I just discovered this new meme on site by Mr. McGregor's Daughter! I love wildflowers, however I didn't purchase my digital camera until late last May. My husband has been working on restoring a prairie over the past 10 years or so, and we'd been out walking most of the afternoon. But my very favorite prairie photo is this one. I also like the golden sunlight.
The plant is a gray-head (or gray-headed) coneflower or Ratibida pinnata. They have large yellow flowers with drooping petals that surround a gray/brown seed head. Plants bloom profusely all summer, and birds eat the seed if old flowers are left on the plant. It will self-seed and spread. It is good for prairies and meadows and it is great for erosion control (as most prairie plants are).
And, there you have it! ;-) Not at all shady.