Beautiful Japanese brush art by Friends of Taka Sumi-e.

A talented gentleman demonstrates Japanese brush painting in Balboa Park. The traditional Asian art form is called Sumi-e.
A talented gentleman demonstrates Japanese brush painting in Balboa Park. The traditional Asian art form is called sumi-e.

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Yesterday I strolled into the Casa del Prado to view an exhibition put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e, a society in San Diego whose members produce beautiful works of Japanese brush art. The room was filled with abundant life.

A couple of friendly people explained a little about the traditional Asian art form of sumi-e, or brush drawing. I learned that the “four treasures” are ink, stone, paper and brush. I learned a hard inkstick is rubbed in water against a rough, mortar-like inkstone to produce the ink. I learned that in Japan both calligraphy and painting often use ink produced this way.

I also observed how amazing the finished works can be. Take a look!

A fantastic Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition was held inside the Casa del Prado. The free event was put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e of San Diego.
A fantastic Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition was held inside the Casa del Prado. The free event was put on by the Friends of Taka Sumi-e of San Diego.
Many beautiful works of Japanese brush art could be admired by the public in the Casa del Prado.
Many beautiful works of Japanese brush art could be admired by the public in the Casa del Prado.
An ink stick was ground into the ink stone. The artist prepares her brush for another drawing.
An inkstick was ground into the inkstone. The artist prepares her brush for another drawing.
It's the year of the Rooster.
It’s the year of the Rooster.
A few careful strokes of the brush expresses eternity.
A few careful strokes of the brush expresses eternity.
Colorful butterflies have gathered atop this table.
Colorful butterflies have gathered atop this table.
A dragon.
A dragon.
A human figure.
A human figure.
Amazing finished artwork filled many tables. By artist Ileane Tatar.
Amazing finished artwork filled many tables. By artist Ileane Tatar.
A jumping green frog. By Ileane Tatar.
A jumping green frog. By Ileane Tatar.
A hen with chicks looks up at a rooster banner--a banner portrayed on a banner! Art by Louise Rendich.
A hen with chicks looks up at a rooster banner–a banner portrayed on a banner! Art by Louise Rendich.
Two fish and cherry blossoms, by Pat Wolfe.
Two koi and cherry blossoms, by Pat Wolfe.
I believe these might be storks. By artist Kazuko (Kay) Mese.
I believe these might be storks. By artist Kazuko (Kay) Mese.
A rugged landscape with ancient trees. By artist Debra Hirschy.
A rugged mountain landscape with ancient trees. By artist Debra Hirschy.
A humorous cat, by artist Karen Straus.
A humorous cat, by artist Karen Straus.
A trotting horse, by Louise Rendich.
A trotting horse, by Louise Rendich.
One could spend hours in this room.
One could spend hours in this room.
Superb flowers, very fine art by Takashi Ijichi.
Superb flowers, very fine art by Takashi Ijichi.
Another unique rooster with generous daubs of color.
Another unique rooster with generous daubs of color.
Delicate flowers and leaves, by artist Soon Chu.
Delicate flowers and leaves, by artist Soon Chu.
Pink blossoms above a volcano, by Marlene Leet.
Pink blossoms above a volcano, by Marlene Leet.
I would love to live here. Dreamy Japanese brush art by Marlene Leet.
I would love to live here. Dreamy Japanese brush art by Marlene Leet.
A furry feline. Rebecca Leet-Homung.
A furry feline. Rebecca Leet-Homung.
So much beauty to absorb. One's life is uplifted.
So much beauty to absorb. One’s life is uplifted.
A hummingbird, by artist Iris Lowe-Reiss.
A hummingbird, by artist Iris Lowe-Reiss.

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A final look inside the San Diego Hall of Champions.

The San Diego Hall of Champions now occupies the historic Federal Building in Balboa Park. The sports museum will soon close.
The San Diego Hall of Champions now occupies the historic Federal Building in Balboa Park. The sports museum will soon close.

San Diego’s Hall of Champions will soon close. I was told yesterday that the museum’s final day is uncertain, but most likely imminent. So you’d better hurry on over to Balboa Park before it is gone forever.

A couple days ago news broke that the historic Federal Building in Balboa Park’s Palisades area, which has been the location of the Hall of Champions for many years, will become the home of a brand new San Diego Comic-Con museum. It’s an exciting bit of news and should revitalize this slightly less active section of Balboa Park. I’m sure the neighboring museums will benefit from what is sure to be a very popular attraction. But it’s so very, very sad to see the Hall of Champions come to an end.

