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More Balboa Park Sights!

During my time at Balboa Park a few weeks ago, I took some more photos of interesting and beautiful sights.

I loved these beautiful flowers at Alcazar Garden, which is next to the Mingei Museum. 

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This was amazing bark on a tropical palm tree, in the Botanical Building.

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This was a forest like stand of plants in the Botanical building.

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This beautiful blossom caught my eye.  It was on a plant next to the other two plant areas in the photos above.

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Thanks for reading and stopping by. Please leave a comment or a “like” and join in the fun! 

Love, katelon

 

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San Diego Tortoise Society

A few weeks ago I went to Balboa park, after a long absence.  There is a room that regularly holds flower shows on the weekend, so I headed over there.  I wandered into the San Diego Tortoise Society show. There were turtles, tortoises, ceramic objects shaped like turtles and tortoises, photos, t-shirts and breads shaped like Turtles and Tortoises.

Here are some photos:

Leopard Tortoise

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

Green Turtle

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And three other photos of tortoises:

Hope you enjoyed this. Head over to Balboa Park. There is always so much to see and do, trails to walk, street musicians, museums, places to eat, outside art, cultural happenings, concerts and much more!  Thanks for reading!

Love, katelon

More Whimsical Sculptures at the Sculpture Studio, Balboa Park.

In my visit to Balboa Park, in San Diego, CA, last week, I made my way to Spanish Village.  Spanish Village is designed to look like a little old village.  The pathway is paved with various bright colored stones.  There are studios of glass art, wood art, textiles, painting, jewelry, sculptures, gemstones and much much more.  I found these 3 whimsical sculptures.  Two of them are made to sit upon and there is a sign inviting you to have your picture taken in them and posted to a webpage.

The first one is a mermaid.  In the background you can see a bright metal woman and a few other sculptures.

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The next one is a mermaid chair you can sit upon. You can see a dog sculpture and a wooden female sculpture in the background.

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And lastly, here is bench that is a couple of wild west characters.

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If you’re in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. Spanish Village is in the NE corner before you get to the Zoo.

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Plants at the Botanical Building, Balboa Park Part 2.

Hello again,

The Botanical building regularly changes their displays.  On this visit, there was a display of various orchids.  Since I don’t know the names of them, I’ll just show you the photos.  I love that these orchids are delicate and whimsical  in color and shape.  If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. There is so much to see and do. You can click on any photo to see it more closely.

 

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed these and my walk through the Botanical Building at Balboa Park.

 

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Beautiful Plants at the Botanical Building, Balboa Park.

Hello all!

Last week I went to Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. I hadn’t been there in awhile and wanted to see what was blooming.  I found so much beauty in the Botanical Building.  I enjoy walking around and looking at the lovely architecture but often what grabs my eye is the plant life.

I’m dividing my post into two posts. This first one includes pictures of 5 beautiful plants and their neighbors. As usual, I don’t know what their names are but I love the textures, shapes, and colors.

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All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

This one had these large green leaves, that almost look like the lily pads you see in ponds. And then, it had this tiny delicate blossoms.

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This one has thicker leaves that are scalloped.

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I love the design on these leaves and how one side is various greens and the back side is that deep wine color.

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These blossoms were a surprise amidst the large fronds.

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There was entire center planter with these lovely variegated fall colored plants.

I hope you have enjoyed these.  Thanks for joining me on the walk through the Botanical Garden. If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park.  There is so much to see and do there.

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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!

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

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!

Another Lovely Day at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Hello All! It’s been a while and I apologize for that. But I’m back with some photos from my Sunday stroll through lovely Balboa Park.

I started my exploration in Spanish Village. I love the brightly colored tiles, the unevenness of the patio and little studios and of course the lovely art to be found in each one of them. My favorite to look at these days is jewelry. Being on the road I’m more interested in wearable art. There are a variety of jewelry styles offered in the studios and in booths set up in the plaza, so come check them out.

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Next I stopped by the Floral Show with the Plumeria Society, in Casa del Prado. Each weekend a different floral show takes place in a room there. I had thought there would be flowers but instead, the room was filled with various sized cuttings of Plumeria varieties, for people to purchase and plant at home.

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I love walking through the Botanical garden. In addition to their regular displays, they set up a different center display depending upon the season. This time it was a display of Easter Lily.

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In the entrance way there were various orchids. I took photos of two that intrigued me.

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Then the pattern on the underneath of this palm leaf caught my eye. Isn’t it stunning?

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I have a fascination with the Greek Goddess Artemis, so I stopped in at the Timken Museum of Art to check out their latest exhibit. It is called “An Archaeologist’s Eye”. The display is a combination of graphic and pastel pencil drawings by Katherine A. Schwab, an archaeologist and artist, photos of the sculptures they are based on, and information about the Greek Parthenon. “The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon. Since there has been much decay to these sculptures, Katherine did these drawings to attempt to fill in more detail lost to the ages. You can visit the museum and explore this interesting display. The Timken has no entrance fee.
http://www.timkenmuseum.org/exhibitions/archaeologists-eye

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On my way back to my car I passed through the International Cottage area. I had missed the House of India presentation but saw these three lovely ladies dressed for the event.

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Finally, almost to my car, I passed by this huge Eucalyptus tree and was stopped in my tracks to touch it and admire its age and size. I love engaging with nature so I am often petting the trees, flowers, and plants I pass, taking in their smells, textures and beauty.

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It was another lovely day at Balboa Park. Thanks for joining me. Come see for yourself all that Balboa Park has to offer!

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