Head west off the Madison beltline, go west on Old Sauk Rd. Look for the signs you will be there before you know it. I went Sunday on an overcast hazy day, high humidity, morning temperature over 77 degrees: Perfect summer day for a hike around the Pope Nature Conservancy. Bloom is early this year, July 24 and the first weekend of the summer sunflower event. The sunflowers only bloom for about ten days so get it while you can.
Spoke with one of the volunteers. She mentioned the sunflower event is open this weekend and the next: July 23 through July 31. Full details available at the Friend's of Pope Nature Conservancy.
So many people I had to park in the north parking lot, south parking lot was full. Bring water or buy one at the sunflower fields: $2 each or 3 for $5. These folks are very organized, water available and porta potties. Be sure to drop a few dollars in the donations jar, the sunflower's don't plant themselves.
Sign at the parking lot says some two thousand feet to the sunflowers which means a 15 minute walk through a rolling grass walkway. Enjoy views of rotating crops and a multicolored prairie restoration project. All of the usual suspects to see in a prarie, purple bergamont, yellow cone flower and others I cannot recall the names.
Plenty of pic-nic tables so bring a lunch and enjoy the fields of yellow and green. The summer sunflower bloom is just one of the many seasonal events held year round. More events listed here... I'm looking forward to the fall bird migration event.
starlight photography - introduction
October 31, 2015
natural light and exposure, lesson zero, Intermediate level