Balboa Park’s quiet paradise at Inspiration Point.

Walking through a pleasant arbor in Balboa Park's little-visited Administrative Courtyard on Inspiration Point.
Walking through a pleasant arbor in Balboa Park’s little-visited Administrative Courtyard on Inspiration Point.

I had to revisit one of my favorite corners of Balboa Park. I aimed my feet toward Inspiration Point, then walked slowly into the quiet paradise behind the park’s handsome Administration Building.

I blogged about the Balboa Park Administrative Courtyard when I first stumbled upon it several years ago here. And a mysterious fountain at the center of a nearby pool of water here.

So tranquil. So beautiful. I should have brought a book. I did sit down on a bench for a while, and felt the sun on my face. It’s a corner of heaven in Balboa Park that very few visit.

Gazing up from the lush courtyard toward the top of the nearby Balboa Park Administration Building.
Gazing up from the lush courtyard toward the top of the nearby Balboa Park Administration Building.
As I walk through the arbor, I see one of the cheerful tile roofed gazebos ahead.
As I walk through the arbor, I see one of the cheerful tile roofed gazebos ahead.
One of two old Navy Hospital fountains in the Administrative Courtyard. Years ago this area was part of a huge Navy Hospital campus off of Park Boulevard.
One of two old Navy Hospital fountains in the Administrative Courtyard. Years ago this area was part of a huge Navy Hospital campus off of Park Boulevard.
A peaceful fountain with bubbling water. Special events like weddings can be booked here, but the public seldom visits.
A peaceful fountain with bubbling water. Special events like weddings can be booked here, but the public seldom visits.
Looking across the green lawn at a gazebo.
Looking across the green lawn at a gazebo.
Down some steps south of the courtyard is a small pool with a cherub-like fountain at its center.
Down some steps south of the courtyard is a small pool with a cherub-like fountain at its center.
Several benches are near the water. Nobody comes here. This, too, was once part of the old Navy hospital.
Several benches are near the water. Nobody comes here. This, too, was once part of the old Navy hospital.
Back in the courtyard, where palm trees cast interesting spidery shadows.
Back in the courtyard, where palm trees cast interesting spidery shadows.
One more look up at some colorful, eye-pleasing architecture. Balboa Park contains wonders that few visitors see.
One more look up at some colorful, eye-pleasing architecture. Balboa Park contains wonders that few visitors see.

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The sun descends, and sweet music begins.

Late sunlight and a rising moon at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.
Late sunlight and a rising moon at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Tonight I enjoyed sweet music–wonderful organ music that streamed from the fingertips of world renowned organist Jelani Eddington.

The 2017 International Summer Organ Festival is in its second week. At the Speckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, Monday evenings throughout the summer promise to be full of magic. As the sun descends, the music begins.

Follow me into this time machine, and we’ll enter the park…

Evening walkers head into the park.
Evening walkers head into the park.
Shadows stretch and hues turn golden.
Shadows stretch and hues turn golden.
A bit of heavenly light still reaches into the Alcazar Garden.
A bit of heavenly light still reaches into the Alcazar Garden.
Victory as the sun descends.
Victory as the sun descends.
Many are entering the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Many are entering the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Anticipating beautiful organ music.
Anticipating beautiful organ music.
Several four-legged music lovers arrive.
Several four-legged music lovers arrive.
People dine and sit in lawn chairs. The weather is pleasant.
People dine and sit in lawn chairs. The weather is pleasant.
An ornamental edge still touched by sunlight.
An ornamental edge on high, still touched by sunlight.
Treats for the concert-goers.
Treats for the concert-goers.
Someone becomes a member of the Spreckels Organ Society.
Someone becomes a member of the Spreckels Organ Society.
The lights come on.
The lights come on.
The Spreckels Organ Pavilion will soon be a fairyland of lights.
The Spreckels Organ Pavilion will soon be a fairyland of lights.
Sun and golden pipes.
Sun and golden pipes.
Jack Lasher, President of the Spreckels Organ Society. welcomes the audience. He describes the 2017 International Summer Organ Festival and introduces tonight's organist.
Jack Lasher, President of the Spreckels Organ Society, welcomes the audience. He describes the 2017 International Summer Organ Festival and introduces tonight’s organist.
Jelani Eddington is a splendid theatre organist who has performed in Balboa Park several times. He is world renowned.
Jelani Eddington is a splendid theatre organist who has performed in Balboa Park several times. He is world renowned.
Jelani Eddington takes the stage.
Jelani Eddington takes the stage.
A fantastic concert begins.
A fantastic concert begins.

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Images of summer’s magic in Balboa Park.

Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.

I have the day off from work today. So I took a long walk through Balboa Park.

Summer is a special time in the park. So many happy people and lively, sunlit scenes; so much beauty and unexpected wonder. I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

These bright summer days shimmer with magic.

Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre's summer season!
Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre’s summer season!
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer's day.
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer’s day.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum of Art.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. One piece of historical Balboa Park decorative art now located in the Casa del Prado's Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. Art now located in the Casa del Prado’s Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today--in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today–in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Arches and bougainvillea.
Looking up at arches and bougainvillea.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera quickly around for a quick pic.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera around for a quick pic.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park's serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park’s serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia's exquisite beauty.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia’s exquisite beauty.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.

