Grinter's Sunflower Farm

Tis the season for sunflowers to bloom in Kansas. In past years we’ve simply driven a few miles from our home to the nearest sunflower field to take pictures of our state flower, but this year, there are no fields around. Soybeans are worth more than sunflowers so everyone planted those instead this year.

We heard of a field down by Lawrence, Grinter’s Sunflower Farm, and so last Thursday, Harland drove down there to take a look. He said the flowers were in their prime, so Friday night, we camped a few miles down the road from the field. We stayed at a lovely campground surrounded by woods and we were the only ones there that night so we settled down for what we thought would be a peaceful night’s sleep.

Suddenly a sound shattered the stillness:

“BROCK..BROCK…BROOOCK…”

“What was that?!“, we asked each other.

It was a tree frog singing from the top of a nearby tree. And not just any ordinary tree frog, but one with leather lungs capable of croaking at a decibel level comparable to cannon-fire.

“BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK..BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK….BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…BROCK….BROCK…BROOOCK….BRRROOCK…..”

Sometimes he would stop for a few seconds, and we would sigh in relief. But our respite was short-lived as he would start all over again… hour after hour after hour.

Our alarm went off at 5:30am. Time to get up. We dressed in the darkness, and stumbled to the truck for the short drive to the sunflower field. Sunflowers look their best in the wee hours of the morning.

Since the 1970s, the Grinters have planted sunflowers on their farm between Tonganoxie and Lawrence. They encourage visitors to stop and take pictures and even pick a few flowers to take home for a suggested fee of $1 per flower. Visitors can slip their dollars into a can at the edge of the field.

Harland and I went our separate ways into the field to take pics.

This year I used my 10-22 wide angle lens:

If you are interested in visiting the Grinter sunflower field, here is the address:

14754  243rd St., Lawrence, KS 

And here is the Grinter’s blog where they update regularly on the status of their sunflower field. Click HERE. 

Oh, I almost forgot…

Here’s what we look like after trying to sleep all night accompanied by a tree frog chorus:

Harland is a morning person, so he didn’t look too bad:

But I’m not a morning person, and four hours sleep is just not enough:

 Note to self: Bring earplugs next time. 

To see more of my sunflower pictures from years’ past, go to my sunflower page.

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