THE FLOWER FIELDS AT CARLSBAD RANCH

It was a spur-of-the-moment type of thing when we decided to head to San Diego for the weekend. On the way there we stopped at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. It was so worth the stop! The flower sea was amazing. There is 50 acres of colour at the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May. It's said to be one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in southern California.

The place was packed on a Saturday. It was hard to find a parking space and there were queues to the restrooms, the hot dog stand etc. But walking around and looking at the flowers was ok even though there was a lot of people, because the area is so big. You could easily still snap a shot without any people in it. The flowers really were beautiful, but it was a bit funny how everyone - I mean everyone - was taking pictures and selfies and looking for that perfect shot. The place is easy to go with kids, because they have a quite a nice playground, antique tractor wagon rides, in the garden there are birds and there is plenty of space to run around and enjoy the pretty flowers.

All in all, it was a very nice and colourful experience, so if you are in southern California in the upcoming month or so, you should definitely stop by before the season is out (14th of May in 2017).