When you know it is summer in Moldova…

It’s summer in Moldova, which also means SUNFLOWER SEASON! I had the opportunity recently to visit my host family’s home in the village where the sunflowers fields are plentiful.

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All the yellow parts that you see here in this image are fields of sunflowers.

Sunflowers are a major crop in Moldova and are grown for their seeds and the oil they produce. My host family grows sunflowers so they can have sunflower oil to use for cooking.

My host family also has honey bees at their village home and they love the sunflowers. They were working very hard that day that I visited to collect the pollen from the flowers.
My host family also has honey bees at their village home and the bees love the sunflowers. They were working very hard that day that to collect the pollen from the flowers.

This year since there hasn’t been much rain, the sunflowers are not as tall as they were last year. My host dad told me that usually when there is more rain the flowers can grow taller than most people. This year, with the little amount of rain we’ve had in Moldova they are averaging around shoulder height.

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I visited a week later and the sunflowers had changed a lot over that one week time. They're a bit sad since there hasn't been any rain for many weeks.
I visited a week later and the sunflowers had changed a lot over that one week time. They’re now a bit sad since there hasn’t been any rain for many weeks.

Enjoy the photos and the video below to give you an idea of the vast amounts and beauty that surrounds Moldova when the sunflowers are in bloom. If you love sunflowers, this is the best time of year to visit Moldova.

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DSC_0247 DSC_0459 DSC_0480I did a 360 turn in the field for you to get an idea of the magnitude of the sunflowers that surround my host family village home. This also gives you an idea of what it is like as you travel through Moldova in the summer when the sunflowers are in bloom… incredible.

 

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