Mornings are cool and crisp, days are warm, life is changing. Over the weekend I began getting the garden ready for winter. I usually leave the dead sunflowers standing over winter for the birds. This year the groundhogs got the best of my sunflowers. This was the only survivor. It grew 7 feet tall this summer and has a head full of seed for the birds. Tonight as the seasons are changing once again, I thought of this sunflower. So poised against an early fall sky, this solitary sunflower prepares for its winter duties.