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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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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Colorful photos of 2016 Garden Party in Balboa Park!

Member of Southern California Plumeria Society hands flower to child during Balboa Park's 2016 Garden Party event!
Member of Southern California Plumeria Society hands flower to child during Balboa Park’s 2016 Garden Party event!

Today I enjoyed the Second Annual Garden Party in beautiful Balboa Park! Last year, during the park’s Centennial Celebration, the original Garden Party of the Century was held. It was such a success, a new yearly tradition has been born!

Here are lots of colorful photos! Enjoy!

Sign details happenings during the Garden Party. There was a Floral Wagon Parade, lectures, ranger led tours, folk music, painters, butterfly releases and more!
Sign details happenings during the Garden Party. There was a Floral Wagon Parade, lectures, ranger led tours, folk music, painters, butterfly releases and more!
Beautiful spring flowers near the reflecting pool. Balboa Park's Botanical Building stands in the background.
Beautiful spring flowers near the reflecting pool. Balboa Park’s Botanical Building stands in the background.
The many gardens of Balboa Park certainly merit a party!
The many gardens of Balboa Park certainly merit a party!
People check out dahlias on display at one table along El Prado.
People check out dahlias on display at one table along El Prado.
The San Diego County Iris Society and San Diego Epiphyllum Society also had exhibits at the big Garden Party!
The San Diego County Iris Society and San Diego Epiphyllum Society also had exhibits at the big Garden Party!
Kids check out a bunch of carnivorous plants in Balboa Park!
Kids check out a bunch of carnivorous plants in Balboa Park!
Posters illustrate and classify California native flowers.
Posters illustrate and classify California native flowers.
Folks in Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama relax as the Second Annual Garden Party gets underway with some speeches.
Folks in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama relax as the Second Annual Garden Party gets underway with some speeches.
Balboa Park's Ranger Kim greets Garden Party visitors and introduces several notable speakers.
Balboa Park’s Ranger Kim greets Garden Party visitors and introduces several notable speakers.
A fun Kids Floral Wagon Parade began the party, heading down El Prado. The beautifully decorated wagons were parked in Plaza de Panama for all to admire.
A fun Kids Floral Wagon Parade began the party, heading down El Prado. The beautifully decorated wagons were then parked in Plaza de Panama for all to admire.
A cart full of potted plants and flowers stops near the podium. Ranger Kim is ready for a delivery.
A cart full of potted plants and flowers stops near the podium. Ranger Kim is ready for a delivery.
Young ladies near the plaza's fountain draw flowers.
Young ladies near the plaza’s fountain draw flowers.
This guy on a bike riding down El Prado purchased some Plumeria stems.
This guy on a bike riding down El Prado purchased some Plumeria stems.
Another display concerned Coastal Sage gardening.
Another display concerned Coastal Sage gardening.
A stunning orchid display inside Balboa Park's Botanical Building.
A stunning orchid display inside Balboa Park’s Botanical Building.
Gorgeous orchid blooms.
Gorgeous orchid blooms.
Looking across the Balboa Park reflecting pool on a cloudy spring day in San Diego.
Looking across the Balboa Park reflecting pool on a cloudy spring day in San Diego.
Plein air painting by artist Michelle Gonzalez in Spanish Village. She works in Studio 6.
Plein air painting by artist Michelle Gonzalez in Spanish Village. She works in Studio 6.
Dancers were performing ballet on El Prado during the wonderful Balboa Park Garden Party.
Dancers were performing ballet on El Prado during the wonderful Balboa Park Garden Party.
A large crowd gathered to watch a graceful ballet performance by talented youth.
A large crowd gathered to watch a graceful ballet performance by talented youth.
The Zoro Butterfly Garden was a gathering place for families during the event.
The Zoro Butterfly Garden was a gathering place for families during the event.
A display in the Zoro Garden shows some Balboa Park botanical history.
A display in the Zoro Garden shows some Balboa Park botanical history.
Old photo of Kate Sessions, often called the Mother of Balboa Park. She planted many of the park's original trees that visitors enjoy today
Old photo of Kate Sessions, often called the Mother of Balboa Park. She planted many of the park’s original trees that visitors enjoy today.
The Garden Party included lots of art, creativity, plus an inspiring, hourly butterfly release in the Zoro Garden!
The Garden Party included lots of art, creativity, plus an inspiring, hourly butterfly release in the Zoro Garden!
Flowers and chalk art drawn by kids. The Zoro Garden has come alive.
Flowers and chalk art drawn by kids. The Zoro Garden has come alive.
A butterfly in Balboa Park's Zoro Garden. Perhaps this one was released today!
A butterfly in Balboa Park’s Zoro Garden. Perhaps this one was released today!
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park walk through the Alcazar Garden during the 2016 Garden Party event!
Visitors to beautiful Balboa Park walk through the Alcazar Garden during the 2016 Garden Party event!

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