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Dia de los Muertos at Old Town, San Diego

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

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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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Interesting Murals Near Old Town San Diego, CA

Hello All,

I was walking west on Taylor Street the other day, walking from the bus/trolley area, and noticed these beautiful murals painted underneath the I-8 and I-5 overpass.

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This one honors the five branches of service.

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This one depicts the San Diego river.

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This one celebrates Old Town San Diego.

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This one depicts the Coronado Bridge.

I love how San Diego has so much street art around the city. Come check it out!

Thanks for walking with me!

Water and Sky

Hello Friends,

I love nature in all its forms.  Here are some photos of beautiful clouds and water.

The first one is taken at Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA.

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

I love the faint colors in these clouds.

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This is the San Diego River, taken in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA.

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I’d not seen sideways striated clouds before seeing these.

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What a beautiful planet in all its forms.

Thanks for stopping by!

La Jolla, CA visit, Part 2

Hello Friends!

Here is part 2 of my La Jolla visit. After leaving the little church, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/la-jolla-ca-visit-part-1/

I walked down to Prospect St. to the Legends Gallery.  I love their collection.  Their address is 1205 Prospect St. Suite B., La Jolla, CA. 92037. I have written about them before. They have an amazing collection of Dr. Seuss artwork, the lovely art from his famous books and other works as well.  Right now they are also showing whimsical and heartwarming work by Mackenzie Thorpe.  I had seen his work before and was delighted by these new pieces.   A couple of them are definitely going on my wish list:

This one is entitled “You Are My Rock”.  It feels very poignant to me.  I love the stars in the sky. If you are viewing this on a phone, you can click on the photo and enlarge it.
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This next one is called “It’s Magic”.  To me if references the cow who jumped over the moon…but now the cow has cargo and friends 🙂

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As I was walking on the other side of the street, I passed this lovely sculpture that seemed to be a sea enchantress.

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I then headed down toward the water, to Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  There is plenty of trees to sit under and grass to play on, restrooms and a sidewalk that offers a stunning view of the ocean below.  On the large rock, there were numerous birds.

From there I walked south on the sidewalk to the famous La Jolla Cove.  You can walk down on the sand but there are barriers to make sure you don’t disturb the seals. There is a pathway you can walk down that allows you to look in one direction down toward the beach with the seals, and on the other side, look out toward the ocean and rocks below.

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I had taken the photo of this seal on a rock before walking down to take the above photo. On the way back up the walkway, I stopped again to look at the seal and just then it dove into the water. Then, out of what seemed like a small hole behind where he was laying, one after another seals flopped out and then into the ocean, about 5 of them. It was like a magic trick where the magician keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat and you wonder how they all fit in there!

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I hope you have enjoyed this tour of a small part of La Jolla. If you are visiting CA, come check it out!

La Jolla, CA visit, part 1

Hello Friends,

Recently I visited La Jolla, CA.  I was walking down Girard Ave. and walked by a beautiful Catholic Church I had seen before. But this time I was beckoned inside. This photo shows the light beam that led me inside…notice it?

The name of the church is Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.  The address is 7669 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA. 92037

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All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys

I stopped at three of the stations where you light candles and offer your prayers.  I love how the statue of Jesus is arms open, welcoming 🙂

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….and how this writing behind Mother Mary holding Jesus has words in French and Spanish…

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…And the loving gaze of Mary in the background, looking at her son, Jesus.

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Even the statue of Jesus on the cross is different.  Rather than the usual slumped over Jesus suffering on the cross, if you enlarge this photo, you’ll see a triumphant Jesus.   Click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.

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When I walked outside again I stepped onto the Star…..Mary, Star of the Sea….

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Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  I invite you to come see it  yourself!

 

 

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

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