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Exploring San Diego Harbor!

Hello Again! 

Last week I decided to take a bus and trolley to the Harbor area of San Diego.  I explored Sea Port Village, the Embarcadero,  Gaslamp Quarter, the Marina and other landmarks along the way. It was quite a gray and somewhat windy day but I was determined to go explore.  Here are some photos!  Click on a photo to get more detail.  Come walk with me!

I took the Green line trolley and got off at Seaport Village station and walked down to Sea Port Village. I passed by the Manchester Grand Hyatt. I remember reading that there is a great view out some floor in the Hyatt, I think, but didn’t check it out.
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I walked toward the water and Seaport Village.  Seaport Village is a shopping/dining complex adjacent to the San Diego Bay, and downtown San Diego.  The address is 849 Harbor Drive.  There are 50+ shops, 17 eateries, and outdoor entertainment.  There is regular live music in some of the cafes, and a free concert series on Sundays. http://www.seaportvillage.com/  I checked out a great bookstore and a magical kite shop. I loved this Carousal and took two photos of it.

I took a photo of this old boat on the water. I don’t know what kind of boat it is or what it is used for but if someone knows, please post a comment.  You can see a Naval Ship behind it as the North Island US Naval Air Station is SW of Sea Port Village, on the Northwest side of Coronado Island.
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After walking around Seaport Village, I headed east to the Embarcadero Marina park area. There are several festivals at the Embarcadero including the yearly Buskr festival. I passed these beautiful trees and a pirate skeleton kite staked to the grass. You’ll have to click on the sky photo to see the kite.  The area you see in the background through the trees is part of Coronado.

Here’s a photo of Seaport Village, looking west to it from the Embarcadero.

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I continued to walk along the Embarcadero . I took a picture of someone on a small motor boat and looking across at the eastern part of Coronado.  Then, I saw a big aircraft carrier heading toward the Coronado bridge. I am assuming it is a Navy ship.  I walked to the end of the West part of the Embarcadero, to watch the ship pass under the Coronado bridge.  In the second picture, you can see the east part of the Embarcadero, and the Coronado Bridge.

I then finished walking around the Western part of the Embarcadero and took a photo of the Convention center, the Marina and you can see the Hilton Hotel to one side.  Then I headed north and turned and took another photo of the Marina and the Marriott Marque hotel towers.

As I headed east, on the Seaport Village boardwalk, I saw this sweet Gazebo surrounded by stores and eateries. 2017-05-19 19.16.52

I headed to Harbor Drive, to walk along the street. I passed this colorful sculpture in front of the Marriott Marina building, then found these great trees planted in front of the Marriott Marque hotel.

I walked along in front of the convention center and looked back at Harbor drive and my attention was caught by the colorful mural that lines part of that street. I don’t know about the tall buildings.

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Lastly, I headed east and then north to the Gaslamp Quarter.  It is an area known for over 200 restaurants, bars, night clubs, lounges, boutiques, art galleries, shops, hotels, entertainment and events.  This area has quite the history.

It was started as William Heath Davis’s New Town, in 1859, when he purchased land to build up San Diego. Before that, the buildings were in Old Town, north of there. Davis believed that the town should be near the water and host a wharf and buildings to support the water traffic.  It didn’t do well and he left and rabbits took over. Then, in 1867 to 1869, Alonzo Horton bought land and started to build more.  He was a little more successful.  He eventually sold land to the city that became a park. The deal was they could pay him a nominal amount each year and if he died, they’d have it to themselves with no payment. He lived a long life though and was paid off. Unfortunately, both Horton and Davis died in poverty, even though they were the ones to “start” the city of San Diego.  The Victorian architecture still exists.  It turned into a red light district for quite awhile. In 1974 revitalization began for the Gaslamp Quarter archway.   It has been revitalized a few times now.  Here is a photo of the archway and another of a what looks to me to be Wiley Coyote sculpture I saw at the entrance to a 5th Ave. Art Gallery.

Hope you have enjoyed the walk today. Come check it out for yourself!
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Public Art Work Along Mission Blvd.

