The greater DC area is currently in the throes of some hot and humid weather – that is, it’s summer. Much of this summer has been rainy, though; we got about a foot of rain in June alone. So any chance to get outside has been welcomed, even if it has been hot. I’ll get to Harpers Ferry in a minute, but first, sunflowers.
Today we walked around a bit at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, MD. We were on the hunt for sunflowers. A former student of mine had posted a photo of them online about two weeks ago, and yesterday I learned that these fields stay in bloom just about two weeks, so off we went. I’ve also seen the area discussed on local online media lately, and indeed, many people we passed on the trails or in parking areas were also looking for sunflowers. By this afternoon, most flowers’ heads were facing downward, and while I know this is likely just because they’ve been in bloom for a couple of weeks already, I like to imagine that in today’s heat – which felt like 100 degrees – they were simply trying to stay cool.