Things to Do

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.

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