Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sun seekers

The French have some wonderfully descriptive words for things, like tournesol meaning sunflower, which literally translates along the lines of 'turn to the sun'. And early on that's exactly what they appear to do: slowly tracking each step of the sun through the day, from east to west.

There are fields of these lucrative beauties near where we're staying; huge cheerful, yellow fields, stretching into the distance, full of countless, seemingly obedient sun worshippers, following as one.

Until the sunflowers mature that is, and their beauty and energy begin to fade. Then they stop seeking the sun; instead staring east, waiting only for the sunrise, before bowing their heavy heads.



12 comments:

  1. Lovely photo's Tracey, hope you're having a wonderful time.

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    1. wonderful, and shoulder on the mend too. Thanks Fiona :)

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  2. Hey Tracey!
    Where in France are you all? If you are near Roanne, come & say hi on our boat - we always need more crew!

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    1. Hi there Alison! Just looked it up, sadly not so close - we're towards Bordeaux. Great to hear from you x

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  3. Wow. Amazing field of sunflowers. We grew a sunflower this year... and it's fully flowered and just gorgeous BUT has now entered 'the just turning east phase'. Love the French word tournesol. X.

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    1. great isn't it! Definitely going to grow some next year x

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  4. And then they produce lots of seeds for hungry birds (and humans). Lovely shot.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn, sunflowers are a very popular crop around here - we'll miss the harvest this year, seen it once and it was pretty amazing, and not just the seeds that are gathered up, but the stalks too.

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  5. Love sunflowers - and when you buy cut ones, they last for ages - really good value. I had some given to me about three weeks ago, and I only chucked them out a couple of days ago! HOpe you're having a fab time x

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    1. they do last a good while, picked a few smaller ones and they've been in a jug on the table for ages x

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  6. They are so beautiful... Love your pictures... :)

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