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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Magic dahlias explode in Balboa Park!

Blooms like fireworks inside the Casa del Prado. People enjoy a special flower show in Balboa Park, arranged by the San Diego County Dahlia Society.
Blooms like fireworks inside the Casa del Prado. People enjoy a magical flower show in Balboa Park, organized by the San Diego County Dahlia Society.

If you’d like to see something beautiful, take a look at these photographs. I was fortunate to capture some magic this afternoon inside the Casa del Prado. That’s where the San Diego County Dahlia Society was having a flower show.

Someone peers into an open door at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park. Magic awaits inside.
A visitor to Balboa Park peers through an open door. Magic awaits inside.
A burst of exquisite beauty.
An explosion of exquisite beauty.

Delicate white petals.
Delicate white petals.

My camera by sheer accident took the artistic photograph that you see here!
My camera by accident took the photograph that you see here! Must be magic!

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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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Images of summer’s magic in Balboa Park.

Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park gaze down from atop the California Tower.

I have the day off from work today. So I took a long walk through Balboa Park.

Summer is a special time in the park. So many happy people and lively, sunlit scenes; so much beauty and unexpected wonder. I couldn’t stop taking pictures.

These bright summer days shimmer with magic.

Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre's summer season!
Time to hang banners for the Old Globe Theatre’s summer season!
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
Pink begonias in splashes of sunlight.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A vivid reflection in a rear window of the San Diego Museum of Art.
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
A white dandelion puff almost ready to launch!
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer's day.
Folks head to and from the Plaza de Panama on a magical summer’s day.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum.
Photo taken near the Timken Museum of Art.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. One piece of historical Balboa Park decorative art now located in the Casa del Prado's Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Original staff plaster grotesque mask, from the 1914 Varied Industries Building. Art now located in the Casa del Prado’s Panama-California Sculpture Court.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Photo of Fleet Science Center building from grass near Park Boulevard.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Someone plays sax under a shady tree, by the parking lot beside the San Diego Natural History Museum.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
I just happened to see this small miracle as I walked along in the park.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Getting ready to start the Balboa Park Carousel.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
Face painted on patio tile in Spanish Village Art Center.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers inside one of the small artist studios.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
A fun bench in Spanish Village shows a painter in action.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Lunchtime at the Village Grill.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today--in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Colorful sign near an entrance to the House of Hospitality shows what Prado Perk offers today–in addition to sunshine and happiness.
Arches and bougainvillea.
Looking up at arches and bougainvillea.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera quickly around for a quick pic.
As I departed the Plaza de Panama, I swung my camera around for a quick pic.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of one of several wedding kimonos on display at the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Detail of another very beautiful wedding kimono.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park's serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Gardener at work in Balboa Park’s serene Japanese Friendship Garden.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia's exquisite beauty.
Close look in the garden at a magnolia’s exquisite beauty.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Lively art near the entrance to the Centro Cultural de la Raza.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.
A winged face takes flight across the colorful WorldBeat Cultural Center mural.

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Painting a steampunk musician and his street organ!

Friendly gentleman plays his 20 pipe street organ named Misty in Balboa Park.
Friendly gentleman plays his 20 pipe street organ named Misty in Balboa Park.

Another wonderful day in Balboa Park. I took lots of photos.

As I walked past the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, I paused for a bit to talk to the creator of a small 20 pipe street organ named Misty. The gentleman, dressed in steampunk gear, was pleased to demonstrate his musical instrument. He made it from a kit. Now he’s inventing another organ of his own design. Using air compressed by a bellows, the music is generated from a perforated paper roll that is turned by hand.

An organ grinder's monkey in a glittery, patriotic hat! I took this photo on a later visit to Balboa Park.
An organ grinder’s monkey in a glittery, patriotic hat! (I took this photo on a later visit to Balboa Park.)

Nearby, a talented artist was painting the musician’s portrait, daubing her canvas with bright color. I felt as if I were walking through a childhood dream, filled with surprising, fanciful sights and sounds.

New wonders await around every corner in Balboa Park!

An artist paints the pipe organ and its friendly creator.
An artist paints the pipe organ and its friendly creator.

UPDATE!

Jim Coffee is the musician–he left a comment! And he actually built the organ from scratch! My misunderstanding!

Very cool!

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Beautiful cherry blossoms at Japanese Friendship Garden.

The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.
The cherry blossoms are opening in bunches at the Japanese Friendship Garden in early March.

The Japanese cherry trees in Balboa Park are beginning to really blossom!

This morning I walked through the canyon at the Japanese Friendship Garden and took in the indescribable, almost heavenly beauty. Then I sat down near the Inamori Pavilion, in the perfect mood to reflect and write.

Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Beauty springs forth like a miracle.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
Pink blooms in blue San Diego sky.
A small bird enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
A small bird high on one branch enjoys the newly opened cherry blossoms.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
People look up in wonder at a magical Japanese cherry tree.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.
The grove of Japanese cherry trees in the canyon is starting to put on a great show.

