Life Well Lived #13: Sunshine
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
These Jerusalem Artichokes [also called Sun Chokes] began in my neighbor’s yard. Year-by-year, bit-by-bit, they migrated to mine. By the time the house was torn down, none grew next door … until I tossed a few flowers into the vacant lot. Four years later, a little grove is growing with flowers steadfastly, insistently facing toward warmth and sun. What lovely inspirations as autumn nears and winter follows.
BTW, the flowers’ roots are tubers, a vegetable that tastes like a blend of potato and artichoke heart. They improve digestive health, keep bones strong, have lots of vitamins C, A and E, antioxidants that fight disease. They go great in salads, can be added to soups and ground into flour. Read more.
Also, check out Rihanna’s video, “Towards The Sun.”
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“Jerusalem Artichokes” was photographed with a Nikon CoolPix camera on an overcast day and ‘developed’ with Adobe Photoshop Elements 14. The image was processed through both the Watercolor and Accented Edges Filters along with enrichment of the color saturation and vibrance as well as lighting.