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 …
Sending all of you a big hug and much love today. May we all remember today to love ourselves, that we are enough, and today to gift ourselves and others a smile, some kindness, compassion, forgiveness…. and some sweetness of the chocolate variety or emotional variety… or even the pleasure of solitude and silence. May we give ourselves a little extra of whatever it is that we need. Namaste. 🙏🏻
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. …
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! ⊂( ・ ̫・)⊃
Finally! I had my first roll of film developed yesterday that were all shot with my lomography fisheye one. Some of them turned out well and others didn’t. I learned a few things though after seeing the results. when shooting with this kind of film – Color Negative ISO 100: 1. shoot it on a bright sunny day – outdoors 2. never forget to advance the film before you shoot again or it will only under-expose the shot 3. use flash always when shooting indoors And for this kind of camera: 1. never go too close to a subject as the lens will give a black effect on the right lower part (see photo of my mailbox) 2. use higher ISO film for indoors 3. don’t use viewfinder as it will only make the fisheye effect off-center or could it be how I loaded the film?(more to the right) Camera: Lomography Fisheye One Film: Lomography CN 100 35mm Flash: built-in 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?
Happy 1st day of April everyone! Yes, how can it be April already? It’s the only day where being silly is officially recognized. But be gentle with the people you’re going to play prank today 🙂 Sometimes you need to do crazy things to get out of your crazy mood… And also, sometimes you need to just sit still until it passes. 🙂