With the end of summer slowly approaching, North Dakota goes through its annual sunflower peak with thousands of acres of blooms ready for all of your nature-loving, picture-taking needs.
Yes, the kids are already back in school and our internet feed is already giving us Halloween reminders and deals. We've witnessed a pretty scorching summer full of incidents on the socio-political level. The change in seasons always gives one an opportunity to reconnect with nature and reflect on the months that have just passed, thereby enabling us to look forward to then near future with better clarity and hope.
If you're in or near the North Dakota region, you don't want to miss out on this amazing chance to witness the bright fields of sunflowers that are just reaching their peak. Take your family and friends along as they're a perfect place for those don't want to let go of the summer sunshine.
🎶 Here comes the sun 🎶— Travel North Dakota (@NorthDakota) August 8, 2019
It's that beautiful time of year where North Dakota is covered in sunflowers. Find your own bit of sunshine on our ND Sunflower Map! 🌻#BeNDLegendary #northdakota https://t.co/6IbVILIX0l pic.twitter.com/ihmCZ7TJ2P
CNN reported that the North Dakota Department of tourism has affirmed that August is high season for sunflowers in the state, and there are thousands of acres of blooms ready for all of your nature-loving, picture-taking needs. "North Dakota actually ranks in the top-two for sunflower production year-over-year, so travelers are venturing to the state to take in the picturesque view," North Dakota Tourism said.
Sunflowers come in a number of varieties—ranging from small to very large, from having yellow petals to red. However, there is more to sunflowers than meets the eye. While they are stunningly beautiful, they also are rich in history and meaning. Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity.
According to CNN, Sunflower tourism is big business for farms and parks across the country for the simple reason that these trendy and bright flowers make the perfect backdrop for everyone's most valuable social media posts. People love taking photos of their birthdays, post-wedding snaps, engagement announcements and family reunions next to a wide field of glowing sunflowers.
The National Sunflower Association is working with the North Dakota Tourism Division on a map that will show places across the state where the flowers are in full bloom. https://t.co/Zi42kmx6ks— KFYR-TV (@KFYRTV) August 14, 2019
Travel and Leisure magazine said that in North Dakota, it’s not just a field or a state park here and there bursting into bloom: sunflowers pop up all over the state, from Bismarck to Lakota. The National Sunflower Association reports that 480,000 acres across North Dakota were set for sunflower planting in 2019, so there should be ample opportunity to find a field for yourself.
“As one of the top producers of sunflowers, North Dakota offers some of the largest and most scenic sunflower fields in the United States,” said Sara Otte Coleman, Director of the North Dakota Tourism Division, in a statement. “While the stunning outbreak of flowers throughout the state is similar to the California super bloom,” said Coleman, “North Dakota’s sunflower bloom is more predictable in the sense that it typically occurs around the same time each year: early to mid-August.”
In some areas, sunflower fields set the stage for dove hunting season, so the recent boost in people seeking an afternoon among the flowers is just an added bonus to an already established activity. Some kinds of sunflowers are grown for food, seeds, and oil. A sunflower head can produce up to 1,000 seeds. Sunflowers are unique for their ability to turn their faces toward the sun as they track it across the sky -- an activity known as heliotropism or solar tracking. Special motor cells at the bases of the flower buds shrink or enlarge as they absorb water, which moves their faces toward the sun.