Sunflower Fields Forever

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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