Chasing Sunflowers

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Sunflower at Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Every summer, towards the end of August, my Instagram feed is filled with photos of sunflower fields in the North Fork of Long Island. And every time I would see the photos, I would always say, next year I’m going to go out there and take pictures. Back in July, when the summer was already hectic and I hadn’t taken any photos that were not work related, I decided to finally make good on that promise and I booked myself a two day trip to my happy place, the North Fork. One of the goals was just to have some time off of work to de-stress, the other goal was to find those sunflower fields.

Right after I booked the trip, one of the secret sunflower fields I had been trying to get the exact location of became public knowledge since it belonged to North Fork Potato Chips, who opened it to the public. Finally having the location, I was all set to make it my first stop until a few days of downpours closed the field for good a week before I left. Lesson learned, next year as soon as the field opens, go that weekend.

Sunflowers at Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

I had a few other farms as possibilities that had sunflower fields, so I figured I would just keep driving down the two main roads that everything was located on until I found some sunflowers. And find them I did! I stopped at two places that had fields, Patty’s Berries & Bunches in Mattituck and Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue where these sunflowers are from. I’ll be sharing the photos from Patty’s in another post.

Any chance I get to head out to the North Fork, I’ll always take. Getting to photograph my favorite flower out there just makes the trip even better!

Sunflowers at Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Sunflowers at Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Sunflowers at Bayview Farms & Market in Aquebogue, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

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