Murals by young artivist on United Nations Building.

One of four murals by young artist Caymin Ellspermann on the United Nations Building in Balboa Park.
One of four murals by young “artivist” Caymin Ellspermann on the United Nations Building in Balboa Park.

Four new murals were hung on the exterior of the United Nations Building in Balboa Park a couple days ago. I spotted them yesterday as I walked through the International Cottages.

The murals were all painted by Caymin Ellspermann, who is a talented sixteen-year-old Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego’s Art Miles Mural Project. Themes expressed in these artivist murals range from feeding the hungry to protecting wildlife.

Caymin is available for art commissions. To reach him, read the information on the sign containing his biography. (You can click the following photo to enlarge it.)

Caymin Ellspermann is a Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego's Art Miles Mural Project. He is an artivist interested in social and environmental issues.
Caymin Ellspermann is a Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego’s Art Miles Mural Project. He is an artivist interested in social and environmental issues.
A new mural near the front entrance of the United Nations Building among the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
A new mural near the front entrance of the United Nations Building among the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
A beautiful mural shows a Native American and wildlife.
A beautiful mural shows a Native American and wildlife.
A colorful mural shows people holding hands, with abundant life and food.
A fantastic, colorful mural shows people holding hands, with abundant life and food.
A mural speaks out against hunting protected wild animals in Africa.
A mural speaks out against hunting protected wild animals in Africa.

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Fun works of art discovered around Balboa Park!

A cat snoozes near the front door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center.
A cat snoozes near the front door of Studio 13 in Spanish Village Art Center.

Here are some random photos of fun artwork around Balboa Park. Mind you, the park is jammed with beautiful art from one end to the other. New discoveries await around every corner.

These few glances I happen to like. I hope you enjoy them, too!

A mirror by the moon reflects colorful patio tiles near Studio 18.
A mirror by the moon reflects colorful patio tiles near Studio 18.
Stunning mermaid artwork on a wall near the entrance of Studio 18.
Enchanting mermaid artwork on a wall near the entrance of Studio 18.
A fun artistic bench awaits walkers with tired feet in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
A fun artistic bench awaits walkers with tired feet in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village.  (I guess a dog’s appreciation of art requires a nose.)
Studio 6 in Spanish Village has clay classes for kids! Call the painted phone number!
Studio 6 in Spanish Village has clay classes for kids! Call the painted phone number!
A drinking fountain on El Prado built into the House of Charm features elegant shell-like artwork.
A drinking fountain on El Prado built into the House of Charm features elegant shell-like artwork.
This fun street art was painted on an electrical box next to the building that is home to the San Diego Chess Club and Balboa Park Horseshoe Club.
This fun street art was painted on an electrical box next to the building that is home to the San Diego Chess Club and Balboa Park Horseshoe Club.
The friendly face of a Scotsman gazes upon visitors to the House of Scotland!
The friendly face of a Scotsman gazes upon visitors to the House of Scotland!
This stunning stained glass artwork depicting Budapest can be found inside the House of Hungary. The artist is Isabel Piczek.
This stunning stained glass artwork depicting Budapest can be found inside the House of Hungary. The artist is Isabel Piczek.
Art deco image underfoot at the entrance to the Municipal Gymnasium. In 1935, this new building was called the Palace of Electricity and Varied Industries, erected for Balboa Park's California Pacific International Exposition.
Art deco image underfoot at the entrance to the Municipal Gymnasium. In 1935, the new building was called the Palace of Electricity and Varied Industries, erected for Balboa Park’s California Pacific International Exposition.
Section of frieze on the Federal Building, home to the San Diego Hall of Champions. The artwork was designed in 1935 by Richard Requa, who was fascinated by pre-Columbian Mayan motifs.
Section of frieze on the Federal Building, now home to the San Diego Hall of Champions. The artwork was designed in 1935 by architect Richard Requa, who was fascinated by pre-Columbian Mayan motifs.
Tibetan art on display in a glass case outside the Mingei Museum. A fierce deity with a frightful appearance!
Tibetan art on display in a glass case outside the Mingei Museum. A fierce deity with a frightful appearance!
Looking upward at Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation on the Casa de Balboa.
Looking upward at rich Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation on the Casa de Balboa.
Artistic leaves among fallen leaves. Photo taken on stairs between Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
Artistic leaves among fallen leaves. Photo taken on stairs between Casa de Balboa and the House of Hospitality.
A colorfully spotted giraffe greets visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!
A colorfully spotted giraffe greets visitors to Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park!

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Bark at Balboa Park features Pooches on Parade!

A dog at 2017 Bark in Balboa Park greets a friendly person raising money for the San Diego Humane Society.
A dog at 2017 Bark in Balboa Park greets a friendly person raising money for the San Diego Humane Society.

I took a walk through Balboa Park before the Super Bowl began this afternoon. And I got some photos of 2017 Bark at Balboa Park and the famous annual Pooch Parade!

What is that? Read the captions to find out!

