflower is the Southeaster sunflower. It’s
Latin name is Helianthus agrestis. They grow to
be more than 6 feet tall and many are 10 feet.
down to be in the midst of this yellow miracle
that seemed to be singing the hallelujah chorus.
The beauty was so wondrous it is impossible
to put words to it…
this burst of yellow profusion of the
momentary glory of a flower.
What a wondrous creations!