A glorious sunrise above Balboa Park.

Sunrise paints the San Diego sky east of Balboa Park's tree-lined El Prado.
Sunrise paints the San Diego sky east of Balboa Park’s tree-lined El Prado.

Please enjoy some beautiful photos of sunrise at Balboa Park. I took them early this morning.

I walked east down El Prado as the sun broke above the horizon, then turned around at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and walked back to the west end of the park, where I caught my bus for work.

The rising sun's golden rays illuminate morning clouds.
The rising sun’s golden rays illuminate morning clouds.
Sunrise and clouds are reflected beautifully in the tranquil Bea Evenson Fountain on the Plaza de Balboa.
Sunrise and clouds are reflected beautifully in the tranquil Bea Evenson Fountain on the Plaza de Balboa.
Fire in the sky.
Fire in the sky. I then turned around.
The first light of the sun is reflected from three high east windows of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The first light of the sun is reflected from windows of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Early morning sunlight on the iconic California Tower in Balboa Park.
Early morning sunlight on the iconic California Tower in Balboa Park.
A few people take a morning stroll through the Plaza de Panama. A glorious new day has begun.
A few people take a morning stroll through the Plaza de Panama. A glorious new day has begun.

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Nature photos: MOPA’s Genesis in Balboa Park.

Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work, contains many stunning images.
Genesis, an exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work, contains many stunning images.

The Museum of Photographic Art’s current exhibition titled Genesis contains dozens of magnificent photographs. I enjoyed this exhibition in May. MOPA was one of several Balboa Park museums that I visited during that month’s Big Exchange promotion.

Some signs have appeared in the Plaza de Panama which show a few of these visually stunning photographs. Genesis contains the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who captures the raw, wild beauty of unspoiled nature and the simplicity of people untouched by modernity. The photographs take one’s breath away. They make one yearn for a simpler, more primal, more natural existence.

Of course, the funny thing is that the exquisite photographs themselves were created with a modern instrument, and their exhibition and transmission to thousands or millions of people relies on technology–the product of accumulated human knowledge and aspiration.

A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
A photograph from the Museum of Photographic Arts in the Plaza de Panama.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
One of my favorite images by Sebastião Salgado shows penguins leaping into the ocean.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
Photograph of the Grand Canyon, one of many stunning images in the Genesis exhibition at MOPA.
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado
I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. Sebastião Salgado

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Balboa Park becomes more beautiful one Friday morning.

San Diego Park and Recreation Department workers paint a wall one Friday morning in Balboa Park.
San Diego Park and Recreation Department workers paint a wall in Balboa Park one Friday morning.

During my walk through Balboa Park this morning, I saw lots of people out and about working to beautify the park. It’s Friday, which means another busy weekend is just around the corner…

Cleaning the Plaza de California near the Museum of Man with a blower.
Cleaning the Plaza de California near the Museum of Man with a blower.
Another worker clears leaves with a blower by the Niki de Saint Phalle Nikigator sculpture.
Another worker clears leaves and litter with a blower by the Niki de Saint Phalle Nikigator sculpture.
Working on some underground repairs in the outdoor courtyard of the House of Hospitality, near Donal Hord's sculpture Woman of Tehuantepec.
Working on some underground repairs in the outdoor courtyard of the House of Hospitality, near Donal Hord’s iconic sculpture Woman of Tehuantepec.
Restoration work if being done on this facade by the reflecting pool. Sadly, a vandal must have climbed the scaffolding and spray painted graffiti.
Restoration work if being done on this facade by the reflecting pool. Sadly, a vandal must have climbed the scaffolding and spray painted graffiti.
Raking between enormous roots behind the Botanical Building!
Raking between enormous roots behind the Botanical Building!
Some work is going on to fix up the front entrance of the San Diego History Center.
Some work is going on to fix up the front entrance of the San Diego History Center.
More leaf blowing in the Plaza de Panama.
More leaf blowing in the Plaza de Panama near the Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden Court.
A Park and Rec worker gathers up some garbage one Friday morning, preparing for the weekend.
A Park and Rec worker gathers up some garbage one Friday morning, preparing for the inevitable weekend crowds.
A tree trimming service removes fallen eucalyptus trees in Palm Canyon. This year's winter storms have knocked many large trees over.
A tree trimming service removes fallen eucalyptus trees in Palm Canyon. This year’s winter storms have knocked many large trees over.
Some of the enormous eucalyptus trunks weigh many tons.
Some of the enormous eucalyptus trunks weigh many tons.
A truck dumps mulch, with the Balboa Park Club rising in the background.
A truck dumps mulch, with the Balboa Park Club rising in the background.
Mowing the green lawn at the International Cottages.
Mowing the green lawn at the International Cottages one quiet Friday morning.

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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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San Diego Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!

Hard-working member of the San Diego County Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!
Hard-working member of the San Diego County Dahlia Society beautifies Balboa Park!

During my walk through Balboa Park yesterday morning, I noticed some folks gardening around the Plaza de Panama fountain. Members of the San Diego County Dahlia Society were planting dahlias! Volunteers from the society have adopted this plot in Balboa Park. I can’t wait to see the flowers blooming!

