Sunflowers have been one of my favourite flowers for as long as I can remember. Their vibrant colour, their amazing height, and of course the delightful snacks them provide later in their life. 😉 So I can’t help but think how excited 13-year old Suzi would have been about visiting a Sunflower Maze. In fact 35-year old Suzi was pretty excited about it too! Right here in Nova Scotia, Daykene Farms in Mount Denson has a beautiful Sunflower Maze that they open to the public each summer.
Take exit 8 off of the 101, then turn right at the end of the 101 Connector Road onto the #1 Highway. The Sunflower Maze is found on your right after approx 5km. Click here to see the location on Google Maps.
Lisa and I had visited the maze two years ago and had so much fun taking pictures of sunflowers and bees, that I knew I wanted to go back this year. On my way home from my Tuesday morning fitness class I noticed how gorgeous it was, and announced when I got home that we should go to the sunflower maze that afternoon.
It was a beautiful day – though a scorcher! Thankfully the lovely folks at Daykene Farms have a supply of umbrellas on hand for people to borrow so that they can get a little respite from the sun while out in the maze.
We weren’t there for the maze aspect, just for the photo taking opportunities, but if you are going for the maze, I’d suggest waiting another week or so when the sunflowers are taller. Right now (except for little people) they aren’t quire high enough to get “lost”. Mind you I doubt you’ll care when surrounding by this much beauty.
As part of your admission fee, you get a map of the maze, as well as some trivia questions to answer which makes it more interactive and fun for families. But if you’re like me, you’ll be happy wandering aimlessly taking picture after picture after picture.
The Fuji X-A3 makes capturing photos a breeze. I alternated between using landscape, portrait and manual settings to take these photos and am still using only the kit lens (16-50mm). I can’t tell you how impressed I am with what I can capture with this camera!
I’d never be able to get such fabulous macro detail on my Canon with the kit lens, just look at the center of that sunflower!
As far as editing goes, all I’ve done to these is re-size them so the will load more quickly, no other edits were necessary.
Standing in a huge field of sunflowers is simply amazing. These pictures don’t to justice to how many there really are!
Is it any wonder I love them? I don’t know how you can look at one and not smile!
Happiness as far as the eye can see!
And of course there are lots and lots of bees buzzing around working. Don’t worry, they have business to take care of, as long as you don’t bother them, they don’t bother you.
The real problem with visiting a sunflower maze is – you don’t really want to leave!
And you come home with approximately 5000000000 photos. And you find it incredibly hard to delete any of them!
Because as much as they all look the same, they are all beautiful and different in their own ways.
This weekend they are hosting a special event at the maze. on Saturday, August 26th they are having a butterfly release where you can “sponsor” a butterfly and have the tremendous joy of standing in a field of sunflowers and releasing a butterfly and watching it fly away. I’ve been wanting to attend the event for the past few years but something always gets in the way. This year I’ll be at the Mind Body Conference in Halifax but wanted to get this post out as soon as I could in hopes that some of you will get the chance to go! You can learn more over on the Facebook Event Page here. Just imagine the photo opportunities!
I’m so happy I had the chance to go see the sunflowers this year and see what kind of macro photos I could get with my X-A3! This little baby just doesn’t know how to disappoint!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for FujiFilm Canada and the X-A3 Camera. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.