The Flower Fields

posted by Sharon April 28, 2015 20 Comments
Carlsbad Flower fields

On a hill above the Pacific Ocean, acres of cheerful ranunculus flowers wave in the sea breeze each spring. Starting with red and yellow blooms, the original owner of the fields cultivated a variety of colors grown today.

For a few months, visitors can wander the hillside and enjoy the 50 acres of flowers. The day I visited, all ages were captivated by the beauty.

The reds, purples, and pinks caught my eye. These are known as the “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus.” So some of the flowers are larger than you expect.

This year the crop is smaller than usual, due to unseasonal winter heat. We had days in the 90s in January, withering some of the baby plants. How fragile flowers are. Still, acres of beauty decorate the fields.

And when they appear for such a short time, we want to take it all in and remember when the fields lie fallow. Even one single bloom is so intricate and full of wonder.

Isn’t that the way with so many good things in life? We want to remember to savor all the joy no matter how short its season.

How about you? What flowers are blooming this season where you live?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The photo of the antique tractor is edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset Still.

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20 Comments

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Buckeroomama April 28, 2015 at 3:42 am

So pretty! I love to see flowers in abundance.

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elizabethfstewart April 28, 2015 at 5:05 am

Oh my goodness! I would so love to visit this place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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Earl April 28, 2015 at 5:29 am

Beautful. I especially like the one with the palm trees almost silhouetted against the blue sky. Wonderful. I haven’t lived in So. California since 1960. Those fields were not there at that time . . . at least I didn’t know about them if they were. Great series of photos.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 28, 2015 at 9:13 am

Wow! So so pretty!

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FlowerLady Lorraine April 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

Beautiful photos of a lovely flower that I can’t grow in my gardens. Thank you for sharing your jaunt to these gardens.

FlowerLady

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Peabea April 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Especially love the mauve/lavender one. Such a beautiful place to feast the eyes upon. Thanks for sharing.

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hrt2art@yahoo.com April 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Lovely images. I’m in heaven when I go here – the beautiful ranunculi in huge masses.

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Dotti April 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

What an amazing place! I’d love to go there. It seems the weather has wreaked its havoc everywhere. Thanks for the tour!

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Beyond the Dog Dish April 29, 2015 at 6:12 am

Just breathtakingly stunning.

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a spirit of simplicity April 29, 2015 at 9:32 am

oh how lovely. We have daffodils blooming here and the dogwoods are also in blossom. Our winter was far from unseasonably warm….we broke all kinds of records for snowfall!

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Barbara April 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

What a beautiful place!

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Stephanie April 29, 2015 at 11:11 am

Great images and no doubt fantastic to experience first hand, but my favourite capture is the one of the toddler leaning in for a closer look/smell! fab! #LTTL

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Viv Halliwell April 29, 2015 at 12:13 pm

The fields are stunning, rather like the tulip fields in The Netherlands. I love the different shades…

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carolina April 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm

so so beautiful!!!!

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Amy April 29, 2015 at 7:29 pm

soooo pretty – one of my favourite flowers 🙂

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image-in-ing April 30, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply
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christa May 1, 2015 at 1:54 am

I think these are among the most beautiful flowers. I would love to visit that flower farm.

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Laila May 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Such a wonderful place! ♥
Love all the flowers and colours

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Lisa @ SLP May 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

I am telling you, this place is a dreamy place. Oh I’d love to visit and spend all day capturing flowers. Your fist shot… wowza!

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prairiejill May 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

Beautiful series of images, but my favourite is definitely the first! Oh, my!

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