For the umpteenth year, the Grinter sunflower fields have proven to be an irresistible photo op.
"People have been stopping by, taking family pictures, just like normal," said Ted Grinter, who has grown sunflowers for about 20 years.
The 37-year-old farmer harvests the seeds to sell for bird seed. But almost as rewarding is the public appreciation of the view when the five-acre field along U.S. Highway 24-40 is in bloom. The site is located about five miles southwest of Tonganoxie. Another field, located in the 24000 block of Stillwell Road, is just beginning to bloom.
Among the recent visitors was Ashley Hicklin, pictured. Three years ago, she was pictured in The Mirror as she checked out sunflowers at a field then located north of First State Bank and Trust.
Ashley, who began kindergarten last week at Basehor-Linwood Elementary School, is the daughter of Jennifer and Jason Hicklin, Basehor.