If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there..."
When Loren Eiseley, the famous naturalist, was alive no one looked at him as a mystic but he was indeed mystical.
His famous short story 'The Star Thrower' can be read here - The Metta Refuge. Highly recommended to all fellow travelers!