Seeds Are Forming

@fishtiger58 (30270)
Momence, Illinois
January 3, 2016 10:04am CST
My father is from North Dakota, and apparently sunflowers are grown in abundance there. My whole life my dad could put a handful of sunflower seeds in his mouth and spit out the shells like a machine. I have never been able to conquer that particular skill, but not for the lack of trying. We had a contest once when I was a teenager. He had 30 seeds and I had 10. We counted them. He still beat me lol. My mom sat there in total disgust while my dad and I spit shells all over the kitchen table. All in good fun. A friend of mine here in town grew this sunflower. I had to take a macro of the seeds forming. Can you see the seeds? Enlarge the shot you will.
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@TRBRocks420 (94618)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Jan 16
lol that's funny, my Dad was always pretty good at that too, my Mom also used to grow giant sun flowers, only thing I hated was the bees.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
I don't like the bees either but we have to have them.
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@PainsOnSlate (21487)
• Canada
3 Jan 16
Thanks for the laugh. I can just picture the look on your mother's face. Mine would probably be trying to win the contest. Love the photo. I need to go write a story about a photo I took.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
You are more than welcome Marilyn, I will be looking for that post.
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• United States
3 Jan 16
I would probably choke if I tried doing that.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
I almost did lol. It is a good memory.
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@boiboing (13210)
• Northampton, England
3 Jan 16
Sounds like a school friend of mine. She and her brother stuffed their mouths with cherries then stoned them in their mouths, ate the fruit and then has a stone spitting competition.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
I bet that was funny to see. It's a great memory I have of my dad.
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@BelleStarr (42419)
• United States
3 Jan 16
Wow that shot is amazing when it is enlarged. I love sunflower seeds myself but buy them shelled lol I can see the humor in the shell spitting however. I have been in burping contests myself!!
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
Ah burping used to be big business when my sons were young. Thanks for the kind words about my pic.
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@TheHorse (81740)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Jan 16
Oh, yeah, I can see them. I like growing sunflowers here in CA. We had some good ones in Oakland. The ground squirrels got them out here in Concord.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
The squirrels are pretty good at getting just what they want.
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@LadyDuck (208429)
• Switzerland
3 Jan 16
About the contest, I understand your Mom disgust, the photo is beautiful, I have enlarged it and I can see the little seeds that are forming.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
She ended up laughing with us, she got over it. I cleaned it up. Thanks
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@marlina (83421)
• Canada
4 Jan 16
Love that beautiful photo.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
Thanks I'm so glad you like it.
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@DianneN (109666)
• United States
3 Jan 16
I can see them and love sunflower seeds. When my boys played baseball, my husband was a coach. OMG with the sunflower seeds!!!! Disgusting. Lol! Now I buy them shelled and sprinkle them on salads.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
I like them shelled as well. But the ones with shells really do taste better than the shelled ones.
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@bobo2500 (153)
• Howell, Michigan
3 Jan 16
I love sunflower seeds. They're great to munch on while doing yard work or outdoor construction jobs. I grew and roasted my own seeds last year, this year I'll be growing many, many more!
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Jan 16
They came out good aye Ryan? I think we have only grown one, one time. Not sure why we haven't again.
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@gudheart (12729)
4 Jan 16
That is a lot of sunflowers. They are pretty and do seem to brighten up the day with the yellow colour :D
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
This is actually part of one plant, I will show you the whole thing here with my comment. The shot at the top is a macro of just part of one sunflower.
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@gudheart (12729)
4 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 Ohh yea, that is pretty amazing :D
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
@gudheart thanks I do love the macro photos. they are usually pretty amazing.
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@DaddyEvil (26835)
• Aurora, Missouri
5 Jan 16
LOL! That is a lovely close-up of the sunflower! You can see each individual flower as a flower instead of just a little color in the whole thing! We always grew sunflowers in our garden. (I live and grew up in Southern Missouri.) I could/can eat sunflower seeds like your dad!LOL!) Mom hated walking around outside and then seeing she had traipsed sunflower shells back into the house from where I spit the shells out into the yard!
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
Sounds like our yard. That's ok good fertilizer for the lawn.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
@DaddyEvil It was outside, that was his domain, I suppose he could have spit them all over the table all the time. Often he would spit the shells in his ashtray when he was inside. I just think that was part of my dad, and my mom accepted it. He was a good husband and father. He didn't drink. He went to work every day. There are certainly much worse things in life, it made my dad happy, he had to have those sunflower seeds. So really I think it was no big deal to my mom. If she had to clean up a few shells she just did. I don't think I ever heard her complain about it. And on the day in question I think she just showed her disgust as part of the fun of it all. You know how that is.
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@DaddyEvil (26835)
• Aurora, Missouri
7 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 Yes, understand.
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• United States
4 Jan 16
I grew sunflowers one time, but the birds got a hold of the seeds before we could harvest them. I love sunflower seeds, but not the shell, so I buy my seeds already shelled.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
Actually the flavor of sunflower seeds in the shell are better than the shelled ones. I'm not sure why but that's always been my impression. And because of my dad I have always eaten sunflower seeds.
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• United States
4 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I have had both, there might be a different taste, but I still prefer the ones that are shelled. lol
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
@Carmelanirel2 I can only eat so many seeds with the shells the salt gets to my tongue after a while.
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@Dragonairy1 (1412)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
4 Jan 16
That's a lovely photo, I've never really eaten sunflower seeds.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
they are so good and healthy as well.
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• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
4 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I'll have to give them a go, i need to eat more healthily.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
@Dragonairy1 you should most people like the shelled seeds, but I prefer the ones with the shells they taste better but they are hard to deal with.
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@just4him (144808)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Jan 16
Awesome. I enjoy sunflower seeds.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
I love them too, the shelled ones are good but there is more flavor in the ones with the shell I think.
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@just4him (144808)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 I used to eat them all the time when I was in grade school. There was a little store across the street from the school, in fact I think that's what the store was called. It had all kinds of school supplies and snacks. I always got the sunflower seeds.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
@just4him We always had bags and bags of sunflower seeds at home. My mom didn't dare run out lol.
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• United States
6 Jan 16
Wow! Sunflowers are also very common in southern Florida, although my father used to have sunflowers around where he was, in Michigan.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
6 Jan 16
I think they grow over a good part of the US
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@paigea (23492)
• Canada
4 Jan 16
That is a great photo. Now why couldn't you and your dad have spit the seeds while you were outside at least!
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Jan 16
It was winter lol.
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@Elizaby (4685)
• Pensacola, Florida
4 Jan 16
Not a big fan especially if they are in the shell
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
you can get them shelled but I prefer the ones with the shells, they taste better.
@jstory07 (76399)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Jan 16
My mom used to grew big sunflowers and take the seeds out for the birds.
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@fishtiger58 (30270)
• Momence, Illinois
4 Jan 16
We grew one once but haven't since. Not sure why not.