This time of year, it's easy to see why Kansas is called the Sunflower State. Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers- they're just so darn optimistic! I enjoy the native sunflowers growing in my back yard and along the roads, as do all the butterflies and other insects. Last year I took some sunflowers to school for the students to observe and draw. The timing won't work out right this year since we are jumping right into some Southern African projects for Multi Cultural Heritage Week, more on that later! In the mean time, I hope you enjoy some of my photos.