A Billion Sunflowers

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A Billion Sunflowers : Prints Available

Endless flowers and glowing skies at sunset.

*REVISED, AUG 2017: NOTE: I am no longer giving out information on the location of this field, so please do not contact me asking for the “exact location of this field” unless you are 1) purchasing something or 2) have a life-saving need for it. I have received over 140 (one hundred and forty) emails from people asking for this information and I no longer have time to respond individually anymore. It is somewhat annoying to get these requests when I have spent many thousands of dollars getting these images, and get very few sales in return to compensate for these efforts. These photos were taken in 2014 and I have no idea if the field even exists at this point; crops are frequently rotated so it easily could be wheat this year and not sunflowers. If you are interested in photographing sunflowers, do what I did and drive around in locations known to have fields, do some exploring and even if you don’t find this exact field, you will surely enrich your life by discovering something equally beautiful in this beautiful country. Good luck!

I was planning on going to the mountains on my days off this week–but then I spotted a photo on Facebook by my friend Todd Caudle of a humongous sunflower field. I knew I had to check this field out, so I immediately called him to find out where I had to drive. There are numerous sunflower fields in northeast Colorado, but this particular field is not only humongous, it is relatively undisturbed by buildings, roads, and power lines, and it sits on a slight hill so the full extent of the field can be seen from the road. The size and accessibility sets it apart from other fields I’ve seen. So, I headed up in the afternoon after checking the weather charts; it looked like a storm would form just east of the field as sunset approaches. When I got to the field, there was one other photographer, Mike Renner, already set up to shoot the field. Another half-dozen photographers showed up, but Mike and I were the only ones to stay in this particular location and wait out the storms for sunset.

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Flower Power : Prints Available

Layers of flowers in a huge sunflower field.

I spent the next three hours or so scouting and shooting this one gigantic field. I drove up one farm road as far as my car would go, then back-tracked to the original location which had the advantage of sitting up on a slight hill overlooking the field. The light was constantly changing as storm clouds tried to organize south and west of the field.

Rays and Field : Prints Available

Crepuscular rays.

Forever Field : Prints Available

Flowers seem to go on forever looking west.

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Sun Dog and Sunflowers : Prints Available

Sun dog in late afternoon at sunflower field.

About an hour into my shoot, a storm started building to our south. It was the storm I expected to develop, but it was a little closer to my location than I anticipated. As thunder started to build in frequency, the other photographers left as Mike and I continued to test various angles on the field.

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Sunflower Storm : Prints Available

Thunderstorm builds on the edge of a sunflower field.

The rain started falling, and as I looked east it looked like the sun might briefly dip below the clouds, so I set up in anticipation of a rainbow. As the rain got heavier, a couple rainbows did briefly appear, but they quickly disappeared as the rain picked up in intensity. I was soaked!

Rainbow 1 : Prints Available

A rainbow appears briefly before heavy rain.

Rainbow 2 : Prints Available

A second rainbow.

As the storm moved away to the east, a few lightning flashes appeared but they were few and far between. I set my sights to the east, as the sun dipped lower on the horizon. With sunset getting closer, the textures and colors in the sky became more intense.

Textured Skies : Prints Available

It looked like sunset might be a bust as the sun dipped below some gray clouds hanging on the horizon. But you never know with sunsets; colors can explode when moments before everything looks gloomy. This one did not disappoint as the horizon began to glow red. I took out my telephoto lens to concentrate on the endless rows of flowers against the glowing horizon. It was a great afternoon!

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Field on Fire : Prints Available

Sunflower field at sunset.

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8 Responses to A Billion Sunflowers

  1. Lorena Holcombe says:

    These pictures are magnificent. They remind me of a field of Sunflowers my sister and I saw in eastern Colorado several years ago coming from Kansas. I can’t remember the exact location but maybe out around Highway 96 and I-40. It was the prettest field we had ever seen. And I grew up on a farm! So thank you for the memories!!!

  2. Elizabeth O'Dea says:

    Where exactly is the sunflower field in A Billion Sunflowers? I live in Gulfport, MS and have beautiful sunsets here over the Gulf of Mexico. I’m willing to fly to Colorado to experience that beauty in real life just for a few moments. 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    These are fantastic pictures! I’m a Colorado native and I’d love to see this in person! Where is this?

    • Stan Rose says:

      Thanks! This is a field east of Denver. There are many similar fields in northeast Colorado and northwest Kansas. If you’d like details on where the field is exactly, send me a mssage via my contact form. It’s a private field of course, so I don’t like to publicize location in case the owner doesn’t appreciate it being overrun by photographers.

  4. Stan, can you tell me where this sunflower field is near DIA? Thanks. Pat

    • Stan Rose says:

      read my response above–If you are interested, email me via my contact form. It is frowned upon to publicize photo locations that are on private property. Thanks.

  5. Understand. Email sent. Thanks, Stan.

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