I learned the plaques from the Breitbard Hall of Fame will be relocated to the Western Metal Supply Co. at Petco Park, and the Padres will claim the exhibits that pertain to their team. The San Diego Chargers exhibits will head up to Los Angeles now that the team has moved north. Other sports artifacts and bits of memorabilia will be claimed by their respective owners: athletes, teams, collectors and sports organizations. So, I suppose, the history of athletic achievement in San Diego will live on.

Here’s one final look inside the Hall of Champions.  It’s where many fantastic memories were made and preserved. San Diego has been home to some of the world’s greatest champions, including baseball’s Tony Gwynn, skateboarding’s Tony Hawk, NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, golf’s Phil Mickelson, basketball’s Bill Walton, boxing’s Ken Norton, diving’s Greg Louganis, sailing’s Dennis Conner . . . and many others.

Peering into the entrance of the Hall of Champions. Colorful exhibits celebrate San Diego champions from a wide variety of sports.
Peering into the entrance of the Hall of Champions. Colorful exhibits celebrate San Diego champions from a wide variety of sports.
Large banners inside the museum entrance honor an athlete's dedication, confidence, focus, determination and character.
Large banners inside the museum entrance honor an athlete’s dedication, confidence, focus, determination and character.
A San Diego Chicken suit worn by Ted Giannoulas. The funny mascot is known and loved worldwide.
A San Diego Chicken suit worn by Ted Giannoulas. The funny mascot is known and loved worldwide.
Tony Gwynn jersey and memorabilia near the Hall of Champion's indoor cafe.
Tony Gwynn jersey and memorabilia near the Hall of Champion’s indoor cafe.
A big National League Champion pennant above the front door of the Hall of Champions, won by the San Diego Padres in 1984.
A big National League Champions pennant above the front door of the Hall of Champions, won by the San Diego Padres in 1984.
A large statue of Muhammad Ali stands above an event space where many local sports award ceremonies are held. Ali fought Ken Norton at the San Diego Sports Arena in 1973.
A large statue of Muhammad Ali stands above an event space where many local sports award ceremonies are held. Ali was defeated by Ken Norton at the San Diego Sports Arena in 1973.
The Hall of Champions honors local high school coaching legends.
The Hall of Champions honors local high school coaching legends.
The San Diego County Officials Hall of Fame.
The San Diego County Officials Hall of Fame.
The Dragonfly II human powered vehicle is on display in the museum.
The Dragonfly II human powered vehicle is on display in the museum.
Sign describes the Dragonfly II. Richard Byrne of San Diego rode it to a first place finish at the 1983 Human Powered Speed Championships held on the Indianapolis race track.
Sign describes the Dragonfly II. Richard Byrne of San Diego rode it to a first place finish at the 1983 Human Powered Speed Championships held on the Indianapolis race track.
One display case contains old high school sports souvenir programs.
One display case contains old high school sports souvenir programs.
Another case holds objects related to the Padres slugger Nate Colbert.
Another case holds objects related to Padres home run slugger Nate Colbert.
The San Diego Hall of Champions has an extensive Moores Family Baseball Exhibit.
The San Diego Hall of Champions has an extensive Moores Family Baseball Exhibit.
The exhibit features many memorable moments in San Diego Padres baseball history.
The exhibit features many memorable moments in San Diego Padres baseball history.
Top players in Padres history include Trevor Hoffman, Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley. Bruce Bochy is remembered as a fan favorite coach.
Top players in Padres history include Trevor Hoffman, Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley. Bruce Bochy is remembered as a fan favorite manager.
Remembering the 1984 National League Champion Padres.
Remembering the 1984 National League Champion Padres.
Major League Baseball's Padres are a beloved sports team in San Diego.
Major League Baseball’s Padres are a beloved sports team in San Diego.
Notable Padres players in the 1970's include Randy Jones, Rollie Fingers, Dave Winfield and Gaylord Perry.
Notable Padres players in the 1970’s include Randy Jones, Rollie Fingers, Dave Winfield and Gaylord Perry.
Display recalls the 1954 PCL Championship, won by the Padres.
Display recalls the 1954 PCL Championship, won by the Padres.
Another display shows the San Diego Padres in their earliest years.
Another display shows the San Diego Padres in their earliest years.
On July 4, 1871 San Diego was a dusty little border town of barely 2300 hardy souls. On this day baseball was first played in our city!
On July 4, 1871 San Diego was a dusty little border town of barely 2300 hardy souls. On this day baseball was first played in our city!
One section in the Hall of Champions honors San Diego Collegiate Stars of football.
One section in the Hall of Champions honors San Diego Collegiate Stars of football.
Local college football memories live on at the Hall of Champions.
Local college football memories live on at the Hall of Champions.
Alvin Hall played five seasons for MCRD, and ranks as one of the Marine Corps' greatest running backs.
Alvin Hall played five seasons for MCRD, and ranks as one of the Marine Corps’ greatest running backs.
The San Diego Chargers exhibit at the Hall of Champions includes many player jerseys.
The San Diego Chargers exhibit at the Hall of Champions includes many player jerseys.
The San Diego Chargers produced many fond memories for local football fans.
The San Diego Chargers produced many fond memories for local football fans.
Trophies and plaques from the exciting Don Coryell era Chargers.
Trophies and plaques from the exciting Don Coryell era San Diego Chargers.
More football memories from the 90's.
More NFL football memories from the 90’s.
This display shows some San Diegans who starred in the NFL, including Marcus Allen, Junior Seau, Terrell Davis, Art Powell and Marshall Faulk.
This display shows some San Diegans who starred in the NFL, including Marcus Allen, Junior Seau, Terrell Davis, Art Powell and Marshall Faulk.
The San Diego Chargers won the AFL Championship in 1963.
The San Diego Chargers won the AFL Championship in 1963.
Exhibit fondly remembers the early days of the San Diego Chargers.
Exhibit fondly remembers the early days of the San Diego Chargers.
Display case at the Hall of Champions dedicated to San Diego basketball's original NBA Clippers and Rockets.
