Saturday, July 19, 2014

sunflower fields

I've had the itch lately to just get out and do something. I know that sounds totally random, and very vague, but I just feel the need to experience something. Deep down I'd really love to take a trip somewhere exciting and new, I've even gone so far as to research some dream destinations that I hope to one day visit. But traveling simply isn't an option right now, so I decided to experience something local. North Carolina is an amazing state in that in just a few hours you can be at the beach or the mountains, and in the middle? Well that's where we live, and there's no shortage of activities here either.

Friday afternoon I decided to take a drive to Salisbury. I'd heard about a sunflower field there and figured I would take a drive and see if I could find it. So I did, and 15 minutes away I found one of the prettiest places I've seen in a while. Several acres of gorgeous yellow sunflowers just begging to be photographed. I pulled over on the side of the road and grabbed a few shots from my car, but noticed "no trespassing" signs, so that was as close as I could get. :(

Afterwards I visited a great road side stand and stocked up on local peaches, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and even pimento cheese. One of my absolute favorite things about summer is the farmers market and road side stands. Fresh, local, homegrown produce is in abundance and we frequently have dinners that are fruits and veggies only. Its cheap, and healthy, and delicious.

This morning, I decided to go to our local Farmer's market and see if they had any fresh flowers. When I got there, I noticed a stand for the farm where we pick our strawberries each year, High Rock Nursery. They had huge huge sunflowers in buckets, and were only $1 per bloom. I purchased 7 blooms to use at home, and asked them if they had more at their farm. The guy there said they did, so afterwards I drove over to the farm and asked if I could take some pictures of their sunflowers. They are the nicest family, and have one of the neatest places- I always joke with John and say that I wish they would hire me because I would be in hogs heaven getting to pick blackberries, blueberries, and corn every day.

It felt good exploring, getting outside, and enjoying the beauty that is literally right down the road from me. Sometimes I feel like I need to travel to experience, but the truth is- there is so much to see and do right here around my home. Living out in the country has its perks, thats for sure!


  1. beautiful pictures, Katie! we had a sunflower field here, but it hasn't produced in a few years, much to my dismay!!! I really want to go buy a big bag of seeds and spread them over the area in the hopes it will make some again.

  2. beautiful! i just found out there's a sunflower field pretty close to our house! we're going to check it out this week :)


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