Saturday, July 16, 2011

one can feel lost in a sea of sunflowers.

everyone of them seemingly happy.
but if you look more closely...

take the time...... to get to really KNOW them...

familiarize~embrace~befriend

open your mind.....

open your heart.

to different points of view

your world will open up.

behind a sunny face,

often lies an even more beautiful core.

really worth getting to know.

mmm

mmm

my girlfriend, Anna called me the other day..... to tell me about this gorgeous field of sunflowers that she spotted (off highway 96, just outside of Franklin)......well, i couldn't get there fast enough to take it all in......... giddy with the possibility of a fabulous photo-op! Anna joined me early the next morning (clothes thrown on, no make up....i don't even think i brushed my teeth!) and oh. my!! isn't it beautiful? i can just imagine, what lovely people must live in that little victorian house behind the field, to take the time, to plant 2 acres of sunflowers in their front yard. DELIGHTFUL!

afterwards, we dropped off a borrowed sander at Anna's friends house, who lives down the street from the sunflowers........a lovely woman.....she had us in for cake (yes, cake for breakfast!) and hibiscus tea. she told us this is the first year for her neighbors to plant sunflowers and that she and her hubby are SO inspired by them, that they want to plant them in THEIR back field next year. who wouldn't? we talked about how striking it would be, if everyone along this stretch of road planted sunflowers......

isn't it amazing, that a simple field of sunny sunflowers,

can spread so much joy and inspiration.




29 comments:

Sarahtine said...

Your blog is so beautiful! I live in Indiana and there is a place not far from me that plants fields and fields of sunflowers for the deer to eat. I've never been there while they were in bloom, but you've inspired me to go check it out!

It's me said...

Love ....xxx...

wildflower said...

There is nothing more uplifting than a field of sunflowers, beautiful!

Sharon Wengel said...

What a totally wonderful sight !

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That must be a beautiful sight! You did a great job of photographing them.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Magnificent! Your photos of this beautiful field of sunflowers...wow! They are so uplifting and joyful! Thank you for the smiles...
:)

Donna said...

Erin
I love the sunflowers!!! Amber's favorite flower and everytime I see one it is like Amber is sending me a message!
Beautiful!
Hugs,
Donna

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Great post, Erin, love seeing all those sweet happy faces! xoxo

Georgianna said...

oh, my goodness! What a lovely place to get lost in! A sea of sunshine and happiness that you've captured in all its joyfulness. And I cannot wait to see the (paintings). xo – g

T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can remember coming across a field like this during my road trips last summer around the States and it was such a glorious sight! How wonderful to be surrounded by such beauty each and every day. I would be inspired too. Even sunflowers don't last in the heat we have here in this desert country. :/

I just love, love, love your header -- the colors, shades of blue my favorite. Have a beautiful day! Tammy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THIS is what I love. Moments of surprise, of spontaneous INSPIRATION....your photos are a tool, a SKILLFUL TOOL through which you create the essence for us to enjoy my dear. Franklin and its environs captivate me, for I know several of you that live in the same area....what a delightful place my dear....thank you so much! Anita

The Boston Lady said...

Erin, your pictures are beautiful as is the act of planting a field of sunflowers. I saw one such field once in my life near Charleston, SC and thought it was the most stunning, happy sight I'd seen in a long time. Ann

Scott said...

Love all these and I love the brightness level and how you processed them. Nice work.

KarenB said...

Looks so beautiful. Even better on my computer than my iPhone. ;-) And to think I was so excited to see a row of sunflowers yesterday. A field trumps a row anytime. Beautiful!

A Rosy Note said...

Oh my goodness, how beautiful! It looks like a field of sunshine :)

Jane said...

What an amazing sight!!! I just may have to get up there to see...if all the homes along the lane plant sunflowers...

Petite Michelle Louise said...

sunflowers were my father's favorites. made me think of him today. miss him so. i wanted to pop in and say merci for visiting my studio and for saying such lovely things about ti. made my day...made my day! :)

maria cecilia said...

I would have run quickly as you did too!!! Soooo lovely Erin!! thanks for this joyful moment.
hugs dear

oldgreymare said...

Breathtaking

The field and your beautiful art

xxxx

z

myartsdesire said...

Oh, Erin! These are spectacular! Wise photographer that you are to capture these in all that glorious morning light! What a site to behold I'm sure. This would almost be worth the four hour drive it would take for me to see these!!! Thank you for sharing such a smile-inducing post! Xo, Sue

Heaven's Walk said...

AMAZING, Erin! Simply amazing! Bright, happy, inspiring, and what a wonderful idea! :)

xoxo laurie

Don said...

Now I'm feeling all sunshiney!

Kelly said...

Hi Erin....WOW...your blog and style of photography. I can't wait to go through your photos. Count me in as a fan!
Kelly

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

RING A LING!!!!!!! DIRECT CALL TO ERIN!

You have meet your horizon dearest and never disappoint with the beauty you are so capable of capturing! THANK YOU FOR COMING ON OVER and WHEW did we get a storm this morning! What weird weather!

STAY COOL! Anita

Cobalt Violet said...

Yes Erin - such joy! These are spectacular!
Gosh I love their faces!

Hope you are doing great!

YONKS said...

What a lovely thought, a whole row of sunflower fields. You would need to wear sunglasses to pass through on a really bright day.

So glad I found you, I am your newest follower from the rainy UK.
Wishing summer wold start.
Dianne
YONKS
:-)

Carla said...

Hi Erin, your parents visited my mom and she told me about your blog, where I just spent a bit of time reading your lovely posts. Carla (Dillmann) Kremer

Landbohaven said...

Hvor er det smuk.
Tak for kigget.

Sheila McKinney said...

Please tell me where this is. I've heard about it and live in Nashville and a huge lover of Sunflowers!! ;-)