A very quiet, sunny morning in Balboa Park.

I saw very few people in Balboa Park this morning.

It isn’t often you find a sunny Balboa Park so empty and peaceful. But it was Memorial Day and I started my walk early.

I headed from Cortez Hill up Sixth Avenue, walked east down El Prado all the way to the rose garden, then made my way south along Park Boulevard to the Administrative Courtyard.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t take my camera out right away. My first photograph is by flowers in the Alcazar Garden.

Why was I walking so early in the morning? At eight o’clock there was a special Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum. I blogged about it here.

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The Alcazar Garden, like a dream.

Even when I don’t wander into the Alcazar Garden, I like to peer at it through a series of arches along El Prado. I like to watch visitors moving through the maze-like green hedges that border beautiful plants and beds of flowers.

The way the slanting sunlight touches the garden, the place always seems like a living dream. A magical sunlit dream.

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Colorful photos of 2016 Garden Party in Balboa Park!

Member of Southern California Plumeria Society hands flower to child during Balboa Park's 2016 Garden Party event!
Member of Southern California Plumeria Society hands flower to child during Balboa Park’s 2016 Garden Party event!

Today I enjoyed the Second Annual Garden Party in beautiful Balboa Park! Last year, during the park’s Centennial Celebration, the original Garden Party of the Century was held. It was such a success, a new yearly tradition has been born!

Here are lots of colorful photos! Enjoy!

Sign details happenings during the Garden Party. There was a Floral Wagon Parade, lectures, ranger led tours, folk music, painters, butterfly releases and more!
Sign details happenings during the Garden Party. There was a Floral Wagon Parade, lectures, ranger led tours, folk music, painters, butterfly releases and more!

Beautiful spring flowers near the reflecting pool. Balboa Park's Botanical Building stands in the background.
Beautiful spring flowers near the reflecting pool. Balboa Park’s Botanical Building stands in the background.

The many gardens of Balboa Park certainly merit a party!
The many gardens of Balboa Park certainly merit a party!

People check out dahlias on display at one table along El Prado.
People check out dahlias on display at one table along El Prado.

The San Diego County Iris Society and San Diego Epiphyllum Society also had exhibits at the big Garden Party!
The San Diego County Iris Society and San Diego Epiphyllum Society also had exhibits at the big Garden Party!

Kids check out a bunch of carnivorous plants in Balboa Park!
Kids check out a bunch of carnivorous plants in Balboa Park!

Posters illustrate and classify California native flowers.
Posters illustrate and classify California native flowers.

Folks in Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama relax as the Second Annual Garden Party gets underway with some speeches.
Folks in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama relax as the Second Annual Garden Party gets underway with some speeches.

Balboa Park's Ranger Kim greets Garden Party visitors and introduces several notable speakers.
Balboa Park’s Ranger Kim greets Garden Party visitors and introduces several notable speakers.

A fun Kids Floral Wagon Parade began the party, heading down El Prado. The beautifully decorated wagons were parked in Plaza de Panama for all to admire.
A fun Kids Floral Wagon Parade began the party, heading down El Prado. The beautifully decorated wagons were then parked in Plaza de Panama for all to admire.

A cart full of potted plants and flowers stops near the podium. Ranger Kim is ready for a delivery.
A cart full of potted plants and flowers stops near the podium. Ranger Kim is ready for a delivery.

Young ladies near the plaza's fountain draw flowers.
Young ladies near the plaza’s fountain draw flowers.

This guy on a bike riding down El Prado purchased some Plumeria stems.
This guy on a bike riding down El Prado purchased some Plumeria stems.

Another display concerned Coastal Sage gardening.
Another display concerned Coastal Sage gardening.

A stunning orchid display inside Balboa Park's Botanical Building.
A stunning orchid display inside Balboa Park’s Botanical Building.

Gorgeous orchid blooms.
Gorgeous orchid blooms.

