Friday, July 8, 2011

Sunflower extravaganza

Davis may be a university town, but its agricultural heritage is everywhere (even in the name of the UC Davis football team, the Aggies). It is surrounded by fields, not just rice to the north and east, but also tomatoes and sunflowers. In fact, Monet would be in heaven right now.

Before starting work this morning, I grabbed my camera and took some photos in two of the ginormous sunflower fields in bloom right now. I’m not a farmer and I don’t really know whether these sunflowers are grown for seed or oil (or both), but they sure are huge—some of the heads are a foot across.

The bees must think they’re in heaven, too. In fact, I saw bee boxes everywhere so there must be dozens upon dozens of hives. The next time I’m at the farmer’s market, I’ll look for local sunflower honey.

If you don’t like the color yellow, this post may not be for you. But if you do, I hope these photos will put a smile on your lips.

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2 comments:

  1. Did you say they are 2 feet across? Wow!

    Seeing Kansas sunflower fields in bloom years ago was amazing.

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  2. Alan, I can't believe I said two feet. I must have been drunk on sunflower pollen. One foot is more like it. I corrected it above.

    The tallest ones were 7 ft tall. You can grow taller ones at home, but seeing fields of 7 ft sunflowers is pretty impressive.

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