Near a rest stop just off southbound Interstate 75 is a local wonder.
Sunflower fields dot the landscape of Northern Kentucky, drawing tourists in as a destination. A patch of sunflowers planted by the rest stop is in full bloom now, offering some sunshine to the drivers zooming by on the interstate.
Distant cars can’t see the small ecosystem that has blossomed from the sunflower patch, but up close is a view of buzzing bees, yellow finches and butterflies landing on the flowers as the breeze from traffic gently rustles the blooms.
Those passing through have stopped to take photos and admire the patch for years now. For those who haven’t stopped at the rest area near Florence, below are photos that offer a close-up look at the sunflowers that prove beauty can grow anywhere.