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Buttonwood Farm Sunflowers for Wishes

Meetup time has changed! (Thanks Matt A.)

The sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm are expected to be in bloom July 20-28 this year   (  You can visit Buttonwood any of those days between 10 am and dusk on your own, or photoshoot with the Mid-CT Photography group on July 21.  Show up around 8 am for soft morning light, or in the late afternoon for evening light, or do both.  If 8 am is too early, show up a little later in the morning to find us already in the fields.

For anyone considering doing both a morning and evening shoot, I will come up with a list of other areas to shoot and restaurants to chase away hungry grumbles.  Suggestions are welcome. Please add to the conversation below.

In case of rain, I will reschedule for the following Sunday.

When RSVP'ing, please note the time(s) when you think you may be showing up.



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  • Bruce

    We got there a bit late but still had time to grab a bunch of good shots, will be going back the following Saturday to take more pics and hopefully the Sunflowers will be a bit more fuller.

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Dot

    Yes, a bit early for the usual wash of gold across the fields, especially the lower field as it was just budded. But still lots of opportunities for good photos, and the ice cream stand was open by 10 am!

    July 21, 2013

  • Dot

    Buttonwood has posted a message, on their Facebook page, that blooms are delayed due to extreme weather conditions. I'm sure there are still plenty open for macro, individual bloom shots, but be aware that we may not get the usual sweeping field shots. We'll see...

    1 · July 20, 2013

    • Kathy W.

      Thanks for the update Dot. This will be a good opportunity for us to practice making the most of a less than ideal situation. If anyone would like to go next weekend, then post those photos, that would fine. For me, next weekend doesn't work.

      1 · July 20, 2013

    • Dot

      I can't go next weekend, too...and I'm looking forward to cooler temps (I hope) tomorrow morning. Who knows what next week will bring?!? ;)

      July 20, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    For anyone interested in grabbing a bite to eat after the meetup, I found a restaurant in nearby Norwich (only 12 miles, 20 minutes away). Olde Tymes Restaurant serves breakfast until 2 pm, and lunches are served beginning 11:30 am. They have an extensive menu, reasonable prices, and have good reviews on I plan to go there after the Meetup, if anyone would like to join me. Here's a link to their website:

    July 18, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    Since I changed the start time for this meetup, I will be there at 8 am, or sooner to avoid the crowds.

    July 10, 2013

  • Dot

    I am already attending via the Shutterbuds group, but will look for all of you there. I'll be there around 7 am, though...early morning is best for shooting as you beat the overwhelming crowds of people!

    July 8, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    I will be there at 10 am and eat lunch in the area, if anyone is interested in joining me. Also I may be there in the evening if there is any interest.

    July 8, 2013

  • Charles D.

    As long it is on a Sunday I will be able to attend.

    June 23, 2013

  • Vicki M.

    Buttonwood is having their event between the 20th and 28th of July. Is anyone interested in doing an evening shoot out there?? the 20th and 21st is the Deep River Muster, you'll know where I'll be!!! If there is any interest let me know and I'll pick the date.

    June 15, 2013

  • Bruce

    Hope to attend if date does not conflict with anything else we may have to do that day.

    June 12, 2013

  • Bruce

    We were there on 7/21/12 and at that time the Sunflowers were out in all there glory in the main field but in the lower fields across the road they were a little bit behind in blooming, maybe they were planted at a later date in those field.

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A quick note: the last time I shot the sunflowers there was on 7/21/2007. The flowers were at their peak that day.

    June 2, 2013

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