Sunflower Fields, Forever

Sunflower Field and Rock Wall

Sunflower Field © 2011 Bo Mackison

Located five miles west of Madison, Pope Farms Park was farmland deeded to the city of Middleton in 1999 for a historical park and prairie restoration. A stone wall, dating from the early 1900s, separates a picnic area and the prairie from a huge sunflower field.

The park, in western Dane County, is on the eastern fringes of the Driftless Area, a large geological area.

Much of the Driftless Region is in southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. The term “driftless” refers to the land which escaped the “drifting” of the last glacier — the Wisconsin Glacier — about 100,000 years ago. Deep valleys and high ridges are predominant, and there is no drift, or debris, which the retreating glacier deposited in other regions of Wisconsin.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She spent several hours wandering in the sunflower field. More sunflower photography is coming!

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Wow, what a pretty sight! I’ve never ween a sunflower field like that but have always wondered. We buy sunflower seeds for the birds in 40-lb bags and I know it takes a lot of plants to provide all of those seeds.

  2. a good old sunflower always brings a smile to me

  3. A beautifully composed landscape.

  4. There is nothing that compares to a field of sunflowers..with their faces all turned towards the sun. Fantastic scene and image!!!

  5. Sunflower Fields Forever!!! Every day you post a new photo that makes me think THAT is my favorite, but I think this really is my favorite. I want it. I want to go there. Sunflowers!!! That rock wall! The gentle waves of hills, fields and flowers and that drop-dead gorgeous sky. Sigh……Incredible, Bo!

  6. Beautifully composed landscape. Were you listening to The Beatles when you composed the photo?

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