A display case at the Hall of Champions dedicated to San Diego basketball’s original NBA Clippers and Rockets.
Jerseys and equipment from different incarnations of the San Diego Gulls hockey teams.
Jerseys and equipment from different incarnations of the San Diego Gulls hockey team.
Surfing is a major sport in Southern California. So many surfboards are displayed in the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Surfing is a major sport in Southern California. So many different surfboards are displayed in the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The underside of one of Tony Hawk's practice skateboards shows a lot of wear!
The underside of one of Tony Hawk’s practice skateboards shows a lot of wear!
Motocross exhibit at the Hall of Champions.
Motocross exhibit at the Hall of Champions.
An exhibit features a NASCAR racing suit worn by 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who grew up in El Cajon.
An exhibit features a NASCAR racing suit worn by 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who grew up in El Cajon.
An inboard hydroplane that set a world record in 1975.
An inboard hydroplane that set a world record in 1975.
Designed by San Diegan Steve Ball, this 850 C.C. inboard Hydroplane is on display at the Hall of Champions.
Designed by San Diegan Steve Ball, this 850 C.C. inboard Hydroplane is on display at the Hall of Champions.
Two walls on the Hall of Champions' second floor contain the Breitbard Hall of Fame, celebrating great San Diego athletes.
Two walls on the Hall of Champions’ second floor house the Breitbard Hall of Fame, celebrating great San Diego athletes.
A random photograph of one section of the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
A random photograph of one section of the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
Dennis Conner has been called America's greatest sailor.
Dennis Conner has been called America’s greatest sailor.
Bill Walton is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Bill Walton is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Another wall on the second floor of the Hall of Champions contains Sports Illustrated covers that feature San Diego athletes. Dennis Conner with Ronald Reagan, and Phil Mickelson winning his first major.
Another wall on the second floor of the Hall of Champions contains Sports Illustrated covers that feature San Diego athletes. Dennis Conner with Ronald Reagan, and Phil Mickelson winning his first major.
Heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton prepares for his first defense.
Heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton prepares for his first defense.
As of June 2008, the Sports Illustrated feature story has included San Diegans 113 times.
As of June 2008, the Sports Illustrated feature story has included San Diegans 113 times.
Tony Gwynn, the best hitter since Ted Williams.
Tony Gwynn, the best hitter since Ted Williams.
UCLA's red-hot redhead, center Bill Walton.
UCLA’s red-hot redhead, center Bill Walton.
Randy Jones' threat to win 30.
Randy Jones’ threat to win 30.
A sculpture of Muhammad Ali in a corner of the Hall of Champion's second floor.
A sculpture of Muhammad Ali in a corner of the Hall of Champion’s second floor.
Now we check out the second wall of the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Golf's Craig Stadler was a product of the San Diego Junior Golf Association.
Now we check out the second wall of the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Golf’s Craig Stadler was a product of the San Diego Junior Golf Association.
Ken Norton began boxing in the Marine Corps while stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Ken Norton began boxing in the Marine Corps while stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk makes San Diego proud.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk makes San Diego proud.
Marshall Faulk broke NCAA rushing records at San Diego State University.
Marshall Faulk broke NCAA rushing records at San Diego State University.
Greg Louganis of San Diego has been called the greatest diver of all time.
Greg Louganis of San Diego has been called the greatest diver of all time.
Junior Seau is remembered with love by many in San Diego. He was an NFL football great.
Junior Seau is remembered with love by many in San Diego. He was an NFL football great.
The statue of Muhammad Ali looks down at tables set for a special evening event at the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The statue of Muhammad Ali looks down at tables set for a special evening event at the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Gazing down at the front entrance of the sports museum from the second floor.
Gazing down at the front entrance of the sports museum from the second floor.
The lower level of the Hall of Champions is dedicated to sailing. It isn't surprising that San Diego has produced many of the greatest sailors in the world.
The lower level of the Hall of Champions is dedicated to competitive sailing. It isn’t surprising that San Diego has produced many of the greatest sailors in the world.
One of many displays that recalls sailing's very rich history in San Diego.
One of many displays that recalls sailing’s very rich history in San Diego.
Two small sailboats inside the museum.
Two small sailboats inside the San Diego Hall of Champions.
San Diego has produced many sailing World Champions.
San Diego has produced many sailing World Champions.
Every U.S. Olympic sailing team since 1964 has featured at least one San Diegan.
Every U.S. Olympic sailing team since 1964 has featured at least one San Diegan.
A look into the Hall of Champion's Bill Koch America's Cup Gallery.
A look into the Hall of Champion’s Bill Koch America’s Cup Gallery.
A model of America, the racing schooner that beat many British competitors in 1851, establishing the America's Cup. A replica full-size boat makes San Diego Bay its home.
A model of America, the racing schooner that beat many British competitors in 1851, establishing the America’s Cup. Today, a replica full-size boat makes San Diego Bay its home.
A timeline shows America's Cup history and traditions, including the evolution of the racing craft.
A timeline shows America’s Cup history and traditions, including the evolution of racing craft.
San Diego Yacht Club's Dennis Conner won the America's Cup four times.
San Diego Yacht Club’s Dennis Conner won the America’s Cup four times.
Painting of Oracle vs. Alinghi, 2010. By artist Tim Thompson.
Painting of Oracle vs. Alinghi, 2010. By artist Tim Thompson.
A replica of the America's Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy in the world.
A replica of the America’s Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy in the world.

