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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The Peace Trees of the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is home to a variety of inspiring Peace Trees. These Peace Trees are descendants of trees that miraculously survived the Hiroshima A-Bomb during World War II.

The trees were presented by Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization that spreads the seeds and saplings of Peace Trees to gardens around the world. They are symbols of hope, and the resilience of life, and the victory of human friendship, understanding and peace.

Here are some photos collected over the past couple months. May these Peace Trees grow and thrive in beautiful Balboa Park, where people come together to celebrate the good of humanity.

People walk through the profound beauty of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego.
People walk through the profound beauty of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Wisteria Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Wisteria Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
A walk through the Lower Garden of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
A walk through the Lower Garden of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Chinese Parasol Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Ginko Peace Tree, presented to the Japanese Friendship Garden by Green Legacy Hiroshima, August 2015.
Tending to small bonsai trees in the Upper Garden.
Tending to small bonsai trees in the Upper Garden.
Plaque near Camphor Peace Tree in the Japanese Friendship Garden. In August 15, 2015 the JFG received 15 saplings grown from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Plaque near Camphor Peace Tree in the Japanese Friendship Garden. In August 15, 2015 the JFG received 15 saplings grown from trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The Camphor Peace Tree flourishes in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Proof that life, hope and peace can prosper.
This Camphor Peace Tree flourishes in the Japanese Friendship Garden. Proof that life, hope and peace can prosper.

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Balboa Park’s quiet paradise at Inspiration Point.

Walking through a pleasant arbor in Balboa Park's little-visited Administrative Courtyard on Inspiration Point.
Walking through a pleasant arbor in Balboa Park’s little-visited Administrative Courtyard on Inspiration Point.

I had to revisit one of my favorite corners of Balboa Park. I aimed my feet toward Inspiration Point, then walked slowly into the quiet paradise behind the park’s handsome Administration Building.

I blogged about the Balboa Park Administrative Courtyard when I first stumbled upon it several years ago here. And a mysterious fountain at the center of a nearby pool of water here.

So tranquil. So beautiful. I should have brought a book. I did sit down on a bench for a while, and felt the sun on my face. It’s a corner of heaven in Balboa Park that very few visit.

Gazing up from the lush courtyard toward the top of the nearby Balboa Park Administration Building.
Gazing up from the lush courtyard toward the top of the nearby Balboa Park Administration Building.
As I walk through the arbor, I see one of the cheerful tile roofed gazebos ahead.
As I walk through the arbor, I see one of the cheerful tile roofed gazebos ahead.
One of two old Navy Hospital fountains in the Administrative Courtyard. Years ago this area was part of a huge Navy Hospital campus off of Park Boulevard.
One of two old Navy Hospital fountains in the Administrative Courtyard. Years ago this area was part of a huge Navy Hospital campus off of Park Boulevard.
A peaceful fountain with bubbling water. Special events like weddings can be booked here, but the public seldom visits.
A peaceful fountain with bubbling water. Special events like weddings can be booked here, but the public seldom visits.
Looking across the green lawn at a gazebo.
Looking across the green lawn at a gazebo.
Down some steps south of the courtyard is a small pool with a cherub-like fountain at its center.
Down some steps south of the courtyard is a small pool with a cherub-like fountain at its center.
Several benches are near the water. Nobody comes here. This, too, was once part of the old Navy hospital.
Several benches are near the water. Nobody comes here. This, too, was once part of the old Navy hospital.
Back in the courtyard, where palm trees cast interesting spidery shadows.
Back in the courtyard, where palm trees cast interesting spidery shadows.
One more look up at some colorful, eye-pleasing architecture. Balboa Park contains wonders that few visitors see.
One more look up at some colorful, eye-pleasing architecture. Balboa Park contains wonders that few visitors see.

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Natural beauty in Balboa Park’s Desert Garden.

Here are many photos of natural beauty in Balboa Park’s Desert Garden. This rugged garden, which was created in 1976, contains a huge variety of fascinating cacti and succulents, a few winding paths, and a wide view of Florida Canyon below.

You can find all this beauty just east of Park Boulevard, across the pedestrian bridge near the Plaza de Balboa. The Desert Garden is directly north of the award-winning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden.

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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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Nudist colony recreated in Balboa Park’s Zoro Garden!

Sign warns of simulated nudity at the Zoro Gardens in Balboa Park. It's a one day recreation of the historic 1935 nudist colony, arranged by Parkeology, supported by various art institutions.
Sign warns of simulated nudity at the Zoro Garden in Balboa Park. It’s a one day recreation of the historic 1935 nudist colony, arranged by Parkeology, supported by various art institutions.

The historic 1935 Zoro Garden Nudist Colony was recreated today in Balboa Park!

The unusual one day event was produced by Parkeology, an organization that according to their flyer “is a public art series that excavates sites, stories, and sense of our urban parks”.

In 1935, San Diego opened the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park, trying to replicate the enormous success of the earlier 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The main intent of this “world’s fair” was to promote economic activity during the Great Depression. Various lowbrow entertainments created for the exposition were designed to lure a popular crowd.

Well, today’s recreation of the Zoro Garden Nudist Colony certainly did draw some eyeballs, and a very wide range of reactions!

It was interesting to note most participants appeared to be college age females. The literature suggests the motivation for the event was at least partly political, stating “the reincarnation of the 1935 nudist colony can be an accessible, diverse, intersectional, gender-non-conforming and body positive social experiment.”

One thing I know for certain. Take a walk through lively Balboa Park on any given day and you never know what surprises you might stumble upon!

Visitors to Balboa Park view a reenactment of the nudist colony that was a sensational attraction here during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.
Visitors to Balboa Park view a reenactment of the nudist colony that was a sensational attraction here during the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.
A variety of placid picnic-like activities are undertaken by the supposed naturists. The literature suggests a political motivation--a body positive social experiment.
A variety of placid, picnic-like activities are undertaken by the supposed naturists.
Body suits worn by people in the Zoro Garden simulate nudity.
Flesh-colored bodysuits worn by people in the Zoro Garden simulate naked bodies.
A variety of reactions are provoked by this rather unusual sight in San Diego's most popular public park.
A variety of reactions were provoked by this rather unusual sight in a public park.
One of the nudist actors photographs another. One thing is for certain--one doesn't see this everyday!
One of the friendly “nude” actors photographs another. Not the sort of performance one often sees!

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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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