Monday, April 18, 2011

Carlsbad Flower Fields

 If you find yourself in Southern California in the spring, you should definitely take and hour or two and tour the Carlsbad Flower Fields. They are located on a hillside in Carlsbad that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is a gorgeous way to spend some time - and bring your camera!There used to be many flower fields in Carlsbad. Over time, the city has moved in and the flower fields have disappeared. But the city worked with one rancher and together they have preserved this area.

 Ten years or so ago when we first toured these fields, it was not well known in the San Diego area. Well from our tour this year, word has gotten out. There were many folks enjoying this beautiful display.
 The fields are easy access as right on the other side of the windmill is Interstate 5. If you're interested in touring, take the Palomar Airport Road exit and head one block east.

  Admission is $10 per person and includes free activities such as this tractor ride.

 Just over the hill to the left of this shot is Legoland.

 A shot that emphasizes just how close the fields are to the Pacific Ocean...probably 2 or so miles away. The cool ocean breeze was very much appreciated on that cloud free California day.
 The Ecke farm in this area was well known for growing Poinsettias, so there was a large display of these beautiful plants also.
 More Poinsettias in various colors...
...and one shot of my wife.

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