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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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.

You might enjoy these colorful photos.

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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Magic in Balboa Park as night falls.

Walking down toward the Spreckels Organ Pavilion as night approaches in Balboa Park.
Walking down toward the Spreckels Organ Pavilion as night approaches in Balboa Park.

I got off work a bit early today, so I took an evening walk through Balboa Park. Few people were still about as darkness began to descend. Just an ordinary Thursday in early February–a quiet time of year.

I managed to capture a few photos of Balboa Park’s wonderful magic as night fell.

North side of the House of Charm and Alcazar Garden. The lights have come on along El Prado.
North side of the House of Charm and Alcazar Garden. The lights have come on along El Prado.
Beautiful light shines from the facade of Casa del Prado.
Beautiful light shines from the facade of Casa del Prado.
Balboa Park visitors walk along El Prado as darkness nears.
Balboa Park visitors walk along El Prado as darkness nears.
Golden light behind the second story arches of the Casa del Prado.
Golden light behind the second story arches of the Casa del Prado.
Few people remain in the Japanese Friendship Garden as darkness falls. All is quiet and very beautiful.
Few people remain in the Japanese Friendship Garden as darkness falls. All is quiet and very beautiful.
Night produces rare magic near the Exhibit House at Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden.
Night produces rare magic near the Exhibit House at Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden.
The ornate facade of the Museum of Man becomes rich with color when lit at night.
The ornate facade of the Museum of Man becomes rich with depth and color when lit at night.
Photo through arches of lights illuminating the outdoor patio of The Prado at Balboa Park, a fine restaurant located in the House of Hospitality.
Photo through arches of lights illuminating the outdoor patio of The Prado at Balboa Park, a fine restaurant located in the House of Hospitality.
The House of Charm, home to the Mingei Museum, like a glowing dream in the darkness.
The House of Charm, home to the Mingei International Museum, like a glowing dream in the darkness.

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Master Gardeners of San Diego in Balboa Park.

An exhibition for garden novices as well as green thumbs at the San Diego Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale.
An exhibition for garden novices as well as green thumbs at the San Diego Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale in Balboa Park.

The Master Gardeners of San Diego held their annual Fall Plant Sale today. The event took place at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, and included a number of educational displays in one of the building’s two courtyards.

I wandered about, spoke to some participants, and learned a whole lot about gardening in Southern California. Click on the photographs of posters to read them! You’ll find lots of useful information!

The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County had educational displays in the exterior courtyard of Balboa Park's Casa del Prado.
The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County had educational displays in the exterior courtyard of Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado.
Numerous posters provided helpful information about gardening, particularly in Southern California.
Numerous posters provided helpful information about gardening, particularly in Southern California.
The Master Gardener's unique School Garden Program assists teachers in starting and maintaining gardens at San Diego schools.
The Master Gardener’s unique School Garden Program assists teachers in starting and maintaining gardens at San Diego schools.
In San Diego, plants native to Southern California require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and work. They provide wildlife with their natural habitat.
In San Diego, plants native to Southern California require less water, fertilizer, pesticides and work. They provide wildlife with their natural habitat.
People at the Master Gardener's Fall Plant Sale learn how to easily propagate certain plants.
People at the Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale learn how to easily propagate certain plants.
Pests in a garden include aphids, hornworms and brown snails. Friends include lady beetles, spiders and green lacewings.
Pests in a garden include aphids, hornworms and brown snails. Friends include lady beetles, spiders and green lacewings.
Butterflies have beautiful wings of wonder. Several types of butterfly can be spotted around San Diego.
Butterflies have beautiful wings of wonder. Several types of butterfly can be spotted around San Diego.
Curious eyes regard a small caterpillar.
Curious eyes regard a small caterpillar.
Artwork produced by young hands at San Diego's Girls' Rehabilitation Facility, where there is a community garden maintained by youth who benefit from a very positive activity.
Artwork produced by young hands at San Diego’s Juvenile Hall. ┬áThe Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility has a community garden maintained by youth who benefit from a very positive activity.
Fun, creative birdhouses await a new home at the San Diego Master Gardener's Fall Plant Sale.
Fun, creative birdhouses await a new home at the San Diego Master Gardener’s Fall Plant Sale.
Plants for sale everywhere! So much to see, and to learn!
Plants for sale everywhere! So much to see, and to learn!

