We had just left Nuremberg, Germany after disembarking from a river cruise from Budapest along the Danube. Driving onward to our destination in Switzerland, we came across these acres of Sunflowers. What a beautiful sight it was, so large and colourful. Sunflowers originated in the Americas, the seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. Leaves of the sunflower can be used as cattle feed, while the stems contain a fibre which may be used in paper production.
Photo by Tom Bochsler