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What did I write?

A philosophical short story titled The Child and the Koi.

A world-class rose garden in full spring bloom.

The world-class Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park was in full bloom on Easter Sunday.
The world-class Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park was in full bloom on Easter Sunday.

Today I visited a very special place. I took a slow stroll through the amazingly beautiful Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park. It also happens to be Easter Sunday. Many people were enjoying the vibrant colors. The rose garden is in gorgeous, full spring bloom.

The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is truly world-class. It has won so many prestigious awards, signs and plaques appear all over the garden singing its praises. Just walking about randomly, I noticed this garden has been inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World’s Rose Garden Hall of Fame, has earned the Public Rose Garden Award from All-America Rose Selections, has gained an Award of Garden Excellence from the World Federation of Rose Societies, and goodness knows what else!

And here I am, someone who knows next to nothing about roses. I suppose I should have recorded the many varieties that I photographed–but it was too warm and perfect outside, and I simply didn’t feel that motivated. The beauty was enough.

And believe me, there was an abundance of beauty!

Plaque among roses reads: This garden is dedicated to the memory of Inez Grant Parker . . . 1975
Plaque among roses reads: This garden is dedicated to the memory of Inez Grant Parker . . . 1975
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego enter the large, amazing rose garden just east of Park Boulevard.
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego enter the large, amazing rose garden just east of Park Boulevard.
During the spring, the roses are in full bloom. Brilliant colors can be seen everywhere one turns.
During the spring, the roses are in full bloom. Brilliant colors can be seen everywhere one turns.
Someone is wearing Easter Bunny ears in the rose garden! A perfect, special day in the sunshine.
Someone is wearing Easter Bunny ears in the rose garden! A perfect, special day in the sunshine.
My camera seemed quite attracted to yellow blooms. They are like sunshine, grown from the rich Earth.
My camera seemed quite attracted to yellow blooms. They are like sunshine, grown from the rich Earth.
Even the white fence around the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden's small maintenance area is bedecked with glorious color.
Even the white fence around the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden’s small maintenance area is bedecked with glorious color.
A bright red rose. Many buds have yet to open on this late March day.
A bright red rose. Many buds have yet to open on this late March day.
People stroll slowly among the beautiful rose displays. Many take photographs. Young and old are touched. Many bend down to smell the sweet scent.
People stroll slowly among the beautiful rose displays. Many take photographs. Young and old are touched. Many bend down to smell the sweet scent.
Many varieties of rose can be spotted in this truly fantastic, multiple award-winning garden.
Many varieties of rose can be spotted in this truly fantastic, multiple award-winning garden.
Photo across Park Boulevard toward the Natural History Museum, one of many attractions in Balboa Park.
Photo across Park Boulevard toward the Natural History Museum, one of many attractions in Balboa Park.
A sea of brilliant color. A walk in this garden is like moving through a beautiful dream.
A sea of brilliant color. A walk in this garden is like moving through a beautiful dream.
These deep purple roses really caught my eye. They appear to be made of velvet.
These deep purple roses really caught my eye. They appear to be made of velvet.
Cheerful blooms smile up at those who pass by.
Cheerful blooms smile up at those who pass by.
Many paths among the roses invite a casual stroll. Benches invite relaxation and meditation.
Many paths among the roses invite a casual stroll. Benches allow for relaxation and meditation.
Yellow, pinks, reds, oranges, whites, every color of the rainbow, it seems, have sprouted like magic.
Yellow, pinks, reds, oranges, whites.  Every color of the rainbow, it seems, has sprouted in this one special place like sudden magic.
One cheerfully blooming sun in a whole universe of bright colors.
One cheerfully blooming sun in a whole universe of bright colors.
A stroll through this amazing garden brings one closer to deeper, more important things in life.
A stroll through this amazing garden brings one closer to deeper, more important things in life.
Everyone loves roses. Photographers and bicyclists, alike!
Everyone loves roses. Photographers and bicyclists, alike!
Come to this amazing Balboa Park rose garden during the blooming season and it will take your breath away.
Come to this amazing Balboa Park rose garden during the blooming season and it will take your breath away.
Fields of beauty.
Fields of beauty.
The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden overlooks Balboa Park's less-developed Florida Canyon area. Blue sky and a few clouds today.
The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden overlooks Balboa Park’s less-developed Florida Canyon area. Blue sky and a few clouds today.
A world-class rose garden, free to the public in Balboa Park.
A world-class rose garden, free to the public in Balboa Park.
Roses like snow on a spring day.
A flurry of white roses, like snow on a spring day.
Delicate beauty. A miracle.
Delicate beauty. A miracle.
Roses enough to fill the spirit to overflowing.
Roses enough to fill the spirit to overflowing.
This one is for you, my reader.
This one is for you, my reader.

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