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As hurricane Irene approaches, I had the urge to draw something sunny. The yellow coneflowers are in bloom, and they inspired this drawing.

It takes some effort for flowers to lean toward the sunshine. I have this theory that if we studied plants closely enough and could understand why they behave the way they do, we might discover they have emotions just as deep and strong as people. They do not possess the ability or desire to communicate the way humans do, but they know how to get what they need from their environment to survive. There must be some sort of survival instinct and motivation for them to lean toward the sun beyond simple chemical processes. I hope the flowers in bloom survive the hurricane this weekend!