My long awaited and eagerly anticipated day out at Washington Farms occurred today. I went with a friend to the famous farm which features corn maze, pig races, hayrides, kids’ activities, and on the other side of the entry gate, a sunflower farm and pumpkin patch. This is the non-kids’ side and it is the part we went through.
The Sunflower Farm and pumpkin patch, and shed containing jellies, honey and relishes, offers free admittance. There fields of yellow after yellow, and also colorful peonies, is a draw for many photographers. My friend likes to take photos too, and so we left early so as to arrive at their opening time and also while the sun was a bit lower.
We were fortunately spared any effects from Hurricane Andrew, thankfully, so it wasn’t rainy. It was a bit breezy which was great because the day was saturated with bright sun and a hot temperature! I thought by October 8, the second week the Farm is open in the fall, that it’d be cooler. But it was OK, we only spent an hour poking around the flowers and took shots of all we wanted.
The parking lot filled up within minutes of the 10am opening but our time in the sunflowers was free from crowd and loud, as the families with children went on into the Farm area itself to enjoy the many activities that were offered over there.
The Farm had posted a short note last week advising that the traditionally lush fields of flowers was quite diminished this year, due to the drought. I’d noticed driving home on Friday that as I passed the yard on the way to my driveway that the bushes were severely drooping sadly. The drought effects are really becoming noticeable now. It was the same with the sunflowers, though many individual flowers were still available to photo (or cut if we wanted to pay $1 per stem). The ground was indeed hard and dusty and the flowers were pretty droopy.
We were happy, though, because there were still areas which were beautiful in which to poke around and bask in the beauty.
Afterward we stopped and got a couple of tacos and yakked for about an hour, then did a very few errands, and headed home. It was relaxing and perfect! A nice day out which was followed by a nap, completing my assignments for two classes I’m taking, and then playing with photos!
Here are just a few of the 75 shots I took today.