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Rita C. Ford

Nashville, TN USA


Art: Sunflower by Artist Rita C. Ford
Sunflowers get their name because they always face the sun -- turning their flowers to track the sun's movement across the sky.

There is a legend based on Greek mythology that tells us the origin of the sunflower. The legend has it that once upon a time, Clytie, a dryad, deeply fell in love with Apollo, the God of the Sun. But Apollo felt no love for her. Hence, all she could do was sit and fix her eyes only on her beloved sun from sunrise until sunset. Magically, the body of Clytie was changed into a sunflower. Her legs turned to be the stem while the face became the flower. Her gold hair became the yellow petals. Though in the form of a flower, Clytie still turned her face to the sun. That is why the sunflower always turns its head to the sun.

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Detail Image for art Sunflower

Detail Image for art Sunflower

Detail Image for art Sunflower


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