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Aug 26, 2019
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."
- Helen Keller
Last week, my wife and I decided, with the summer coming to an end, that we should take a quick getaway. We decided that since I'd never been up to the northeastern corner of Maine, this would be a perfect time to do so. Aroostook County, known simply as "the county" to Mainers, is primarily farming country, growing mostly potatoes and broccoli. It is small town New England, with farms dotting the landscape and small towns that you'll miss if you blink. My goal was simply to bring my camera, drive around and see what I could find to photograph. My wife was happy to accompany me and spend time together while I do what I love.
On our first day there, as we drove aimlessly, taking in the natural beauty, stopping at one of the Amish shops and buying some hand pies for a snack, and just enjoying the time together, we came over a hill and in the distance saw this enormous, bright yellow swath at the top of the next ridge. We quickly realized it must be sunflowers and set out to find them. We drove to the top of the next rise and took the first turn that went in the direction of the field we had seen. A short distance down that road, we found the field. It seemed to go on forever, with row after row of sunflowers. It was simply breathtaking.
It was already becoming early evening by this point and I did a little calculating and found that the sun would be setting directly behind the field. So I went about making some images, waiting for what I knew would be the big payoff, the setting sun behind this incredible field of sunflowers.
As the sun dipped lower in the sky, the sunflowers seemed to glow as the sun lit them from behind. It was a sublime ending to the day, and as I watched the sun set behind these amazing flowers, I found myself looking ahead to the fall, while I fondly remembered the summer.
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