You’ve seen them on Instagram. The endless rows of golden sunflowers that seem to stretch for days. My friend and I saw these sunflower fields all over our feeds and had to check it out before they all wilted by mid-August. We decided to visit on August 10th, which was already almost too late.
As you’ll see in the photos, we did find a little patch of flowers that weren’t in too bad of shape, but we drove by miles and miles of totally dead flowers on the way here. So, I went again the next year and I picked up some tricks and tips that I wanted to share with you now, so we all can be prepared next summer for sunflower season!
Where to Find The Best Sunflowers in California + Tips For Visiting
I love visiting the sunflowers each summer. Keep on reading for my tips!
Visit a field in July to make sure you catch the fields at the height of their awesomeness. As mentioned, August 10th 2017 was already too late and we had to hunt for a patch that was still half alive. The next year (2018), I visited in early June and some of the flowers were still a bit small, but at least they were alive and thriving! That’s why July is the best time to visit for the best flowers.
Woodland, Winters, and the Dixon are in the Yolo County, California area have the best Northern Californian sunflower patches. Sadly, I don’t know of any close to the Bay Area, but it’s worth the drive up here for the literally endless miles of flowers. Try heading to the famous Field of Sunflowers at 8747 Currey Rd, Dixon first. They are a great starting point!
Sometimes, you just have to do things that remind you you’re alive in a crazy beautiful world. Last week I grabbed @justinavanessa, a lot of ☕️ and left the city at 4am. We arrived at these beautiful ? fields for the most golden ?. Everything was peaceful and magical and beautiful. See more photos and learn how to find the best sunflower fields in California – link in bio to read! // shop my outfit here: http://liketk.it/2spYN #liketkit @liketoknow.it #ltkcurves #myboohoostyle #sunflowerfield #girlstrip
Plan to arrive at sunrise to avoid the rush of people and witness the flowers at their most beautiful moments. There is something magical about the sunflowers all facing East and meeting the sun breaking the horizon. We left San Francisco at 4:15am and made it to the fields at 5:30am for sunrise. Plus, the morning light is the best time to shoot!
If you aren’t up for a long morning drive, stay overnight in Sacramento! Make a fun weekend trip out of it. I recommend the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. We love Kimpton hotels – they are always so unique & well crafted. This one even has a pool (perfect for hot summer days after visiting the sunflowers!) Or, if you want something a little more unique, try the Delta King Hotel which is a hotel on a riverboat!
Of course, you can always come for sunset golden hour if you really aren’t up for a morning shoot. Just avoid the mid-day – high noon is the WORST time to take photos. You’re out in the middle of a field, remember? The light will be harsh and your photos won’t be good.
Since the light to photograph is best at sunrise and sunset, it may be easier to spend the night in a hotel somewhere in Sacramento. Make a weekend trip out of it!
Ask permission from the farmers to avoid any problems. Most farmers are fine with you stopping by the end of the field for a quick photo or two, but if you are planning on going deeper into fields or doing a big shoot (like an engagement or longer portrait session or flying a drone), figure out who owns the land and give them a call.
I haven’t heard of anyone saying no, they just like the heads up for any professional photo shoot or droning. On that note, be respectable and don’t wander too deep into fields or drive all over. The sunflower files are private land after all!
Remember- these fields are not public land. Respect the fields & don’t damage the flowers.
Don’t drone… for real. Droning is illegal on private land that isn’t yours. Farmers WILL call the cops on you. (Unless you have permission!)
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I hope this helps you plan your trip to see the sunflower fields! Use #whimsysoul on your photo if you post to Instagram so I can see it!
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