The Sunflower Hunt

I’ve been thinking about going to see the sunflowers for several years, but it’s a long way to go by myself. I decided I would do it this year and asked my photography friend and her husband if they’d like to come and so we made a day trip of it!

I found a map through the Warwick Tourist Information website, packed some water and cookies and my friend and her hubby and off we went!

We stopped on the way to take in this lovely vista at Fassifern Valley:

Washpool Gully In Fassifern Valley near Aratula

We headed for the first sunflower field on the map, south of Allora. Unfortunately, there were no sunflowers to be seen. It looks like they’d been and gone because there was what appeared to be a crop of Sorghum. On the way to the field, we’d seen this majestic old dead tree and as we came back past, we photographed it and its surroundings, including my usual panoramas…:

A tree with views in Willowvale
A tree with views in Willowvale
A tree with views in Willowvale

We’d seen this falling down shed, too, which had to be photographed:

A shed in Willowvale

Then it was off to see the second sunflower location and it wasn’t false advertising! It’s a big field and we had it to ourselves for the time we were there – we did see people pulling up to have a look as we left, though:

Sunflowers in Willowvale
Sunflowers in Willowvale
Sunflowers in Willowvale
Sunflowers in Willowvale
Sunflowers in Willowvale
Sunflowers in Willowvale

We headed towards Allora for lunch, but the road I was going to take was closed, so we had to turn around. We saw this old ruined homestead, though, and my friend and I wanted to capture it and its sheds so got out into the heat for more photos. My car was filling up with flies by this time!

Ruins in Willowvale
Ruins in Willowvale

Next stop was in Allora for lunch. We were going to have lunch at the pub in town, but they seemed to have an event on, and their prices were a bit ridiculous. I’d read good thing about a cafe just up the street from the pub so we headed there instead. My friend’s hubby and I both had a fantastic hamburger with the lot – so delicious! My friend had fish and chips for $8, as compared to the $18 they wanted for the same thing at the pub. She enjoyed it too, so that was well worth it! You can read my review here.

After our leisurely lunch, we headed off to see the next sunflower field, which again didn’t exist. However the next one had these tiny little sunflowers – I don’t know if they’re just not finished growing yet or some sort of dwarf species:

Sunflowers in Spring Creek

On the other side of the road from this was another of the many Sorghum fields and since they were also pretty, we decided to photograph them, too:

Sorghum in Spring Creek
Sorghum in Spring Creek

We then headed homeward, but stopped at this sunflower field that was on the side of the highway and caught many eyes. There were cars parked everywhere on both sides of the road and people had pushed down the fence and were walking in the field to take photos. Poor farmer! I photographed from near the edge of the field, though 🙂

Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora
Sunflowers in Allora

My friend didn’t bother with this field, more interested in the crashed car on the side of the road and the little old shed there.

Then we headed home back the way we’d come. My friend and her husband had never been to Moogerah dam and the time I was there a year or so ago, it was drizzling, so we made a little detour and wandered around the park and onto the dam. The Poinciana trees were in bloom, so lovely red flowers were in abundance. It was getting late, too, so there was a bit of sunset light going on:

Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula
Lake Moogerah, near Aratula

On the way, we passed by the new(-ish) Wyaralong dam. There was that beautiful golden light on the dead trees in the lake, so I pulled over and photographed that, too.

Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, Wyaralong
Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, Wyaralong
Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, Wyaralong
Wyaralong Dam, Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, Wyaralong

Then no more stops til I dropped my friends off and then drove home.

Larger sized and various other pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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