A few weeks ago I headed to a sunflower field I had heard about. It was supposed to be the largest sunflower field around, with over 1.5 million sunflowers. To say I was excited is an understatement! This farm is only open every 4 years and only for about 2 weeks. We headed over the first Tuesday morning it was open.
This farm was pure magic. As soon as I drove up and caught my first glimpse of the fields I was awestruck. Walking around it was even more magical. We made sure to show as much respect for the farm and the plants as possible and no sunflowers were harmed in the taking of these photos. It was not busy when we were there and we got to really take in the farm for all its beauty.
Fast forward to the next weekend; news of this farm had travelled and suddenly I was reading reports of 7000 cars showing up in one day. Police had to be called, people were parking illegally and crossing dangerous roads of traffic on foot with strollers, they were avoiding paying the entrance fees and were wandering into the fields from the roads and trampling over the plants. Sadly this lovely farm had to close for the season (possibly never to reopen again). I am so disappointed this happened and my heart hurts for this farm and these flowers. I feel so lucky that these farmers opened up their magical sunflower farm to us and that I got to experience it (and to do so with my kids). I hope that they do reopen one day and that I can go back again as it was truly such a beautiful place.
Photos by my favourite girl Amy Brant! Your go to photographer if you are in the GTA.