A bright smile and a small Gloriosa dahlia, which will soon be planted at the Plaza de Panama fountain.
A bright smile and a small Gloriosa dahlia, which will soon be planted at the Plaza de Panama fountain.
The Friends of Balboa Park's Adopt-A-Plot program welcomes gardening volunteers who make the park that much more beautiful.
The Friends of Balboa Park’s Adopt-A-Plot program welcomes gardening volunteers who make this magical place even more beautiful.
The Plaza de Panama fountain plaque, dated 1995.
The Plaza de Panama fountain plaque, dated 1995.
Pots contain young dahlias, ready to be planted around the fountain. I was told by one society member that there are several varieties, that will grow to different sizes.
Pots contain young dahlias, ready to be planted around the fountain. I was told by one society member there are several varieties, that will grow to different sizes.
Unselfishly working to beautify Balboa Park on a sunny Saturday morning in San Diego!
Unselfishly working to beautify Balboa Park on a sunny Saturday morning in San Diego!  Thank you!

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Art of the Open Air in beautiful Balboa Park.

A monumental sculpture with two determined faces. Border Crossing/Cruzando El Rio Bravo, 1989, Luis Jiménez.
A monumental sculpture with two determined faces. Border Crossing/Cruzando El Rio Bravo, 1989, Luis Jiménez.

I urge anyone in San Diego to visit the Art of the Open Air exhibit now running in Balboa Park. Fifteen monumental sculptures by important artists are currently on display in the Plaza de Panama and inside the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. These works belong to the San Diego Museum of Art.

In case you can’t see them in person, here are some photos of the sculptures that are arranged around the Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs provide information about both the artwork and the artists.

Sculpture walk map. Fifteen works by important artists are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art's new exhibit Art of the Open Air.
Sculpture walk map. Fifteen works by important artists are featured in the San Diego Museum of Art’s new exhibit Art of the Open Air.
One of eight signs in the Plaza de Panama, explaining the fascinating outdoor exhibit, which will run in Balboa Park through February 13, 2018.
One of eight signs in the Plaza de Panama, explaining the fascinating outdoor exhibit, which will run in Balboa Park through February 13, 2018.
Seven of the fifteen outdoor sculptures are located in Balboa Park's historic Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs explain the diverse artwork and artists.
Seven of the fifteen outdoor sculptures are located in Balboa Park’s historic Plaza de Panama. Nearby signs explain the diverse artwork and artists.
Visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego check out a large sculpture depicting migrants crossing the Rio Grande.
Visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego check out a large sculpture depicting migrants crossing the Rio Grande.
Artist Luis Jiménez focused on the American Southwest, using vivid colors and materials from popular culture. His work often questioned cultural stereotypes.
Artist Luis Jiménez focused on the American Southwest, using vivid colors and materials from popular culture. His work often questioned cultural stereotypes.
The Watchers, 1960, Lynn Chadwick. Geometric, featureless sculptures that convey human anxiety and distrust.
The Watchers, 1960, Lynn Chadwick. Geometric, featureless sculptures that convey human anxiety and distrust.
Lynn Chadwick, a post-World War II British sculptor, believed that art should be a manifestation of some vital force from the dark.
Lynn Chadwick, a post-World War II British sculptor, believed that art should be a manifestation of some vital force from the dark.
The Prodigal Son, 1905, Auguste Rodin. A sculpture from The Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante's Inferno.
The Prodigal Son, 1905, Auguste Rodin. A sculpture from The Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor inspired by Michelangelo and linked to the Impressionists. He believed sculpture should produce the impression of movement.
Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor inspired by Michelangelo and linked to the Impressionists. He believed sculpture should produce the impression of movement.
Mother and Daughter Seated, 1971, Francisco Zúñiga. Archetype of a mother-daughter pair, rendered both physically and psychologically.
Mother and Daughter Seated, 1971, Francisco Zúñiga. Archetype of a mother-daughter pair, rendered both physically and psychologically.
Francisco Zúñiga created unique artwork that is defined by a fundamental humanism.
Francisco Zúñiga created unique artwork that is defined by a fundamental humanism.
Big Open Skull, 1966-73, Jack Zajac. A monumental bronze sculpture that creates a sense of timelessness.
Big Open Skull, 1966-73, Jack Zajac. A monumental bronze sculpture that creates a sense of timelessness.
Jack Zajac is an American artist who once worked at a steel mill. He is now Sculptor Emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jack Zajac is an American artist who once worked at a steel mill. He is now Sculptor Emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Solar Bird, 1966, Joan Miró. One of the artist's recurring motifs, the bird symbolizes flight and escape, liberty and spirituality.
Solar Bird, 1966, Joan Miró. One of the artist’s recurring motifs, the bird symbolizes flight and escape, liberty and spirituality.
Joan Miró is a famous Spanish artist best known for his Surrealist paintings.
Joan Miró is a famous Spanish artist best known for his Surrealist paintings.
Odyssey III, 1973, Tony Rosenthal. Circular planes made of aluminum are forward-looking, anticipating an adventurous journey.
Odyssey III, 1973, Tony Rosenthal. Circular planes made of aluminum are forward-looking, anticipating an adventurous journey.
Tony Rosenthal is an American artist who created clean lines, pure forms. His sculptures fit the open-air environment of Southern California.
Tony Rosenthal was an American artist who created clean lines, pure forms. His sculptures fit the open-air environment of Southern California.
Fantastic works of art await visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego.
Fantastic works of art await visitors to Balboa Park in San Diego.

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