The new country lay open before me: there were no fences in those days, and I could choose my own way over the grass uplands, trusting the pony to get me home again. Sometimes I followed the sunflower-bordered roads. Fuchs told me that the sunflowers were introduced into that country by the Mormons; that at the time of the persecution when they left Missouri and struck out into the wilderness to find a place where they could worship God in their own way, the members of the first exploring party, crossing the plains to Utah, scattered sunflower seeds as they went. The next summer, when the long trains of wagons came through with all the women and children, they had a sunflower trail to follow. I believe that botanists do not confirm Jake’s story but, insist that the sunflower was native to those plains. Nevertheless, that legend has stuck in my mind, and sunflower-bordered roads always seem to me the roads to freedom.  Willa Cather, My Ántonia


Photo Marty Lewis

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  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    Wow, Sandy, beautiful photo of the sunflowers. I read My Antonia years ago and loved it … but I did not remember that quote from it. How charming! I wonder if the legend about the Mormons is true. Nevertheless, sunflowers are wonderful! Thanks for a day brightener.

    • Sandy says:

      The passage was a little long, but I really liked it. DiAnne’s son took the picture in France a few years back. Glad you liked the post today! Thanks.

  2. Di Anne Lewis says:

    I love the quote you chose to go with son Marty’s sunflower picture!
    Botanists may insist that the sunflower is native to the plains but I prefer to believe Jake’s story in “My Antonia” too : )

  3. Kathy says:

    I also did not remember the quote from My Antonina, but it is a beautiful story, and I think I will just believe it! The photo is gorgeous and perfect! Thank you!

  4. Jesse says:

    Yikes that is another great photo, I like the subtle hills in the background as well. Off to a good start this year Sandy 🙂

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