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Israel's most beautiful agricultural crop


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Sunflower field and balloonsSunflower field and balloonsPhoto: israeltourism / Flickr
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Sunflower fields forever

Reaching up to soak up the sunlight, hundreds of sunflowers appear to gaze into the sky — almost like a captivated audience watching the hot air balloons above — in this amazing capture by photographer Itamar Grinberg.

Like so many other field crops (cotton, wheat, peanuts, and chickpeas to name a few), sunflowers have found a place to thrive in the sunny climate of northern Israel. Crops have been developed specifically to produce large seeds that easily shed their shells. Besides being a popular snack among Israelis, the sunflowers' blooming fields turn the landscape of Galilee positively golden during the summer. And what better way to observe them than from 1,000 feet up in the air? 

Hot air balloon tours in Galilee range from 45 to 90 minutes in length, and they're not just unique to northern Israel. Tours are offered in the Negev desert, as well, where visitors can observe the seemingly boundless rocky wilderness.

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