Perched on the sandy cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is the charming village of Carlsbad located in northern San Diego County. The views west toward the ocean always fill me with peace, and in the springtime so do the views facing east. Because in spring, the ranunculus are in bloom. Acres of them. Huge rainbow stripes of flowers in butter yellows, rich reds, vibrant oranges, snow whites, deep luscious purples, and sweet pinks undulating over the landscape in the gentle ocean breezes.
I also learned some history of the Fields I hadn't known before. On some well illustrated signs I read that the property was purchased in 1929 by Edwin Frazee. The land had been slated for a housing community but the plan fell through when the stock market crashed. It proved to be a perfect location for Edwin Frazee and his ranuculus farm however, and he spent the next few decades developing multiple strains of this lovely flower starting from a single petal to multi petal varieties. Ten years ago, the fields opened to the public for a few months in spring, and became a popular tourist attraction, which we now know as the Flower Fields of Carlsbad.
It turned out to be a perfect day and a perfect photo op. You can't beat Mother Nature for artistry! (And,it was $10 well spent.)
You can see the ocean over the village of Carlsbad.
This is a great example of the different varieties of ranuculus.
One of several Paul Ecke's variety of Poinsettia.