Cornstalks in the morning sun

August 2, 2016

Cornstalks in the morning sun

There’s not much going on in Dixon, California, but there is one thing in Dixon that’s been on my radar for years: a ginormous sunflower field. The sunflowers only bloom in the summertime and I’ve been wanting to go for years now. This year is the year of me checking a bunch of things off my bucket list: starting a business, writing an ebook, going to the Berkeley Kite Festival, traveling to Portland and Seattle for the first time (next month!)… so of course I had to visit the sunflowers as well.

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Cornstalks in the morning sun

If you follow me on Snapchat (and Instagram too!), you’ll know my mom and woke up at 4:00am to drive to Dixon and catch the sunrise at the sunflower field. I wore an American Apparel seersucker dress I’d been saving for months just for the occasion. I loaded up my Polaroid and film cameras with fresh rolls of film. I couldn’t believe we were actually going to see and take pictures with the sunflowers after all these years!!! We even brought Aubrey (our dog) along because how often do you get a photo opportunity like this?

You can imagine my disappointment when we pulled up to a field of acres and acres of… (wait for it)… dried, droopy, completely dead sunflowers.

Cornstalks in the morning sun

We had missed the sunflowers in their prime by a few weeks. The sunflowers completely lost their color and were all saggy and just… well, dead looking. What to do, what to do? Thankfully, there was a cornfield literally across the dirt road where we took outfit pictures. The cornstalks were super cute, so the trip was not a waste! How often do you get to take pictures in a cornfield, after all?

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Even though my mom and I woke up at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise at a sunflower field that was long dried up, it’s moments like these I cherish. After our initial disappointment wore off, we had a good laugh, still got nice pictures, and just spent time together. Time is so precious and fleeting. My family has gone through a bunch of financial struggles these past few years and my mom had to take a part time job last year. It’s only a few times a week, but growing up, I always had my mom around, and I think that’s one of the reasons why she’s my best friend. It’s been tough having her gone more lately, but I definitely treasure moments like these. I’m really looking forward to taking our family road trip up Oregon and Washington later this month. Yes please.

One Polaroid from the day…

Cornstalks in the morning sun

Dress: American Apparel
Necklace: c/o Upper Metal Class
Shoes: Vintage Cole Haan via Crossroads
Socks: No idea

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