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Frolic Through This Virginia Sunflower Field Before the Summer Ends

Photograph by Fionnghuala Mauritzen.

Hidden in a sea of giant sunflowers at Burnside Farms in Haymarket, photographer Jeff Mauritzen takes a picture of his six-year-old daughter, Alana, as she snaps one of him. Mauritzen is six feet tall, but the stalks still stand a few feet above him. He and his wife have brought their daughter on a trip to Burnside’s Summer of Sunflowers festival, which includes two sunflower mazes—the only ones of their kind in Virginia—as well as a patch where you can cut your own (unfortunately, the sunflower mazes are cancelled this year due to crop failure). This year, 30-plus varieties of the flower have been sown across eight acres for the festival. At least until September, the farm will be covered in golden blooms.

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Former editorial fellow Kayla Randall is City Lights editor at Washington City Paper.