Colors of summer at Plumeria Show and Sale!

The Southern California Plumeria Society’s 20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival took place this weekend in Balboa Park!

The festival’s popular flower show and plant sale attracted a huge crowd to the Casa del Prado and its outdoor courtyard. There were many plumeria plants to choose from, plus friendly advice from experts on how to grow them in our soil and climate. Not to mention colorful artwork to purchase, and food and entertainment!

I walked through the event today and took some photos…

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Midsummer celebration at House of Sweden!

During my Sunday walk through Balboa Park, I found myself enjoying the House of Sweden’s lawn program. Summer began several days ago, so they were having a midsummer celebration. Complete with a flower bedecked maypole!

Anticipating the afternoon’s entertainment, a large crowd had gathered on the grass at the center of the International Cottages.

Ladies in folk costume paraded with flags onto the stage and sang the American and Swedish national anthems. Followed by more songs. Different regional dresses were then showcased and explained. Then more music. A group took the stage to perform the popular music of ABBA.

On the patio of the House of Sweden’s cottage, all sorts of crafts, flowers and colorful works of art were on display. Inside the cottage pastries and other treats awaited.

I wandered about, took a few photos.

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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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A beautiful garden untouched by winter.

I walked through the Balboa Park Administrative Courtyard this February morning. As usual, it was quiet. Few people were about.

The grass was green and many flowers were blooming, as if this special place cannot be touched by winter.

In this little-known paradise it always feels like spring.

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Poetic words deepen Balboa Park’s beauty.

Time - Becomes meaningless in the face of Creativity
Time – Becomes meaningless in the face of Creativity

Life’s abundant riches fill Balboa Park.

Walking about, you might happen to encounter a few poetic words. Words that express and deepen the beauty of this very special place . . .

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see - So long lives this and this gives life to thee
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Enjoy the beauty of this day; this moment.
Enjoy the beauty of this day; this moment.
Many people enter our lives for just a little while-- others pause and plant flowers in our hearts that continue to bloom forever.
Many people enter our lives for just a little while– others pause and plant flowers in our hearts that continue to bloom forever.

My Beautiful Sweet Pea - If I had a rose for every time you made me smile and laugh I'd have a garden to walk in forever. You are the sunshine in my life.
My Beautiful Sweet Pea – If I had a rose for every time you made me smile and laugh I’d have a garden to walk in forever. You are the sunshine in my life.

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Glimpses of beauty in the Zoro Garden.

Resting by butterfly murals in Balboa Park's uniquely beautiful Zoro Garden.
Someone rests beside butterfly murals in Balboa Park’s beautiful Zoro Garden.

Today I tried to photograph butterflies in the Zoro Garden. My efforts were mostly in vain.

Flitting butterflies are sudden.

One blink–they’re gone.

So much beauty surrounds us that we miss. So I fill my eyes when I can.

A sudden butterfly . . . a magical moment not seen.
A sudden butterfly . . . a moment not seen.

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Oil painted beauty in the Botanical Building.

I had some creative fun today!

After taking a bunch of photographs in Balboa Park’s wonderful Botanical Building, I applied GIMP’s Oilify filter to selected images. Photos of natural beauty now suddenly appear like oil paintings!

I framed leaves, flowers, color and light. My computer did the rest!

I love to walk.

I love to take photos.

I love to discover new things.

But more than anything, I love creative writing!

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