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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!

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Balboa Park Flowers March 2015

Spring has come to San Diego and Balboa Park. I love walking by all the flowers and smelling the ones that have a scent.

Last Sat. evening I attended an art opening at Studio 21, in Spanish Village. The exhibition was entitled “Art…it’s elemental”. This was an all members show. Each member was given the same size board and one of four elements…earth, air, fire, water. That was the starting point and from there inspiration and creativity sprung forth. There were a variety of techniques from sculptures, watercolor, mixed media, papers, tiles, photographs and others. I didn’t want to take pictures of the art work due to copyright. I did however wander outside to take pictures of some flowers in the planter boxes in the Spanish Village. 4 of them are Freesia…my favorite scent and 1 of an Amaryllis. If you have the time, go check out the art show. It will be there until April 13th.

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5 more white freesia

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1 amarylis

Then on Tuesday, I met a friend at the park and we wandered through the rose garden and the succulent garden. Here are some photos of the roses.

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Then we wandered over to the Botanical Building to see the various orchids displayed throughout the building.

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Thanks for joining me on this flower journey. If you are in San Diego, please check out the Spanish Village and all its art studios. There are artists at work, many mediums, lovely pieces for sale. Also, check out the Rose garden and succulent gardens on the east side of Park Ave. across the street from the big fountain and the Fleet Science Center. The Botanical building is always fun to walk through, and there are often musicians set up outside, between the building and the pretty long pool in front of the building.

Happy Spring everyone!

Balboa Park, San Diego, July 27th, 2014

I decided to head over to Balboa Park on Sunday, July 27th, to hear an organ concert. Many of the listeners came equipped with umbrellas. I sought out the shade of a tree and sat on the ground:) The acoustics are so wonderful, the architecture so beautiful.

Spreckels organ pavillion

When the concert was over I decided to head to the Botanical Garden. I had read about the orchid show in the garden. Here are some photos I took of the various orchids. Keep in mind these pictures were taken with a camera phone….low end camera at that, as I haven’t made the move to a smart phone yet. I think the pictures turned out pretty well though.

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After leaving the garden, I walked by a Father and daughter, sitting on a bench, with a beautiful orchid plant sitting next to them. I stopped to comment on it and the man directed me to a show and orchid sale going on in a nearby building. Here are photos of two of the orchids there.

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Next I headed over to lay on the ground and soak up the root energy of this tree that has the distinction of having one of the largest expanses in the world. On the way there, I passed by the “pirates” dangling from the building, advertising the ongoing pirate exhibition.

Pirate exhibition

Large tree

Lastly, on the way back, I stopped near the butterfly garden and noticed a bench memorial for the great activist Harvey Milk. A sweet ending to a sweet afternoon.

Harvey Milk Bench

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