One of my favorite memories of driving Interstate 70 across Kansas was when we drove for miles and miles alongside fields of sunflowers. For as far as the eye could see, there was a sea of yellow flowers.
After taking several Black Eyed Susan flower photos for their beautiful yellow color on my morning walk, I was surprised when I looked across a field and saw these sunflowers growing at the edge of someone’s garden with the old barn in the background. That made me decide to grow some myself next year.
The old barns make for some interesting pictures, but they can also be unsightly when they start falling down. This is one of my favorite barns to walk by. I love the door slightly open, beckoning. I’d love to sneak a peek inside, but it is someone else’s property. Plus, the entire backside is falling down, so it’s definitely not safe. Every year there is more plant growth taking over, which will one day weaken the front of the barn and the entire thing will fall down.
Sadly, when these old barns fall down, they just lie there in a pile of rubble. I wonder why people don’t take the time to clean up their property and can only guess because it’s a lot of hard work. I suppose it’s a blessing that Mother Nature is always quick to take over what Man has abandoned.
The past few years I’ve traveled across Kansas anticipating the fields of sunflowers, I’ve been disappointed as they have been replaced with other crops-crop rotation or other crops that pay out more money? For now, I have Kansas in my own back yard with these sunflowers to enjoy on my daily walk.