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A park full of movement one Saturday morning.

San Diegans play a game of soccer on Balboa Park's grassy West Mesa.
San Diegans play a game of soccer on Balboa Park’s grassy West Mesa.

Balboa Park is alive with nonstop human movement. There is so much to do, so much to see.

Enjoy a few photos from my stroll through the beautiful park this morning.

Competitors at the Balboa Park Horseshoe Club enjoy a relaxing Saturday.
Competitors at the Balboa Park Horseshoe Club enjoy a relaxing Saturday.
Hoping for a ringer!
Hoping for a ringer!
Having some fun in sunny Balboa Park.
Having some fun in sunny Balboa Park.
Guarding a small soccer goal. People enjoy recreating in Balboa Park on a Saturday morning.
Guarding a small soccer goal. People enjoy recreating in Balboa Park on a Saturday morning.
A group practices martial arts near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street.
A group practices martial arts near the corner of Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street.
Learning the moves.
Learning the moves.
More athletic feats by members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, on the green near the Cabrillo Bridge.
More athletic feats by members of the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, competing on the green near the Cabrillo Bridge.
Taking careful aim.
Taking careful aim.
Folks hurry along El Prado wearing hiking boots and carrying walking sticks.
Folks amble along El Prado wearing hiking boots. Some use walking sticks.
Tourists on Segways pause for a moment in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden. The California Tower rises into the blue sky.
Tourists on Segways pause for a moment in Balboa Park’s Alcazar Garden. The California Tower rises into the blue sky.
Dog owners walk their Papillon's near the Mingei Museum.
Dog owners walk their Papillon’s near the Mingei Museum.
An excellent day for a two-legged or four-legged stroll!
An excellent day for a two-legged or four-legged stroll!

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Nudist colony recreated in Balboa Park’s Zoro Garden!