Last week I decided to vary my usual boardwalk/beach walk with a stroll down Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA. I walked between W. Mission Bay Drive and Pacific Drive, taking photos of public art work on electric boxes, walls and the side of some buildings.  Here is my collection!  Come Walk With Me! For more detail, click on each picture to see it in full.

One electric box was covered with skateboarders:

I found two lovely ocean scenes:

Beach scenes were pictured on 3 different places:

I was delighted by these 4 scenes of Sea creatures and a beach bird:

And lastly, this lovely electric box adorned with Mermaids:

I hope you have enjoyed this art walk along Mission Blvd. If you are in the area, check it out!

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Love, katelon

More Balboa Park Beauty

When I was at Balboa Park, San Diego, last Friday, I stopped in at one of my favorite spots, the Botanical building.  Here are some photos I took.

The first photo shows the beautiful lattice work of the ceiling and walls.

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There are different flower displays throughout the year and right now, they have special arrangements of orchids. I took a picture of the main display area.

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This plant caught my eye with its scalloped edges and beautiful texture.

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

There is so much to see and do at Balboa Park. I hope you come visit it someday!

Dog Days Electrical Box

I was heading up Cass Street, from Grand to Garnet, in San Diego and noticed this cute electrical box, a celebration of dogs. Thought you’d enjoy the art. 

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

San Diego is filled with street art of all kinds.  Come see!

 

Sculpture Walk In Balboa Park

Good morning!  Yesterday I took a stroll through Balboa Park. The sky was blue and sunny, with some white puffy clouds and a gentle breeze, perfect weather for a stroll on a Spring day. I started my  walk at the west entrance at Laurel Street and Balboa Street, near 6th Ave.  I came upon Founders Plaza, a small plaza honoring three prominent San Diegans who were instrumental in the creation of Balboa Park.  These bronze statues are of Ephraim Morse, Alonzo Horton, and George White Marston. 

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

I crossed over the lovely Cabrillo Bridge and I headed to the Plaza de Panama, and decided to take photos of the open air sculpture display that is in front of the San Diego Museum of Art.  It was a little too sunny for this endeavor so some photos are in more shade than I’d like, but you will be able to see them and perhaps be lead to come see them for yourself 🙂

The first one, my favorite due to my AZ childhood and my volunteer work with Central American and Mexican immigrants, is called “Border Crossing” and is by Louis Jimenez.

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The next one feels very evocative to me…”The Watchers” by Lynn Chadwick.

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The next sculpture is called “The Prodigal Son” by Auguste Rodin.

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This next photo has more shade in it than I would have liked as the faces of these figures are so powerful.  “Mother and Daughter Seated” by Francisco Zuniga.

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I loved the curves in this next one…”Solar Bird” by Joan Miro.

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This next one looks very different depending upon where you stand and view it….” Odessy III” by Tony Rosenthal.

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And the last one is “Big Open Skull” by Jadr Zajar.

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I wandered around some more, through the Botanical Building that had several orchid displays; Spanish Village with all the beautiful paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other hand made finds in its studios; and I even happened upon a bride beginning her walk down the path into Zoro Garden and stayed and witnessed her sweet wedding.  

There is always so much to see and do at the park with many museums, gardens, stores, restaurants, the organ pavilion, the Houses of Hospitality of many countries, events, evening at the park, plays, concerts, street musicians, and of course acres of beautiful flowers and vegetation.  Coming up April 28-30 is “Art Alive”, at the San Diego Museum of Art, with 100+ floral interpretations of famous works of art and other beautiful floral displays.  Weekends are especially busy with events. You can find more information at http://www.balboapark.org 

Thanks for joining me on this walk today!  Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, Happy Passover for those who celebrate that and happy Spring to all!!

Love, katelon

Blooming Thriving Beauty!

It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote, so thanks for hanging in there with me. I’ve been putting all my focus into my spiritual work to help bring about a planetary shift into the light. I always take time for walks everyday though, so wanted to share some beauty with you. In spite of all that has gone on around this planet, there is always beauty to be found. And I believe soon, more and more our experience of beauty will grow and the darkness that has held our planet and humanity in its fist will be a vague memory, like a nightmare we have woken up from, dissipated as the days of joy and wonder fill us instead.

