I love sunflowers! Towards the end of August, the wild sunflowers start popping up along the highways and byways of Oklahoma. They aren’t real big, like the giant sunflowers I planted many years ago while living in Kentucky, but they are just as beautiful. And tall! The wild ones grow to well over 6 feet and one plant will have more than one head. The photos in this post were all taken on the same day in the mid-morning hours along the railroad tracks across from my kids school.
My photography bucket list includes a day spent in a commercial sunflower field. We don’t have those in Oklahoma, so a trip to neighboring Kansas is on tap for next weekend. For several weeks now, I have been keeping tabs on a farm near Lawrence, Grinter’s Sunflower Farm, www.krisgrinter.blogspot.com. I have done some research and this one seems to be the only one left in the whole state of Kansas. Most of the farmers have gone with soybeans, a more profitable crop. Anyway, I am super excited about making the 3 1/2 hour trip up from Oklahoma. I plan on getting up before the butt crack of dawn, like 4:30am to be on the road by 5am. I want to get there before the sun gets too high in the sky. Yes, the sun will be shining that day. I have faith. And will be keeping my fingers crossed. And my toes. Dull, gray skies and sunflower fields don’t make for beautiful pics, although I could get some very good shots of just the flowers themselves. But, I want bright blue skies to showcase those deep yellow petals.
In the meantime, I will have to just enjoy the wild sunflowers found in my own state. There are several plants along the route I take to work and every time I pass by them, I smile. They are such a happy flower! How could they not make my day that much better? Even the view from the backside of one of these beauties is interesting.
I will share my experiences and photos of Grinter’s Sunflower Farm next month. I can’t wait for that road trip and to see that huge field of sunny glory!
Have a sunny day and safe and happy travels!