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Happiness is a Field of Sunflowers

Is there anything more cheerful than a field of sunflowers?

As kiddo and I slog through the frustration that is virtual school during a pandemic, taking the opportunity to wander through a giant field of sunflowers was a very welcome distraction. So much so, that we decided to go two weeks in a row.

It was amazing to see the change in the blooms just seven days later. On our first trip to walk through the sunflowers, about half of the flowers were open and we saw zero honeybees. But on week two, almost all of the sunflowers had bloomed and there were multiple bees on most of the blossoms. The farm we visited allows you to take a sunflower home with you, so we now have a little slice of sunshine on our kitchen table. šŸ™‚

All photos taken in the field of sunflowers at Ed Dunneback and Girls Farm. Visitors are welcome to walk through the field each year for a small fee.

Want more sunflowers?
>Check out the photos from my sunflower visit in 2019

Late Summer Sunflowers

Is there a more quintessential mark to the end of summer than sunflowers? They’re the perfect flower to celebrate the transition from hot summer days to the cool and crisp of fall. A field full of sunflowers is a field full of happiness and almost impossible to resist – something The Girls at Ed Dunneback & Girls knows very well.

They opened up their sunflower field to visitors, cutting paths through the flowers and setting up spaces throughout the field, inviting you to pause and enjoy your time amongst the flowers. A couple weeks ago, a dear friend and I took a few hours to grab lunch at the Dunneback Farm (try their pulled pork tacos!) and stroll through the sunflowers. It was beautiful, and magical and something you should experience. Mark your calendar for the upcoming sunflower season in August 2020.

Last of the Season Hoar Frost

A couple weeks ago, an early morning call came in from a colleague instructing me to get in my car immediately and drive to Collins Park on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Go now!” she insisted. Since calls like this aren’t commonplace for me, I decided to do as I was directed and was rewarded with the scenes below.

This is hoar frost. I love hoar frost. You see it a few times during a typical West Michigan winter; more during the years the arctic air settles in the region. Conditions have to be just right for it to form – extreme cold being one – and the closer we move toward spring, the less likely we are to see bitter temperatures in West Michigan. It had been a cold and foggy night, but nothing typical of the conditions where you would expect hoar frost. And yet, there it was. Coating everything in sight and sparkling in the sun. I’m so glad I followed my colleague’s instructions and took a few minutes out of my morning to enjoy what was my first – and likely last – hoar frost of the season.

Best of 2015

‘Tis the season for “best of” lists, posts and look backs, so here’s one more! Below are my favorites from my 2015 archives. It’s been a year of big changes in our family, and the amount of posts that did (and didn’t!) make it up on the blog tells me how much things have shifted. The images below were chosen for their quality, but as tends to happen, they also represent several highlights of 2015: A spring trip out West, birding at Tawas Point, fall apple picking and our many trips to Meijer Gardens.

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