Okay, really quickly, there's a few things I want to cover.
First, as I mentioned yesterday, beginning this week I'm going to try out "Photography Fridays" for awhile. No, I'm not the very best and most expert photographer on earth. Yes, I've taken photos for many, many, years and I do know some of what does and doesn't work. It will be great fun to learn from all of you, in addition to answering whatever questions I can help with.
Do I have many professional photographers in the reading audience? (I know I have at least one!) If so, please feel free to join in with your wealth of knowledge.
Second, since I'm having two posts in a row with a spring/flower topic this week I thought I'd stick with the spring theme and take on photographing flowers for the first topic this Friday. (A few of you sent in questions regarding flower photography.) Even if the flowers have yet to bloom wherever you live, who can resist taking an occasional photo of them when they do bloom? If you have a question, tip, or suggestion for photographing flowers you'd like included – please email me with it in the next day or two.
And now on with today's post.
On Sunday, Briefcase and I drove 45 minutes south to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad is a coastal town in northern San Diego county. I live in southern Orange County so Carlsbad is not too far away. (Orange County is right above San Diego County.) The Flower Fields is, basically, a ranunculus bulb farm.
Try saying that five times fast.
Ranunculus Bulb Farm. Ranunculus Bulb Farm. Ranun ….
They grow bazillions (?) of ranunculus flowers at The Flower Fields. Ranunculus are in the buttercup family, by the way. They sell the bulbs from the ranunculi (?) – or is it ranunculuses (?) – all over the world. They have 50 acres of land devoted to growing these beautiful flowers. Currently, about 20 acres are blooming.
Flowers bloom as far as the eye can see. (Add in a little beach fog in the distance – you can actually see the ocean from many spots at the fields.)
[Sorry the above photo isn't a great one from a technical standpoint. I love it anyway. I love the little path through the flowers and the sense of distance/scope it provides. It reminds me of the flowers in The Wizard of Oz.]
Only a small portion of the flowers grown at The Flower Fields are sold. I believe it's only one to two percent of those grown. On the other hand, the fields yield a harvest of around six to eight MILLION bulbs!
They provide "wagon ride" tours of the fields also. I've never gone on the ride, but I'm going to be back at the fields next week with some girlfriends and I hope to take the wagon ride then.
Mainly, I just like the idea of a man in a cowboy hat driving me around.
I've never had a man in a cowboy hat drive me anywhere.
You know, I really don't even see men in cowboy hats in Orange County.
Ranunculus are very pretty, but did you know they have no scent? They smell exactly like nothing. They also have no nectar, so they don't attract bees.
Ranunculus come in a huge variety of colors. In fact, the colors are so breathtaking, the fields are a favorite spot for photographers of all levels. (National Geographic has even photographed The Flower Fields and you can bet they did a much better job of it than I did!)
The Flower Fields are only open from March 1st until May 9th, but they are open daily through those dates from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
There are other, beautiful, types of flowers at the fields also, but it really is all about the rununculus.
Beautiful, don't you think?
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