Tim Rudisille posted three photographs from his field trip to a patch of sunflowers down in Knox, Pennsylvania last week. The three colorful images, including this one of an old yellow truck parked along the edge of the field, has caught the eyes of people hunting for positivity and beauty on the world wide web. As of Sunday over 50,000 folks had liked, loved or simply thought WOW about this set of images.
Oddly there were a few who chose the laugh emoji and perhaps even odder, a few people expressed sadness or anger in their icon choice.
Rudisille chalks it up to the fumbling nature of people on their cell phones just accidentally clicking the wrong emoji, but there in his analytics are two angry faces. It must be a mistake, who would get pissed off at sunflowers, he thought.
Rudisille said the reaction has been completely organic, a term used in social media for a post's reach done without advertising or "boosting" the post. It is the equivalent to word of mouth - one person shares it and two more people see it and they share it and on and on it goes. But seldom does it spread like this.
"I didn't really think I got anything to spectacular, still think I could have done better. I'm really amazed at the numbers, I've had a few [posts] go over 200,000 views but nothing like this. It was like a freight train picking up speed," he said.
"I am speechless," he said about the the number of shares and responses. "I've thought about what I was going to say all day, now I have no words. That is a lot of people," Rudisille wrote Saturday on his Facebook page.
Being shared nearly 7,000 times has generated a lot of exposure and interaction for Rudisille who already has a pretty substantial following with over 10,000 followers since beginning his photography page eight years ago. But it was also quite a boost for the location where he took the photos.
"You have also inspired alot of people (my friends) to go to this place. I think it's beautiful," one person commented on Rudisille's post.
Another person wrote "Very deserving - Bright light in dark world!"
"Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing the beauty! My sister and brother in law wanted to share the beauty they see daily and decided to plant sunflowers for the community to enjoy. Your pictures and followers helped to make their dream a reality. They never expected the turn outs they have had and they have been brought to “happy” tears daily with the gratitude from everyone who comes to take in the beauty!" one person commented Saturday.
The creator's of spectacle known as Sunny B's Farm said they were overwhelmed with the response they have received from the field they planned back in the spring. Brigette and Jeff Bridges had put their yellow 1949 International Harvestor truck in front of the field as a prop for photos. This seemed to be a big hit as social media became flooded with people posing with the truck and sea of flowers. Since the blooms began popping thousands of photographs have been taken at the property by several dozens of visitors.
They asked that folks not damage the truck or go inside the cab but were happy to let them pose in the bed of the truck. They also allowed people to cut flowers at a small fee, but asked that they only cut from the back of the field so it wouldn't ruin anyone's photos. The community seems very appreciative that this couple planned out this four and a half acre sunflower field to add a little beauty to the world.
They have shut down the field for the season after a very busy Labor Day weekend. But not until after a least one set of photographs had made their way outside of the community to the far reaches of the globe via Rudisille's post.
"Thank you EVERYONE who liked, commented, or shared this post," Rudisille wrote.
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