Always a little reluctant to pick a sunflower to put up here. If you gathered a handful of sunflower species, you would be hard pressed to tell them apart. The leaves, stems, and even roots are needed. I can almost hear the "Ho, hums" when people come to the sunflowers in the photo album. But they're all pretty, and all deserving a look. This overcast morning seemed to need a sunflower. Western sunflower is as much eastern, and can be seen in AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD(T), MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, and WV. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 9/12/11.