Sunflowers at Whitstone

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Comments (3)

deborahdiogo on September 18, 2008


Francis Vallance on February 12, 2009

Well done Bruce

Bruce Comfort on August 11, 2011

Fields of Sunflowers appear around North Otago every year - each year different places are planted to reduce the risk of soil borne disease. Whenever paddocks near the main highways are selected, tourist vehicles in their dozens stop to take photos like this (or better)

No-one stops to take photos after the flower heads have matured and the seeds are ripe, because then they spray the plants with defoliant to make harvesting easy. I call them the killing fields.

All the seed (and were talking thousands of tons annually) is grown by and utilised by TopFlight Seeds

And it all goes into commercial budgie and bird seed mixes for pet birds. Before you crack up laughing, consider that the company is a large and respected one that has a long history in North Otago and which employs a lot of capital and many employees and owns huge tracts of land for their operation.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 15, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bruce Comfort
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. FE230/X790
    • Taken on 2008/02/06 16:08:09
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 18.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash