Photos of beauty inside the Botanical Building.

Yesterday I strolled through Balboa Park’s Botanical Building. No matter where I aimed my camera, beauty waited.

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Beauty created at every turn in Balboa Park.

Skilled artisan in the Casa del Prado creates a beautiful ceramic pot for a bonsai.
Skilled artist creates a beautiful ceramic pot for a bonsai. His wheel turns with a purpose.

If you thirst for beauty, simply wander through Balboa Park.

Follow that twisting path.

Smell a flower.

Poke your nose into a building.

Turn a sudden corner.

Look up.

Look down.

Close your eyes and spin around.

Open your eyes.

An exhibition in Balboa Park's Casa del Prado presented by the San Diego Bonsai Club. Bringing forth carefully pruned beauty from nature's infinite, eternal beauty.
An exhibition in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado presented by the San Diego Bonsai Club. Bringing forth carefully pruned beauty from nature’s infinite, eternal beauty.
Uplifting music on a carefree Sunday by the Botanical Building.
Creating music on a carefree Sunday by the reflecting pool and Botanical Building.
Painting the beauty before one's eyes in Balboa Park across from the House of Hospitality.
Painting the beauty before one’s eyes in Balboa Park across from the House of Hospitality.
Beautifully sculpted flowers welcome visitors to the San Diego Museum of Art during their Art Alive event.
Beautifully sculpted flowers welcome visitors to the San Diego Museum of Art during their Art Alive event.
Happy music for ears. Tasty crumbs for beaks.
Pleasing notes for ears. Tasty crumbs for beaks.
Heating glass like a small rotating sun in Spanish Village Art Center.
Heating glass until it becomes a small rotating sun in Spanish Village Art Center.
Nature has produced this beautiful gem at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Nature has created this delicate gem at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Fine Japanese ceramics displayed in the garden's Exhibit House. For those that thirst for beauty.
Fine Japanese ceramics displayed in the garden’s Exhibit House. For those with an unquenchable thirst for beauty.

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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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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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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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