What's the fastest possible way to fold space and time together?
In a book, you might invent a complicated device that manipulates how we perceive clocks. In a movie, a spaceship with a laser might do the job.
But here in Southern California, at least among those who adore incredibly colorful spring blossoms, all you need to do to fold time is vow to visit The Flower Fields at the beginning of March and then find, suddenly, it's the middle of May.
The famous Carlsbad flower-powerful spread, which includes 50 acres, is traditionally open from March 1 to Mother's Day. While that stretch can seem like an impressive amount of time when it starts, there's a scramble to make good on your promise to finally go before the season winds down.
Also winding down? The remarkable ranunculus show. "There are 20 acres of color left," reported a Facebook post for the fields on May 5, "but the ranunculus are nearing the end of their life cycle. The color will continue to quickly fade over the next week."
There's admission to enter the fields — $14 for adults — and they're sure to have a busy last day of the petal-famous attraction on Sunday, May 14, which is Mother's Day.
But the cultivated flower season isn't quite done for this general slice of the Golden State. Lompoc's flower fields are starting to make a showing, with a recent photo of a lush blanket of sweet peas popping up on social media in early May.
More Lompoc-close, field-based blooms are still to come, and there's a pdf map and info on how to wend your way around the Santa Barbara County burg's bud-packed places.