Bulgaria: Adorable Helianthus Shot on Nuclear Waste Dump

Who or what is tall, yellow, handsome, alluring, seductive? The answer: Sunflowers around the Bulgarian village of Novi Han, where the helianthus population is a lot highter that of human residents. The latter were a total of 2,659 last time they were counted.

Our reporter Imanuel Marcus had seen sexy sunflowers from the train. Now he went to that area by car, in order to shoot them. Little did he know he was heading for a nuclear waste site. Poor flowers.

Wow! Those clouds made all the difference. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

As it turns out, that nuclear waste facility was dug by Bulgaria’s communist regime in 1964. This is where they dumped radioactive material from an experimental nuclear reactor. That is obviously why those sunflowers are as big as satellite dishes.

Had the author known what he was walking around on, he would have stayed at his desk, staring at the screen. Still, radioactive or not, those sunflowers looked fabulous. Awesome. Too beautiful to be real.

Note to self: Next time, don’t shoot towards the sun. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

He approached them, one by one and in groups, and shot them without blinking an eye. Now he is saving for a Geiger counter.

So, what are Bulgarian farmers growing sunflowers for? Probably for sunflower seeds, sunflower oil and sunflower photos. We like all of those. Helianthus = nice! There are around 70 kinds of them. They are actually an import from North America.

They look nice in Virginia, but also in Pobit Kamak and Novi Han. They look nice. Amen.

Bulgarian sunflowers look breathtaking. This one was shot close to Novi Han. Photo: Imanuel Marcus
Stop staring at me. Photo: Imanuel Marcus
Sunflowers, sunflowers and sunflowers. Photo: Imanuel Marcus


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