A Walk Through Sunflowers

Sunflowers Looking Toward the Light
Look Toward the Light

Recently I decided I’d had enough of staying at home and made a spontaneous trip up to the central coast to visit my parents. It was my first overnight trip since March. It felt SO GOOD to get out and do things that felt almost normal!

While I was there, my mom and I made a trip to the Avila Valley Barn to check out the sunflower field. Sunflowers have a way of always making me smile, and walking through a field of them is like walking through pure joy!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from this uplifting field of stunning sunflowers:

The Worker Bee
The Worker Bee
Sunflower Dreams
Sunflower Dreams
Sunflower bud
Becoming a Sunflower
Swirly Sunflower with Bee
Worker Bee, Hard at Work

I hope these photos make you smile! Do you have a favorite in this series? Let me know in the comments below, or contact me directly. I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Andrew McKinney on October 26, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Angela …. I love them all! …. no favorites. I like the contrast between the 2 crunchy/dynamic images, and the 2 dreamy effects. Nicely done!

    Do I assume that you used some kind of motion blur with the camera to get the dreamy effect?

    Kind regards

    • Angela Andrieux on October 27, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Hi Andrew – I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! The ones that are more dreamy were manipulated in post. I used a combo of Topaz Studio 2 (smudge effect) and Photoshop to erase a few distractions and a bit more targeted smudging. Topaz Studio is my go-to for artsy effects. :)

  2. Nick Buchko on October 26, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Angela. I particularly like the “Sunflower Dreams” picture. I like the swirls that you managed to capture. Did you twist the camera while taking the picture? Do you mind sharing how you captured this image?


    • Angela Andrieux on October 27, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Hi Nick – Thanks for letting me know your favorite!! That image was just a simple photo, nothing fancy done in camera. I took it into Topaz Studio and used the Smudge tool a couple of times on different areas, and then on to Photoshop where I erased a few distractions and did a bit more selective smudging. :) It was a fun, artistic, project!

  3. Kevin La Rue on October 27, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Heck yeah, it made me smile (as many of your delightful photos do!). Thanks for this post. I’m happier because of it!

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