So come with me and experience some of what I’ve seen over the last several months.

This is an amazing canyon, Tecalote Canyon, a gem in the midst of the city:

All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Here’s a couple pretty yellow gems…one from a bush and one from a tree:

I love how delicate these 2 white flowers are, as they almost seem thinner than paper:

Yards all over the neighborhoods I walk have roses, and this lovely pink one caught my eye:

I grew up with an entire outer side of our carport covered with honeysuckle. I loved having that smell as part of my childhood. So some days my walk destiny is planned so I can pass this bush and get a wonderful whiff of honeysuckle again:

And lastly, there are so many different green plants that I’ve never seen before. It touches my heart to see how much love that some home owners put into their landscaping. This beauty stopped me in my tracks:

I read of a great awareness activity that you can add to your walks. You can pick a color for that walk and see how many things you see in that color. Sometimes I focus on green and I concentrate on seeing how many different shades of green I find on my walk that day. It’s wonderful to open your senses to take in more of what is around you. For me, with my love of nature, it keeps me grounded and nourished.

Thanks for joining me on my gathered photos from walks past. Enjoy your spring! Thanks for reading and following my blog and letting others know about it, too!

Much love, katelon

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

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!

Gray Winter Day at Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

The other day I took a walk on the boardwalk, on a gray winter day. It is one of my favorite times at the beach as visitors are few and I can wander and remember times gone by, as a kid, coming here for vacations. Yes, those vacations were in the summer but it seems like it wasn’t as busy then.

Here is the gray ocean and sky day with very few people on the beach.
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I noticed this lovely mural at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel, a hotel right on the boardwalk, at the intersection of Boardwalk and Pacific Street.
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Looking down the boardwalk, which was narrower when I was a kid, you can see very few people on the beach or going down the boardwalk.
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Here is the side and front of the Surfer hotel. It used to be painted white with blue trim. My Mom, my son, and I, used to stay here often when she was alive and after she died. It is also on the corner of the boardwalk and Pacific Street.
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Just to the north and east of the Surfer, are two sets of apartments, that are now olive green. When I was a kid, these were called the Denton apartments, and were painted white with red trim. I remember staying in this set of apartments on the second floor and can still remember the inside of it. My Mom had taken a photo of my brother, two other children from another family from our hometown, and me, when I was around 7. She actually kept the little t-shirt I was wearing in the photo and I still have it….all four of us sitting on the stairs. I don’t have that photo with me but when I do get a hold of it, I’ll add it to this post.
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So that’s a little trip down memory lane on a brisk and windy Dec. day! Thanks for joining me 🙂

Fall Stroll Through Old Town, San Diego

A week ago I decided to stroll through Old Town and see what interesting sights I could find.  In several places altars were starting to be created for their Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration which starts Oct. 29th and goes through Nov. 2nd. http://www.dayofthedeadsd.com/index.html.  Decorated skulls are seen all year in many stores in Old Town. If you are interested in skull jewelry, handbags, back packs, pens, or many other skull items, this is the place to shop 🙂

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But as Dio De Los Muertos decorations start to arrive, you will see more decorated skeletons.  Here is a Mariachi Band dressed for the holiday, welcoming you into an area called Fiesta de Reyes, a group of shops, a restaurant and a stage for various acts throughout the year.

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Here is an elegant “lady” skeleton outside the entrance to Fiesta de Reyes.

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And a couple well dressed “ladies” to welcome you to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and restaurant.

Here is another brightly dressed “lady” in a display in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, near this lovely painted wooden bench.

I loved this large wooden horse sculpture outside one of the stores in Fiesta de Reyes.

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Walking outside of Fiesta de Reyes, I spotted this large painted skull, sitting in an old wooden wagon.

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And this lovely fall display set in front of Seeley Stables, a museum that displays old wagons, and other items that are from the era when Old Town was a thriving new town.

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Lastly, on my way back from strolling through other parts of Old Town, I walked through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and was intrigued by this huge gnarled tree and this sweet yellow blossom on another tree.

I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me and the photos I took.  If you are in the area, come check out Old Town, and see all the history, and/or come and join the celebration of Dio de Los Muertos.

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