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Belated Balboa Park Christmas Eve Day Post 2

Hello, thanks for joining me again on this journey I took on Christmas Eve Day 2016. If you want to see part 1, you can find that here: https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/belated-balboa-park-christmas-eve-day-post-1/

As I mentioned in part 1, I was walking around in a state of bliss the whole walk, so my attention was easily drawn to roots and leaves and trees and flowers and clouds and reflections…so many sights I had seen before but they showed up in a new way that day.

After enjoying Spanish Village, I headed south toward the main part of the park, where all the museums are located. My first stop was to admire again, this huge Moreton Bay Fig tree that has the second largest girth of any tree in CA. Its age isn’t certain but is estimated to have been planted in 1910.
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I left the tree and took a moment to look at the beautiful fountain that stands between the Fleet Museum of Science and the Natural History Museum. In the summer children love to play in this fountain.
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On my way to Zoro garden, my attention was drawn to this fall colored leaf in a tree.
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I’ve always loved the large root structure of these Ficus trees that border Zoro garden, but hadn’t noticed before that they look like water flowing down the sides of the garden. Zoro garden is built as a grotto, with some rock walls, and curving paths that head down into the grotto. It originally was a walled off nudist colony that people could buy tickets to look into and also to enter. It was built for the 1935 California-Panama Exposition. It also includes vegetation and pools of water to attract various species of butterflies. Here are three pictures of the roots:
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After leaving Zoro garden, I walked all the way southwest to the International Cottages and then back and stopped in at the Timken Museum. They had this beautiful display entitled “Jewels of the Season”, which was choreographed and produced by San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film and MSI Production Services. On the very tall Holiday tree, in display cases and hung from a golden curving display hanging from the ceiling, Hord & Schlappi’s collection of ornaments, designed and handcrafted by local artists Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi, were displayed. Florence Hord began making the ornaments in the 1930’s, and then in 1959, Elizabeth Schlappi was invited to join in the effort. Each ornament includes semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the two women from around the world There was a video showing that told the history of their work. Some of the ornaments were designed to be very elegant, some more mundane in their topic. Here is a photo of a few of them on the tree.
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After leaving Timken, I decided to check out the annual Poinsettia display at the Botanical Garden Building. Here are 4 photos of them and other wonderful plants inside the Botanical building.
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And lastly, I stopped to look at the serene reflecting pool in front of the Botanical Building. I loved the reflection of the clouds in the water and how the wind created the ripples on the water. I managed to capture this Blue Heron, looking like he is standing on water. The water looked so magical that day, with its ripples and waves.
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That concludes my Christmas Eve Day walk through Balboa Park. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! Thanks for following and reading my blog.

Wishing you a wondrous 2017 filled with joy and fulfillment in all ways!

Love, katelon

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Belated Balboa Park Christmas Eve Day Post 1.

Happy New Years everyone! Hope no matter what or how you celebrate, you had wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year! I have spent way too many holidays away from family so I know how holidays can be stressful or lonely, but I still love them and find things to celebrate anyway…like the Bruce Cockburn holiday station Pandora put together for me. I loved listening to it. 2016 was a rough year in many ways but I truly believe that 2017 is going to be THE year where we move fully into the light…the planet, humanity and begin a peaceful existence in all ways. Outer appearances may say something else but I feel differently and feel that the dark chaos that appears physically now will soon be a faded bad dream of long ago.

I took myself to lovely Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA. on Christmas Eve day. I’ve had challenges since so am just now getting around to posting. It was such a beautiful day at the park that I wandered around filled with bliss, seeing old things and new things as if with eyes I’d not used before.

I parked in a different parking lot than I had parked in before, this one near the Historic Carousel and Spanish Village, the gathering of art studios featuring various mediums.

So…first stop was the Historic Carousel, built in 1910. It was hand carved in North Tonawanda and shipped to CA. It was designed by Herschell- Spillman. It was fun to see children of all ages enjoying the ride.
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As I walked from the Carousel and turned the corner into the Spanish Village area, I spotted this lovely wreath high up on the wall, with the beautiful blue sky and clouds above. It was supposed to have been a rainy day but luckily for me, the sky stayed blue my entire walk.
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The first studio I noticed was this one, number 41, that carries some jewelry but mostly stunning glass pieces. In the window were various glass balls that would look beautiful on a big Christmas tree.
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Right next to that, was a sweet tree decorated for the holidays. You can see other studios along the side.
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I wandered into the Sculptors Guild patio, a place I had never noticed before. The pieces were quite different from each other and made from different materials. There were smaller pieces, carved and painted whimsical “chairs”, wood sculptures, large whimsical sculptures faced with colored glass, and large metal sculptures so delicate that it seemed that if you touched parts of them, it would feel like delicate fabric. You can see a second metal sculpture in the background behind a voluptuous figure.
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There were a couple of larger displays out in the main Spanish Village area, that were made from sustainable, recycled materials. The trees in both were made from corks. One was this clever “Gingerbread house” with presents in front, and the other a mini-forest with carolers in front.
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What a delightful place to spend an afternoon. I wandered in a few other studios to look at delicate jewelry, gorgeous hand painted scarves and “vests”, exotic feathered pieces for the wall, beautiful paintings, and hand made ornaments for the tree. I love witnessing the immensity of the creative spirit.

If you happen to be in San Diego on a visit, I highly recommend you visit Balboa Park and wander into Spanish Village!

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