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.
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.
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?
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…