Sunflowers of Lopburi

Every year from November to February Thailand has a Sunflower festival of sorts. All the way from Mae Hong Son in the north to south of Bangkok these big headed beauties raise their heads. Off the tourist trail near Lopburi, not far from Bangkok, is the most most famous area for Helianthus annuus. Since Sunflowers can grow in dry conditions farmers often plant their fields with them instead of corn. Sunflowers of Lopburi-0375It is believed that Sunflowers were first domesticated in what is now the Southeastern US, roughly 5000 years ago, there is now evidence that it may have been first domesticated in Mexico as far back as 2600 BC.One thing for sure, they aren’t just in Kansas anymore. Sunflowers near Wat Phra Wankhiri, Thailand

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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