Sign warns of simulated nudity at the Zoro Gardens in Balboa Park. It's a one day recreation of the historic 1935 nudist colony, arranged by Parkeology, supported by various art institutions.
Sign warns of simulated nudity at the Zoro Garden in Balboa Park. It’s a one day recreation of the historic 1935 nudist colony, arranged by Parkeology, supported by various art institutions.

The historic 1935 Zoro Garden Nudist Colony was recreated today in Balboa Park!

The unusual one day event was produced by Parkeology, an organization that according to their flyer “is a public art series that excavates sites, stories, and sense of our urban parks”.

In 1935, San Diego opened the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park, trying to replicate the enormous success of the earlier 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The main intent of this “world’s fair” was to promote economic activity during the Great Depression. Various lowbrow entertainments created for the exposition were designed to lure a popular crowd.

Well, today’s recreation of the Zoro Garden Nudist Colony certainly did draw some eyeballs, and a very wide range of reactions!

It was interesting to note most participants appeared to be college age females. The literature suggests the motivation for the event was at least partly political, stating “the reincarnation of the 1935 nudist colony can be an accessible, diverse, intersectional, gender-non-conforming and body positive social experiment.”

One thing I know for certain. Take a walk through lively Balboa Park on any given day and you never know what surprises you might stumble upon!

Visitors to Balboa Park view a reenactment of the nudist colony that was a sensational attraction here during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.
Visitors to Balboa Park view a reenactment of the nudist colony that was a sensational attraction here during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.
A variety of placid picnic-like activities are undertaken by the supposed naturists. The literature suggests a political motivation--a body positive social experiment.
A variety of placid, picnic-like activities are undertaken by the supposed naturists.
Body suits worn by people in the Zoro Garden simulate nudity.
Flesh-colored bodysuits worn by people in the Zoro Garden simulate naked bodies.
A variety of reactions are provoked by this rather unusual sight in San Diego's most popular public park.
A variety of reactions were provoked by this rather unusual sight in a public park.
One of the nudist actors photographs another. One thing is for certain--one doesn't see this everyday!
One of the friendly “nude” actors photographs another. Not the sort of performance one often sees!

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Beautiful cherry blossoms at Japanese Friendship Garden.

The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.
The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.

The Japanese cherry trees in Balboa Park are beginning to really blossom!

This morning I walked through the canyon at the Japanese Friendship Garden and took in the indescribable, almost heavenly beauty. Then I sat down near the Inamori Pavilion, in the perfect mood to reflect and write.

Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
A small bird enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
A small bird high on one branch enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.

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What did I write?

A philosophical short story titled The Child and the Koi.

A fun Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.
A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.

I enjoyed my walk today through the First Annual Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park. The event was sponsored by the House of Chamorros, member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Those who spent the day had much to experience, including Chamorro food, music, dance, crafts and cultural demonstrations.

I personally enjoyed listening to a talk about the outrigger canoe Sakman Chamorro and its crew of misfits. This traditional Chamorro canoe, built from a northern California redwood tree, used to be based in San Diego’s South Bay, but is now in Guam. I remember seeing the vessel docked by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and also at the 2015 Pacific Islander Festival in Mission Bay, which I blogged about here.

It appeared to me that everyone at today’s event was having a lot of fun! Hopefully this is the first of many Chamorro festivals in Balboa Park!

Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
The flag of Guam flies at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!
The flag of Guam flies proudly at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

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March flowers in Balboa Park’s Botanical Building.

Cymbidium orchids. Many can be seen in the Botanical Building in early March.
Cymbidium orchids. Many of these gorgeous flowers can be seen inside the Botanical Building in early March.

It’s the first weekend of March. Even though it is still winter, many flowers are blooming inside Balboa Park’s always lush Botanical Building!

Large displays of Cymbidium orchids are the main attraction. But today I spotted other beautiful flowers, too!

Here are some photos!

Visitors to the Botanical Building in Balboa Park enjoy beautiful displays of early March flowers.
Visitors to the Botanical Building in early March can enjoy beautiful displays of flowers.
Cymbidium orchids.
Cymbidium orchids.
Cymbidium orchids.
Bright yellow Cymbidium orchids.
Rhododendron azalea - Gretel.
Rhododendron azalea “Gretel”.
Nematanthus wettsteinii, also called Goldfish Plant.
Nematanthus wettsteinii, also called Goldfish Plant.
Camellia japonica.
Camellia japonica.
Stamens of Camellia japonica.
Stamens of Camellia japonica.
Tulips.
Tulips.
Tulips.
Elegant, beautiful tulips.

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