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Natural beauty in Balboa Park’s Desert Garden.

Here are many photos of natural beauty in Balboa Park’s Desert Garden. This rugged garden, which was created in 1976, contains a huge variety of fascinating cacti and succulents, a few winding paths, and a wide view of Florida Canyon below.

You can find all this beauty just east of Park Boulevard, across the pedestrian bridge near the Plaza de Balboa. The Desert Garden is directly north of the award-winning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.

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A dance of life in beautiful Balboa Park!

An enormous butterfly was seen dancing in the blue sky above Balboa Park today.
An enormous butterfly was seen dancing in the blue sky above Balboa Park today.

It’s Sunday. So late this morning I headed up into Balboa Park!

A meander through Balboa Park is both relaxing and invigorating. So much life all around. There are smiles, carefree laughter and people from all walks of life moving together in a natural unfettered dance. Like one happy whirl in the sunlight. A dance of life in beautiful Balboa Park!

Do you dance? Would you like to learn? You’ll see a sign that contains many opportunities in the coming photos. Click any sign that interests you and the image will enlarge for easier reading!

These super nice guys were strolling about promoting Desire To Fly, which is playing at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre through Sunday, June 25.
These super nice guys were strolling about promoting Desire To Fly, which is playing at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre through Sunday, June 25.
Poster for Desire To Fly, by Animal Cracker Conspiracy. It's a puppet spectacular in Balboa Park! (Click image to enlarge.)
Poster for Desire To Fly, by Animal Cracker Conspiracy. It’s a puppet spectacular in Balboa Park! (Click image to enlarge.)
Fancy footwork by some guys on the grass sparring with long poles.
Fancy footwork by some guys on the grass sparring with long poles.
An umbrella dances through a tunnel of green at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A white umbrella proceeds through a tunnel of green at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Two people walk along.
Two people step along.
A folk dancer enters the Balboa Park Club.
A folk dancer enters the Balboa Park Club.
If you are in San Diego and love dancing, or would like to learn to dance, then check out these notices by the Balboa Park Recital Hall. (Click image to enlarge.)
If you are in San Diego and love dancing, or would like to learn to dance, then check out these notices by the front door of the Balboa Park Recital Hall. (Click image to enlarge.)
An amazing athletic performance was witnessed today in the Plaza de Panama.
An amazing athletic performance was witnessed today in the Plaza de Panama.
The super charismatic, super positive, super talented dancer Kareem "Anointed" Ali does a flip over four people!
The super charismatic, super positive, super talented Kareem “Anointed” Ali does a flip over four people! You might have seen him on television. He performed spectacularly on So You Think You Can Dance!
Metal arms in the San Diego Museum of Art's outdoor sculpture garden dance in sunlight.
Metal arms in the San Diego Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden dance in sunlight.
Grain dances in this beautiful glass artwork inside the House of Germany at the International Cottages.
Grain dances in this beautiful glass artwork inside the House of Germany at the International Cottages.
Singers from the House of Germany in a life-filled lawn program in Balboa Park.
Singers from the House of Germany are part of a life-filled lawn program in Balboa Park.
Sign shows 2017 International Cottages lawn programs and special events. (Click image to enlarge.)
Sign shows 2017 International Cottages lawn programs and special events. (Click image to enlarge.)
Hearts dance in Balboa Park.
Hearts dance in Balboa Park.

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Nature photos: MOPA’s Genesis in Balboa Park.

Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work, contains many stunning images.
Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work, contains many stunning images.

The Museum of Photographic Art’s current exhibition titled Genesis contains dozens of magnificent photographs. I enjoyed this exhibition in May. MOPA was one of several Balboa Park museums that I visited during that month’s Big Exchange promotion.

Some signs have appeared in the Plaza de Panama which show a few of these visually stunning photographs. Genesis contains the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who captures the raw, wild beauty of unspoiled nature and the simplicity of people untouched by modernity. The photographs take one’s breath away. They make one yearn for a simpler, more primal, more natural existence.

Of course, the funny thing is that the exquisite photographs themselves were created with a modern instrument, and their exhibition and transmission to thousands or millions of people relies on technology–the product of accumulated human knowledge and aspiration.

A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado

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Thousands of tiny stars in a beautiful park!

So many flowers are abloom right now in Balboa Park! Many appear like tiny yellow suns, or stars exploding in a fiery supernova. Walking through the park yesterday felt like a journey through galaxies. I discovered clusters of stars in every direction!

This beautiful sunburst was discovered in the Casa del Prado, at the San Diego Bromeliad Society's weekend plant show.
This beautiful sunburst was discovered in the Casa del Prado, at the San Diego Bromeliad Society’s weekend plant show.

These beautiful yellow flowers seem like a sky full of shining suns. You can find this fantastic blown glass at Spanish Village Art Center in Studio 41.
These beautiful yellow flowers seem like a sky full of shining suns. You can find this fantastic blown glass at Spanish Village Art Center in Studio 41.

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