Some of the most stunning and vivid sunsets I have seen in real life or in print have come from California. As far as fall colors, our trees change with the seasons as well and some are quite colorful, although they can’t compare to the bright red, oranges, and yellows of the trees on the east coast and, in particular New England.
In spring, California comes alive with a multitude of every color flower imaginable. The old saying, “April Showers Bring May Flowers” was the standard for California. However, in recent years, we are just hoping for rain. Still, the flowers bloom like clockwork in late March and continue through summer.
In the North County of San Diego, the Tecolote Ranunculus are grown annually on 50 acres of hillside property in Carlsbad, California just off of the coast and close to Interstate 5.
At the flower fields visitor center you will find a special nursery garden, a gift shop, an art display, and much more. There are also various events and festivals that can be found on their website:
If you want to get up close, you can walk among the fields, take a open air tractor ride, or view them from the street just above the fields. We have parked along this road many times as it offers a panoramic view of the fields as well as the coastline.
As a first timer you need to dust off your camera and take a walk amongst the beautiful flowers to get a close hand look and, hopefully, snap a decent pic. The kids will love the wagon ride and the festivals and events cater to every age group.
Ticket prices are $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, and children under 2 are free. Wagon rides are $5.00 for adults and, $3.00 for children 3-10.
As a resident in that area for many years, it is always a welcoming sight to see the first blooms and knowing that soon the hills will be blazing from top to bottom with bright flora. It also means spring has arrived and that summer is right around the corner.
There is limited time left and the flowers won’t be there forever so be sure and check out the Carlsbad Flower Fields.
Giving us an awesome perspective of the flowers and the color, we were thrilled to have as our guest photographer, Sherri Sarro who took all of the flower shots.