Follow the Light
Just west of Madison, Pope Farms Conservancy hosts thousands of guests over a week in August to see 500,000 sunflowers bloom. When Dave and I ventured out to see the sunflowers back in 2015, we saw drooping flowers nearing the last days of peak bloom. This year, we made plans to do things a bit differently.
Well before the sunflowers bloomed, we drove out to Middleton after the workday was over to check out the fields. Seeing the sun right behind the flowers was fun, but it made for terrible photographs and a hot afternoon.
We waited another week and set early morning alarms in hopes of watching the sunrise over the field of sunflowers. While we barely missed the sun peaking over the horizon, we saw gorgeous skies behind the fields of flowers with few others.
As Dave and I embark on this adventure that is our relationship, we've been focused on getting to know our neighborhood and the delight that is living in southern Wisconsin. This field of flowers is just over a 20 minute drive away from our home, but there can always be excuses made for not going. It is difficult to set an early morning alarm and actually get out of bed. It is hard to make time within your busy routine to take an hour out of your morning for an adventure that may not live up to preconceived notions. It is challenging to take a step back from rote actions and realize there is so much more to life than the mundane actions and distractions within our daily lives.
Waking up as the sun was rising, without much coffee, was a challenge. Dave and I walked the field in sweatpants and sweatshirts, unprepared to take photos with the flowers. Even if we hadn't packed our cameras and even though we were in our pajamas, it was worth it to take deep, relaxed breaths. I snapped a few dozen photos, put my camera away, and reached out to hold Dave's hand as we walked back to the car, at peace with the morning and ready to take on the rest of summer.