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September 16, 2012

Today was a good day.

“Today I didn’t even have to use my A.K.
I got to say it was a good day.”

Just kidding, I couldn’t resist.

Today we had a nice family day.  Lance has been super busy with school and work and band stuff, so we haven’t gone anywhere outdoorsy in a while together.  We chose to go to Loch Raven Reservoir and then to check out the sunflowers off Jarrettsville Pike.

Loch Raven was beautiful as always, and we wanted to feed the ducks.  They were pretty far out in the water today, so it was up to two geese and a few sea gulls to eat a lot of bread.  We weren’t the only ones with this bright idea today, so we had to share space.

loch raven

Everyone walked, we didn’t take a stroller, so the plan was to wear everyone out.  We were very successful and I am actually sitting in the driveway writing this as I wait for the kiddos to wake up in the car.

waiting for the kiddos

Enjoying the silence


A while back, my friend Zhenia told me about the sunflowers off Jarrettsville Pike Road.  Ever since, I have always wanted to go see them.  I started to see people with pictures of them on Facebook recently so I knew it was time to go.  I think the last picture I saw was around September 5.

So, I googled Clear Meadow Farm which is where the sunflowers are supposed to be, and we went there after Loch Raven.  It was a good 20 minutes or so to the farm and when we got there, we didn’t see any flowers.  We just saw a ton of dead corn fields.  So, we asked someone on the farm where they were and he directed us to a different spot because I guess there is ANOTHER Clear Meadow Farm.  I had no idea, of course, so we just kept going.  The kids were falling asleep which was fine because it was about naptime anyways.  After another 15 minutes or so, we pulled up to the fields.  I was so excited and ready to be surprised and boy was I!  This is what I saw:

field of death


field of death

Field of Promise

Apparently we missed the blooming of the flowers.  Their fleeting beauty escaped us. Escaped ME rather.  I was the one dying to see the flowers.  No one else cared.  I guess that’s what I get for not finding out how long sunflowers live, I thought I had until the end of September but I guess not.

So guess who will be there mid August next year??  This gal!!  The farm planted the seeds in July and the flowers pop up over 300 acres of land for around a month.  Oh well, next time.  I will just have to wait until next year.

There was something sweet that I appreciated when we went though that I want to share.

When we drove up, I was so disappointed and shocked, that we kept on driving.  Something did catch my eye but we kinda kept going and didn’t stop.  I didn’t really have time to think.  After a couple of minutes, I asked Lance to turn around because I wanted to go back to take a picture of what I did see.  He ended up doing so like the great guy that he is, (somewhat reluctantly I might add) and I was able to get out and take a couple of pics.

I feel like this sight was left for me, for my 40 minutes or so that it took us all to get there.  I didn’t want to take it for granted and so I really needed a picture of it.  My little stem of hope.  My last love standing.  A sight for sore eyes.

last one

my flower
It makes me think of a line from a poem from my favorite poet, John Keats.

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”

So, I didn’t get to see the beautiful acres of sunflowers today, but isn’t it pretty cool that I got to see the last one standing?!  I think so.

Sometimes you have to appreciate what you have, and not waste time on what it could’ve been.

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2 replies
  1. madeleine says:

    Great photos! I’m sure you were disappointed, expecting a field of sunny gold. Still, I would give a different title to the field you did see (the one with a thousand flower heads so heavy with seed they are bent over). I think I would call it Field of Promise.


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