Shining for the stars- bright field of sunflowers photographed!
These sunflowers are shining brightly for the stars!
Photographer Ryan Heffron captured the field of flowers lined up under the Milky Way on Grinter Farms, near Lawrence, Kansas.
Having seen photographs of the sunflowers during the day, he calculated months in advance when the sunflowers and Milky Way would be perfectly aligned, and pounced on a three-day window of good weather to take the snaps.
Ryan, 32, from Kansas City, said: “I have known about these sunflower fields for several years, but seeing as the flowers only bloom for about two weeks, between work and travel I have never had the opportunity to go and photograph them.
“After the birth of our first child at the beginning of the year, my wife and I decided I would go the stay-at-home dad route, so I figured this was the year I would finally have my chance to shoot the sunflower fields.
“I had never seen them photographed at night, and I immediately imagined a vast field of flowers shining under the Milky Way.
“In the weeks leading up to the shot, I closely monitored the farm’s Facebook page to get updated on the progress of the flowers
“Once I realized the flowers would be blooming at the perfect time, I started keeping a close eye on the weather forecast desperately hoping for clear, calm nights.
“I arrived at the fields about an hour before sunset so I could finally get a view of the landscape in person, and to snag a few sunset shots as well while I was there.
“After grabbing a few sunset pics and determining where to position myself for the shot, I just had to sit back and wait for the sky to darken and the Milky Way to move into position.
“Once it was fully dark, around 10:30, I put on my head lamp and made my way out into the fields.
“This was one of the few times I was able to exactly recreate the vision I had in my mind, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”