Oh hey, yes its still me here talking about the California trip we took A YEAR ago. You will be pleased to know that there is only one post left after this one. I was determined to get to the end of them though, firstly because it was a trip of a lifetime for us and I want to document it all for our memories, and secondly because I still get people message me asking me about the trip. I think it is one of those trips that is such a big deal to a lot of people and also quite daunting when you have kids, so it is one of those ones that you research a lot. Hopefully these posts will help others who are planning a road trip around California. The final post I have left after this one is all about our time in San Diego. But first I wanted to do a stand alone post all about our time in The Flower Fields as I have so many photos.
You may be wondering what The Flower Fields actually are. The clue really is in the name- just think of fields and fields of beautiful flowers in every colour and you wouldn’t be far wrong. I first heard of these Flower Fields, just outside of San Diego in a place called Carlsbad (in the same place as Legoland California which is useful as a bribe for taking the kids there first!) on instagram and I knew instantly I had to go there- I am nothing if not an insta cliche. But seriously it’s a photographers/instagrammers dream. So much colour. So much beauty. So many photo opportunities.
In all seriousness though, the flowers aren’t actually the easiest to photograph. Firstly unless you go very first thing or last thing when they shut, you are guaranteed that it is going to be busy and sunny. Neither of those are the best conditions to take photos- we went at around 11am and the sun was already quite high in the sky, plus it was getting busier by the minute. The second thing is that you aren’t actually allowed in to the flowers- which is fair enough, no one wants the flowers to get ruined by wannabe photographers trampling on them. They have little photo points dotted throughout and most people are pretty relaxed and wait for you to take a few before it is their turn.
We popped in for an hour on our way to Legoland on our last day in California as our flight wasn’t until that evening. I absolutely adore all the photos we took. It was the perfect end to the most incredible 17 days and I will always look back at these photos and remember how happy I felt. Our California trip was the longest we have ever been away and it was just the best experience. For that reason I will always look back on these photos and treasure them.
I also finally edited and uploaded the last video in my California series. You can have a watch of that here if you would like (it’s got a bit about the flower fields in it).
Check out the rest of our blog posts and videos here-2