Traverse City Sunflowers Update

Lat year I wrote a post about some sunflower fields in the Traverse City, Michigan area. Well this is the Traverse City Sunflowers Update!

I went to that spot just last night to find that the field had been replaced with corn. Bad news right? Well not really. The land plots are rotated from corn one year to sunflowers the next. There are still sunflowers plots all over the area and I went on a mission to find how I could get close to them. During this pursuit I saw some signs for a Maple Bay Park and Recreation Area. It's a county ran park that just so happens to weave through some sunflower fields. The location is between Angel Rd. and Bates Rd. on the west side of US 31 N heading towards Elf Rapids. You will see a sign for the park but it's a bit weird because it looks like a driveway to an old farm house. You pull in and drive a couple hundred yards and soon you will find yourself at the edge of a sunflower field.

I took the gravel road to the end of the park and it seems there are some trails and whatnot. I didn't do any exploratory hiking because I was there for the flowers and the sun was setting fast. Maybe next time.

The sunflowers this time of year in Northern Michigan are still in decent shape. Some look pretty rough but they all have open blooms. I prefer sunset for these locations. I like the back lighting as opposed to the front lighting sunrise brings to the sunflower.

This post picture was taken during a sunset using a 70-200 IS @ f8. I shot this handheld while I played with the exposures in manual mode to make sure I didn't blow out the sky and also make sure the flowers weren't to dark. No filters needed for this particular shot.