Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Location: Big Dry Creek Trail, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Close your eyes and imagine a flower. What does it look like? For me, it is something like the flower in this photo. To me, the sunflower is the prototypical flower.
This nearly perfect sunflower specimen was growing wild beside a hiking trail that runs through a suburb of Denver, Colorado. This species of sunflower is commercially cultivated in the region, but this one was miles from a sunflower farm.