On Super Bowl Sunday, canine companions are converging to attend the 11th annual Bark in Balboa Park!
On Super Bowl Sunday, canine companions are converging on the Spreckels Organ Pavilion to attend the 11th Annual Bark in Balboa Park!
Humans and a best friend are ready to enjoy some organ music on a chilly afternoon.
Humans and a best friend are ready to enjoy some uplifting organ music on a chilly afternoon.
I saw lots of dogs in the audience!
I saw lots of dogs in the audience!
The San Diego Humane Society partners every year with the Spreckels Organ Society for this very special charitable event.
The San Diego Humane Society partners every year with the Spreckels Organ Society for this very special charitable event.
Guest Organist Russ Peck, who performs at San Diego Symphony Hall and the Balboa Theatre, stands by as rescue dogs in need of adoption are shown to the crowd.
Guest Organist Russ Peck, who often performs at San Diego Symphony Hall and the Balboa Theatre, stands near the organ bench as rescue dogs in need of adoption are introduced to the crowd.
And now, as the organ plays The Whistler and His Dog, the annual Parade of Pooches commences!
And now, as organist Russ Peck plays The Whistler and His Dog, the annual Parade of Pooches commences!
Lots of happy dogs file up onto the stage at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
Lots of happy dogs file up onto the stage at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.
It's a fun parade of furry four-footed friends at 2017 Bark in Balboa Park!
It’s a carefree fun parade of furry four-footed friends at 2017 Bark in Balboa Park!
A dog's love.
A dog’s love.

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Lions seen roaming free throughout Balboa Park!

One of two lions guarding the entrance to the Hall of Nations at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
One of two lions guarding the entrance to the Hall of Nations at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.

A multitude of dangerous lions have been spotted roaming free throughout Balboa Park! They leap at visitors unexpectedly, right out of the blue! Is no one safe?

I wandered about the park today and managed to capture some photos of the wayward lions, just in case you don’t believe me. But thank goodness. At no time was I in danger.

A large, fierce lion was seen lurking near the entrance of the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad tunnel!
A large, fierce lion was seen prowling near the entrance of the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad tunnel! Oops–that actually appears to be a work of art–a fantastic mosaic tile sculpture!
A fierce lion romps in a circle with other colorful animals at the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel.
A fierce lion romps in a circle with other fantastic animals at the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel.
The lion and other fun animals of the carousel are Herschell-Spillman creations, originally hand-carved in North Tonawanda, New York.
The lion and other fun animals of the carousel are Herschell-Spillman creations, originally hand-carved in North Tonawanda, New York.
One of several lion heads high on the happy carousel.
One of several lion heads high on the happy musical carousel.
And another lion on the hunt! Many nostalgic carnival-like images grace the antique carousel.
And another lion on the hunt! Many nostalgic carnival-like images grace Balboa Park’s antique carousel.
A golden lion lurks above the front door inside the House of Scotland!
A golden lion lurks above the front door inside the House of Scotland!
A lion's head roars out a fountain of water in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden.
A lion’s head roars out a fountain of water in the Casa del Rey Moro Garden.
A small fuzzy lion cub peers out of the window of the San Diego History Center's gift shop!
A small fuzzy lion cub peers out of the window of the San Diego History Center’s gift shop!
A koala and lion hang out together at the entrance to the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.
A koala and lion hang out together at the entrance to the world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.
And even more lions have been spotted in Balboa Park, in the mural that wraps around the WorldBeat Cultural Center's old water tower!
And even more lions have been spotted in Balboa Park, in the large mural that wraps around the WorldBeat Cultural Center’s old repurposed water tower!

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Surprising life in Balboa Park’s reflecting pool.

A duck sleeps among lily flowers in the life-filled Balboa Park reflecting pool.
A duck sleeps among lily flowers in the life-filled Balboa Park reflecting pool.

One of my favorite spots in Balboa Park is the reflecting pool–or lily pond as some call it–between El Prado and the Botanical Building. Built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, its official name is Laguna de las Flores.

Under and around the pool’s beautiful green lily pads there is abundant life. Some of the more unusual fish and other critters in the water have been introduced by visitors to the park–something that is officially discouraged. From ducks to koi to turtles to visiting, hungry herons . . . to tadpoles and even crawdads–you never quite know what surprising animal you might encounter.

I’ve taken many photographs of life in the reflecting pool over the years. Here are just a few.

