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California's Carlsbad flower fields welcome visitors with full blooms


Visitors pose and take pictures at "The flower Fields" in Carlsbad.

People took pictures amid waist-high blossoms in every imaginable hue of orange, pink, yellow and purple at California's famous flower Fields in Carlsbad as it opened to the public.


The attraction was closed for most of 2020, due to pandemic-related restrictions, but plummeting coronavirus cases and California's move to the orange tier of lockdown restrictions means the fields can once again welcome a limited number of visitors.


flower1 Norah Miller has her picture taken by her friend Emma McCain.


"I am so happy we're open again," said general manager Fred Clarke. "Last year we were nine months in and we had to mow the crop down."


The fields, 34 miles (55 km) north of San Diego, showcase more than 70 million flowers, creating an annual spectacle when they bloom.


"It does feel like things are easing a little bit. It's just great to see the beauty and just get out and enjoy a day with my wife," said Artie Creighton, 53, from Corona, California.


flower3 Visitors pose and take pictures among the 50 acres of Ranunculus flowers.


"This is one of the first times that we've been out in a long time."


The flower Fields, which are open to the public until May 9, are also a working farm that sells flowers, which end up at florists and supermarkets, Clarke said, explaining how they breed their own variety of ranunculus.


"We're hybridizing ranunculus and every year trying to improve the quality, the size of the flower, the brightness of the color, the uniformity of the crop," he added.


flower4 A family takes a picture among the 50 acres of Ranunculus flowers.


"So every year we believe it's getting better and better."

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