Endless field of sunflowers during August season in Colorado

Fresh Shots: Colorado Sunflowers

About This Photo

Outside of it’s reputation for the mountains in the west, Colorado’s eastern plains provide a different kind of beauty. Each year, summertime is brought to a close by the blooming fields of sunflowers in early August. Lasting around three weeks before they begin to die, the yellow fields travel on as far as the eye can see. The farmers move the fields move each year, so sometime’s they are difficult to find. The best area to begin a search is just south of Denver International Airport. An old wives tale says that sunflowers follow the sun east to west as it moves across the sky, but when the sun sets in the west, these sunflowers were still facing east allowing me to shoot into the setting sun.

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1/4 seconds @f/14 ISO 400 Focal Length: 95mm

Date / Time

August 17, 2011 7:03PM MST

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April 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Colorado Sunflower Field

April 2012 Desktop Wallpaper

The eastern plains of Colorado do not get near as much attention as the Rocky Mountains to the west, but each August the eastern crops of Colorado are greeted with fields upon fields of sunflowers. They are only fully blossomed for around one week out of the year, so catching them at the right time is tough. It’s truly a unique site when the sea of yellow goes on for further than the eye can see, only to come to a stop at the foot of the best mountains in the US.

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September 2011 Desktop Calendar

Each year at the end of summer there is a small window in Colorado where the sunflower fields bloom. For miles, yellow color can be seen and photographers from all over the US flock to see the endless fields. This year I was grateful to be able to visit several fields, each that had it’s own personality. This shot was taken north of Denver just after sunrise.
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Each summer, the sunny plains of eastern Colorado provide the perfect environment for growing endless fields of sunflowers. The endless array of bright yellow lying underneath blue skies are perfect for great landscape photos.
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