Child watches ducks walk along the edge of the Balboa Park reflecting pool near the Timken Museum.
Child watches ducks walk along the edge of the Balboa Park reflecting pool near the Timken Museum.
A beautiful patch of water lilies among rippled reflections.
A beautiful patch of water lilies among rippled reflections.
Green lily pads reflect San Diego sunlight.
Green lily pads reflect San Diego sunlight.
Two of Balboa Park's resident ducks enjoy a day swimming about the lily pond.
Two of Balboa Park’s resident ducks enjoy a day swimming about the lily pond.
In addition to many more common mallards, one can occasionally see mandarin ducks at the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
In addition to many more common mallards, one can occasionally see mandarin ducks at the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
Colorful koi glides beneath glistening lily pads.
Colorful koi glides beneath glistening lily pads.
A curious koi lifts its head above the surface of the lily pond.
A curious koi lifts its head above the surface of the lily pond.
Someone has spotted a turtle sunning at the edge of the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
Someone has spotted a turtle sunning at the edge of the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
The turtle stretches out its neck absorbing warm sunshine.
The turtle stretches out its neck absorbing warm sunshine.
Photographing the lush flower bed at the south end of the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
Photographing the lush flower bed at the south end of the Balboa Park reflecting pool.
Plaque by the reflecting pool flower bed expresses grateful appreciation to Arthur and Jeannette Gladys Pratt for their generosity and dedication to Balboa Park.
Plaque by the reflecting pool flower bed expresses grateful appreciation to Arthur and Jeannette Gladys Pratt for their generosity and dedication to Balboa Park.
People gaze into the water from the walkway between pools of water near the Botanical Building.
People gaze into the water from the walkway between pools of water near the Botanical Building.
A flock of ducks visits Balboa Park.
A flock of ducks visits Balboa Park.
Natural beauty rests at water's edge.
Natural beauty rests at water’s edge.
Busy life in the water.
Busy life in and on the water.
Floating among beautiful green reflections.
Floating among beautiful green reflections.
A dog is fascinated by all the life, too.
A dog is fascinated by all the life, too.
Koi, a duck and lilies.
Koi, a duck and lilies.
Orange life darting below a yellow flower.
Orange life darting below a yellow flower.
A crowd of colorful koi swirl before one's eyes.
A crowd of colorful koi swirl before one’s eyes.
In beautiful Balboa Park, the reflecting pool is teeming with life.
In beautiful Balboa Park, the reflecting pool is teeming with life.
Just walking along the grass.
Just walking along the grass.
A mother duck and her ducklings explore their watery world.
A mother duck and her ducklings explore their watery world.

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A turtle and tortoise show in Balboa Park!

A large African Spurred Tortoise takes a ride to the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society's annual show in Balboa Park.
A large African Spurred Tortoise takes a ride to the San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society’s annual show in Balboa Park.

Yesterday morning I took a quick walk through beautiful Balboa Park and stumbled upon a turtle and tortoise show in the Casa del Prado. I lingered for a few minutes, learning a little about these fascinating animals. The show continues through Sunday, July 24 (today), so if you read this in time and are heading to the park, you might want to check it out for yourself! You can adopt a turtle or a tortoise, too!

A clean tortoise is a happy tortoise.
A clean tortoise is a happy tortoise.
The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society has their annual show and plant sale this weekend in Balboa Park's Casa del Prado.
The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society has their annual show and plant sale this weekend in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado.
The popular show features turtles and tortoises up for adoption, and every sort of product an owner might need.
The popular show features turtles and tortoises up for adoption, and every sort of product an owner might need.
The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society rescues, rehabilitates and adopts these fascinating animals to safe and appropriate homes.
The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society rescues, rehabilitates and adopts these fascinating animals to safe and appropriate homes.
Visitor in Balboa Park watches two big African Spurred Tortoises.
Visitor in Balboa Park watches two big African Spurred Tortoises.
Another photo of an African Spurred Tortoise. A beautiful animal.
Another photo of an African Spurred Tortoise. A beautiful animal.
Photo of a Red-footed Tortoise.
Photo of a Red-footed Tortoise.
Fun turtle and tortoise gifts include these small street signs.
Fun turtle and tortoise gifts include these small street signs.
These two friendly tortoises are just hanging out together and enjoying another perfect day in Balboa Park.
These two friendly tortoises are just hanging out together and enjoying another perfect day in Balboa Park.

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Happy dogs in Balboa Park!

Happy dogs run free in the spacious off-leash Nate's Point Dog Park just west of the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.
Happy dogs run free in the spacious off-leash Nate’s Point Dog Park just west of the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.

People love Balboa Park. And dogs do, too! Every time I visit San Diego’s wonderful park, tails all around are wagging.

Here are a few photos taken at various times…

A morning walker and canine buddy walk over some grass in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park.
A morning walker and canine buddy walk over some grass in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park.
Art lover and two tiny pooches take a stroll through Balboa Park's colorful Spanish Village.
Art lover and two tiny pooches take a stroll through Balboa Park’s colorful Spanish Village.
A guy and his best friend relax in Spanish Village on another perfect day. Life is good.
A guy and his best friend relax in Spanish Village on another perfect day. Life is good.
A leisurely bicyclist and dog head down a pathway in the park.
A leisurely bicyclist and dog head down a pathway in the park.
Passing dog's greet each other while visitors to Balboa Park walk over the Cabrillo Bridge.
Passing dog’s quietly greet each other while visitors to Balboa Park walk over the Cabrillo Bridge.
A couple and a dog walk into golden sunlight shining onto Balboa Park's El Prado.
A couple and a dog walk into some golden sunlight shining onto Balboa Park’s central promenade, El Prado.
A popular pooch is admired by humans. A typical scene in fun and always lively Balboa Park.
A popular pooch is admired by humans. A typical scene in fun and always lively Balboa Park.

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