A Saturday drive with my family to the beautiful flower fields in Carlsbad where a rainbow of ranunculus happily gleamed at us.
When one thinks of spring, one immediately creates an imagery of colorful flowers in full bloom. Yes, there’s the mild temperature and oh so blue skies (at least here in Southern California) but what comes to mind are flowers. Spring equates flowers.
Expand that imagery to a sea or a field of flowers. And how beautiful it would be if that imagery becomes real? Thus, that’s what happened on the first Saturday of May this year. I went with my mom, my brother, his wife, his wife’s mom and their daughter, my niece, Ava. It took us an hour drive to get to the flower fields of Carlsbad which is a city in the county of San Diego here in California.
It’s very easy to spot the flower fields because they are very close to the I-5 freeway exit/entrance and next to the Carlsbad fashion outlet. There are even signs along the freeway on what exit to take so even without a step by step direction from Mapquest or a GPS, I doubt it if one will get lost going to the fields.
The flower fields are mainly 50-acre fields of ranunculus flowers in an array of colors. I remember seeing orange, yellow, red, mauve, white and orange. My niece Ava couldn’t control herself from sneaking a couple of blooms, pinching and caressing the tissue-like petals. She loved them and most of the time her eyes were intently focused on the lovely ranunculus blooms.
We walked the fields for an hour, smiled back at the blooms, waved at the people in the wagon rides, ate kettlecorn and took pictures. I brought my Diana Mini loaded with an expired Fuji Superia Reala 100 film and set on half-frame.
I just realized that as I’m writing this lomolocation, the flower fields are now closed to the public. Sorry about that. They are open from March to early May each year, seven days a week from 9 to 6 pm. They have activities for kids such as the wagon ride tours and a sweet pea maze. For adults, aside from observing the flowers one can also join the group tours and join events such as a photography workshop.
If you find yourself in Southern California during the spring season (or March, April and May), I highly recommend adding the Carlsbad flower fields to your itinerary. You’ll be filled with joy. I’m sure of it.
Check out the website at www.theflowerfields.com