Looking across the Balboa Park reflecting pool on a cloudy spring day in San Diego.
Looking across the Balboa Park reflecting pool on a cloudy spring day in San Diego.

Plein air painting by artist Michelle Gonzalez in Spanish Village. She works in Studio 6.
Plein air painting by artist Michelle Gonzalez in Spanish Village. She works in Studio 6.

Dancers were performing ballet on El Prado during the wonderful Balboa Park Garden Party.
Dancers were performing ballet on El Prado during the wonderful Balboa Park Garden Party.

A large crowd gathered to watch a graceful ballet performance by talented youth.
A large crowd gathered to watch a graceful ballet performance by talented youth.

The Zoro Butterfly Garden was a gathering place for families during the event.
The Zoro Butterfly Garden was a gathering place for families during the event.

A display in the Zoro Garden shows some Balboa Park botanical history.
A display in the Zoro Garden shows some Balboa Park botanical history.

Old photo of Kate Sessions, often called the Mother of Balboa Park. She planted many of the park's original trees that visitors enjoy today
Old photo of Kate Sessions, often called the Mother of Balboa Park. She planted many of the park’s original trees that visitors enjoy today.

The Garden Party included lots of art, creativity, plus an inspiring, hourly butterfly release in the Zoro Garden!
The Garden Party included lots of art, creativity, plus an inspiring, hourly butterfly release in the Zoro Garden!

Flowers and chalk art drawn by kids. The Zoro Garden has come alive.
Flowers and chalk art drawn by kids. The Zoro Garden has come alive.

A butterfly in Balboa Park's Zoro Garden. Perhaps this one was released today!
A butterfly in Balboa Park’s Zoro Garden. Perhaps this one was released today!

Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park walk through the Alcazar Garden during the 2016 Garden Party event!
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park walk through the Alcazar Garden during the 2016 Garden Party event!

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Late afternoon light brightens the Alcazar Garden.

Late afternoon light on tower of the Mingei Museum, as seen from the Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park.
Late afternoon light on elegant tower of the Mingei Museum, as seen from the Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park.

I got off work early today, so I walked up into Balboa Park with a couple hours of daylight left. I intended to photograph two special somethings for this blog, but unfortunately was unsuccessful. I’ll try again this weekend…

Fortunately, I did get some beautiful photos of late afternoon light beaming into the Alcazar Garden. Here they are…

Sign in Alcazar Garden details how it was designed in formal Spanish style and was originally called Montezuma Garden during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
Sign in Alcazar Garden details how it was designed in formal Spanish style and was originally called Montezuma Garden during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Shadow stretches across beds of spring flowers, and slanting sunlight creates beautiful highlights.
Shadow stretches across beds of spring flowers.  Slanting late sunlight creates a beautiful picture.

Light on the green hedges of the Alcazar Garden invite a photo through the arch on the south side.
Light touching the green hedges of the Alcazar Garden invites a photo through the arch on the south side.

A monumental arch leads to a nearby parking lot and a very large tree. According to a sign it's a Ficus retusa, or Indian Laurel Fig.
A monumental arch leads to a nearby parking lot and a very large tree. According to a sign it’s a Ficus retusa, or Indian Laurel Fig.

Late afternoon sun brightens leaves of the large Ficus retusa just outside Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden.
Late afternoon sun brightens leaves of the immense Ficus retusa just outside Balboa Park’s Alcazar Garden.

One of two unique and beautiful fountains in the Alcazar Garden. Patterned colorful tiles remind park visitors of Moorish Spain.
One of two unique and beautiful fountains in the Alcazar Garden. Patterned, colorful tiles remind park visitors of old Moorish Spain.

Top of the California Tower and Museum of Man's dome as seen from the parking lot between the Alcazar Garden and the entrance to Balboa Park's archery range.
Top of the California Tower and the Museum of Man’s classic dome, as seen from the parking lot between the Alcazar Garden and the entrance to Balboa Park’s archery range.

Beautiful light on a garden sprinkled with flowers.
Beautiful light on a garden sprinkled with flowers.

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