The Carlsbad Flower Fields – located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte – have been around for more than 85 years. Blooms first appeared in the early 1920s when Luther Gage, an early settler to the area, brought Ranunculus seeds and planted them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. Since those humble beginnings in Gage’s few flower beds, the fields have sprouted into a huge attraction in San Diego’s North County, serving about 125,000 visitors each year. The Flower Fields are located near the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, another popular destination in the area. [California Poppies] The best time to view the flowers in all of their gorgeous glory is usually mid-March through mid-April, but those dates can change, depending on the weather. [Bed of Ranunculus] This is my second time here in the flower fields. Loved the experience both times. I recommend riding the wagon ride to see the whole field then walk around & look at the flowers up close & take pictures. My favorite part of the field …
Attention all gardeners, plant, and flora lovers… this is a wonderful and photogenic place to while away an afternoon. We arrived late in the afternoon, 2 hours before closing and spent the hours here walking and photographing the lovely flowers and landscapes. This is a huge, beautiful, tranquil park and botanical garden – an absolute must-visit place for all ages, to enjoy its enormous acreage of woods, flower/fruit/herb gardens, waterfalls, ponds, lawns, tropical “forest”…. not to mention the many peacocks running around everywhere. The Baldwin guest mansion with its citrus and rose gardens is the highlight of these impressive acres of natural beauty. So many gardens to see at your leisure. I highly recommend a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area for forever, but it took me this long to realize what a lovely respite from all-things-Los Angeles this peaceful place is. Do visit the Arboretum… you will want to return for every season under the sun. And more. A gorgeous and cheaper alternative to the Huntington Gardens. …
Today, I am thankful for the rain storms that are moving through our state, replenishing the aquifers and relieving the drought conditions we’ve had for six years. I marvel that wildlife survived through it all and I am sure there is a lesson in their example of perseverance. Makes me even more grateful to be warm and dry indoors. Rain drop by drop sun-showers I stand in half-light waiting to see something more the rain is here now Rain is here Cold air crackles with the hint of change Rainy silence filling the pale dawn small prayers Rain outside Mind after meditation A warm blanket May we all be a reflection of Divine Light and Love today. Love always, P
September brings the very particular sensations of fall. The clean, crisp air begins to fill us up with welcome relief from the summer’s heat and thoughts that journey back to days gone by. We reflect upon the past. A melancholy sometimes comes, a longing for people and situations that used to give us such joy. There is nothing unnatural about these thoughts. We let them come and we let them go. Our thoughts are cascades; our moods turn like the leaves. We let nature color our world without succumbing to sadness or depression.We allow nature to run her course through us in peace and understanding. P.S. I welcome me back! ⊂( ・ ̫・)⊃
Photos from my daily walking meditation at the Ray Schabarum Regional Park. Camera: Diana mini classic Film: Fuji Superia 200 (35mm) Flash: Diana F+ (as needed) Processing: Color Negative c41
Ahhh, was busy these past few days of the month restructuring life and its intricacies but I still managed to make flower photos while spirit walking though. 🙂 Here they go. How are you all my dearies?
To a big beautiful resurrection. May you shine out into the world with all your magnificence!