Heat and drought! Not a good combination. We are in the midst of wildfire season here in the west, and Northern California is getting its share. But what makes us smile are the sunflowers. Yes, it’s also sunflower season here.

In the middle of June, the wonderful Yolo Arts & Ag Project brought us to the Elkhorn Basin Ranch in West Sacramento. It was going to be a hot day, so we got there early. Artists and photographers were lined up to sketch, paint and photograph the cheerful sunflowers.

Now these sunflowers were grown mainly for seed to ship overseas, and to my surprise, they were not super tall. I’m short and I always have a difficult time to photograph fields even with my three-step ladder. I was in photo heaven. Also the farm manager allowed us to walk into the field a little bit.

So, here are some of my images from that morning.

An artist stops to smile for the camera.

Before we reached our destination, we did stop to take images of this orchard.

The Elkhorn Basin Ranch is owned by the Yolo Land Trust and leased to Don Beeman and Garcia Farms.

17 thoughts on “The heat is on: The sunflowers are smiling!

  1. Dear Anne,
    heat & draught is our problem here in East Anglia as well – but not nearly as hot as at yours.
    Our sunflowers need two more weeks for flowering fully. We admire your sunflowers.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      1. Dear Anne,
        East Anglia belongs to the arid areas in Europe as it’s situated in the rain shadow of the mountains at the west coast of England.
        All the best
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Van Gogh would be envious! We drove past such fields on our way back to Sacramento from the Van Gogh Immersive exhibit in SF. Your photos evoke the same feelings (minus any darkness).

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