Feeling a little down in the dumps, the man of the house and I decided to go visit the Flower Fields. This is just half of the fields, the other half is not fully in bloom yet so there are still about 4 weeks of blooms left at least.
The flowers are Ranunculas. The spring after 911 they had a huge American flag in red white and blue flowers.
Yes I am sorry to say that is a power plant on the horizon -- right on the beach. If you're just passing through that's about all there is to distinguish Carlsbad from other beach towns -- except when the fields are blooming. That's sad, because there is so much more to Carlsbad.
Here is one without the power plant. They keep promising us they will take down the chimney stack, but who knows when that will happen! And yes, that is the blue Pacific Ocean on the horizon. It was a cloudy day and the wind was a bit too cool, but it was good photography weather.
A tractor pulling a cart takes you all around the fields if you don't want to walk. The fields lie parallel to the Freeway (Hwy 5) but you only get glimpses of them from there. You have to come off at Palomar Airport Road.