Sunflowers & My Return To Photography

I used to love taking photos. Until I joined a photography club. Rather than enjoy the artistic spec of the hobby, the club did nothing but turn photography into a competitive, dog-eat-dog sport. Disgusted, I put my camera away. I can’t function in a hostile environment. To me, my photographs are a reminder of happy places in time I find. It’s not about the angle, the light, the lines, the color, all of which are important but if you get too wrapped up in the presentation, you lose the joy of the present. At least, that is how I saw things.

Word went out on the street here that someone found a hidden sunflower farm, located far off the blazing trail. She said she was just driving along and there it was! Acres and acres of tall, large, massive sunflowers. All waiting to be harvested for their seeds. “Hurry up!” she said. “You don’t want to miss this.” So, I noted the address and realized my simple iPhone was not going to capture this beauty of nature. I needed my real camera. I dug it out of the closet, removed the battery and recharged the camera that I used to love and adore. Told my hubby we had plans the next morning and set the car’s GPS to where the sunflower spotter told us the sunflowers would be.

The sunflower spotter didn’t exaggerate. The field was exactly as she described it. We drove along a lovely farm road and suddenly on our left, the sunflowers appeared.

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With the Catskill Mountains as the backdrop, the sunflowers magically appeared.

I shot the first round of photos with my Canon. The sky was magnificent. The clouds were little pillows of softness and light. The sunflowers were amazing. I had never seen a sunflower farm before.

Sunflowers are the type of flower that brings smiles to everyone’s face. You can’t help but feel a sense of happiness when you see a sunflower. A vase of sunflowers set on your kitchen table makes every day shine all the more.

If you want to see more of my ‘professional’ sunflower photos, please visit my photography page Cindimatography by clicking here. All the photos and video on this page were taken with my iPhone.



  1. Oh my goodness, love the pics!! You know sunflowers are my favs 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 4. Shared.


  2. Okay so I just found you through the Grammy’s link party and I already love you.
    We have two sunflower fields within a short drive of my home (it’s a “thing” now, I guess) and I need to get to one before they are gone. Or maybe they are already gone?

    I love photography too but could totally see how a club could ruin that for me as well.

    Adding you to my blogs I love to read. 🙂


    • Hi Writer. I found it’s best to learn or participate through YouTube. Non judgemental and always there to help you! Get thee to that sunflower patch! They’ve already started harvesting here already! Thank you for your comment.

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  3. I agree with you, the I-phone sometimes just doesn’t cut it – you need a real camera! Stunning shots, that field with the mountains in the background and the blue sky was a gorgeous setting to get you back into the groove of photography. PS – you haven’t lost your touch!!


  4. The winner of the James Tait Black novel competition, Olivia Laing, announced that there’s no place in art for competition and proceeded to share the prize with her fellow finalists. That strikes me as relevant to your decision.


    • Ellen, I totally agree. The competition destroys the creativity of the art, IMHO. It puts un-necessary pressure on the artist because then the artist is trying to impress the judges. Sad.
      I don’t know how to go about it. Of course there is the best and the worst. So, I don’t see a solution other than to just let us all be.
      Another thing I despise is food competitions. With so many people hungry in this world, it’s obscene the food waste that goes on in those competitions. Why not just have the people be the judge and jury. We all vote for what we like and don’t like. That lets off a lot of pressure from the artist….I think?
      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it.


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