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Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park!

Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park's colorful Spanish Village Art Center.
Another picture perfect day in Balboa Park’s colorful Spanish Village Art Center.

Any day is a good day in Balboa Park. Bring a camera, and your day is certain to be picture perfect!

I took almost all of these photos today during a long walk through the beautiful park. I took the photograph of folks singing and playing music in the House of Ireland on another wonderful Sunday a few months ago.

The sun shines on the California Building's tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
The sun shines on the California Building’s tile dome and the California Tower in Balboa Park. Many architectural styles are combined in this iconic San Diego landmark.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park's reflecting pool.
Gazing out from the Botanical Building at people enjoying Balboa Park’s reflecting pool.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
A bee in a flower behind the San Diego Museum of Art.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado's two towers from the beautiful building's courtyard.
Rear view of the Casa del Prado’s two towers from the beautiful building’s courtyard.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Fantastic ornamentation along the roof of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
A street artist shows his work near the entrance to Spanish Village.
A street artist shows his spray paint art near the entrance to Spanish Village.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
The colorful front entrance of Studio 18, which is serves as the office of Spanish Village Art Center.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Ebullience is the operative word at Studio 13 in Spanish Village.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
Someone riding the historic Balboa Park carousel receives a friendly wave.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction's 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A display outside the Balboa Park carousel includes a photo from the historic attraction’s 100 year anniversary back in 2010.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
A family visiting Balboa Park learns how to operate the electric wicker cart Electriquettes.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
Visitors study a map of enormous Balboa Park at an information kiosk.
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up an appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there's so much to choose from!
A sunny day and lots of walking builds up one’s appetite. Popcorn, lemonade, hot dogs, nachos, ice cream . . . there’s so much to choose from!
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Part of the facade of the Casa del Prado. Balboa Park made the highly ornate Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture popular.
Lots of life on El Prado. It's wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
Lots of life on El Prado. It’s wonderful to simply stroll through the park.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
An athletic street performer wows the crowd with amazing moves in the Plaza de Panama.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park's House of Hospitality.
Purple blooms enhance the beauty of Balboa Park’s House of Hospitality.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A lavender flower along the walking path near the Japanese Friendship Garden.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
People relax and dine on the patio of the Japanese Tea Pavilion.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
A curious visitor checks out the interior of the House of Ireland at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
Music and song inside the House of Ireland on a typical Sunday.
It's another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.
It’s another picture perfect day near the Bea Evenson Fountain in the Plaza de Balboa.

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Beautiful orchids on display in Balboa Park.

An award-winning bloom is showcased at the San Diego County Orchid Society's show and sale in Balboa Park.
An award-winning bloom is showcased at the San Diego County Orchid Society’s show and sale in Balboa Park.

Most Sundays I find myself randomly wandering around Balboa Park. Last weekend I spied an intriguing sign outside the Casa del Prado, so naturally I had to investigate. The San Diego County Orchid Society was having their summer show and sale!

I was stunned by the large number of beautiful orchids on display, and the incredible variety. I paused for a bit by an exhibit of award-winning orchids and tried to take some decent photographs.

The San Diego County Orchid Society's summer show in Balboa Park's Casa del Prado attracted many flower lovers.
The San Diego County Orchid Society’s summer show in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado attracted many flower lovers.
An exotic, award-winning Paphiopedilum Chiu Hua Dancer.
An exotic, award-winning Paphiopedilum Chiu Hua Dancer.
Beautiful orchids in a row are a treat for the eye.
Beautiful orchids in a row are a treat for the eye.
Close-up photo of a Psychopsis Mendenhall butterfly orchid.
Close-up photo of a Psychopsis Mendenhall butterfly orchid.
A huge variety of orchids were being enjoyed by visitors to the summer show in Balboa Park.
A huge variety of orchids were being enjoyed by visitors to the summer show in Balboa Park.
An award-winning Paphiopedilum Prime Child orchid hybrid.
An award-winning Paphiopedilum Prime Child orchid hybrid.
A beautiful Catasetum Frilly Doris orchid.
A beautiful Catasetum Frilly Doris orchid.
One of many award-winning orchids on display during the San Diego County Orchid Society's show and sale in Balboa Park.
One of many colorful, award-winning orchids on display during the San Diego County Orchid Society’s show and sale in Balboa Park.

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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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