Park Perfect

It was another picture perfect San Diego day…for about two hours in between rain showers so Kongo scooped up his camera bag and scampered over to Balboa Park to try to get a few pictures.  

A clearing sky and palm trees are reflected in the pond in front of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park.
The Botanical Building
Water plants in a koi pond
Water lilies in the reflecting pond
A lonely courtyard just after the rain
Purple water lilies opening to the sun
Towers in Balboa Park
A dog out for a walk is prepared for the rain
Three guys in a corridor who don’t live here anymore
A man walks through one of the many corridors on the main throughway in the park
A view of downtown San Diego from Balboa Park
A weird looking plant in the Botanical Building. I’m hoping someone out there will tell the monkey what it is.
Fountain in Balboa Park. It took nearly ten minutes to frame this picture without someone walking in front of the camera.
Kongo takes a break in the butterfly garden

Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions.  It was laid out in 1868 but wasn’t really developed until 1915 for the Panama – California Exposition and was further developed or the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.  The park buildings are redone in the same style and layout as the original 1915 buildings.

Today, the 1,200 acre park houses open space, green belts, gardens, walking paths, museums, theaters, restaurants, an organ pavilion, and the world famous San Diego Zoo, one of Kongo’s favorite spots.

Balboa Park and its buildings are National Historic Landmarks and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park is a great place to relax, get some exercise, watch people, soak up a bit of culture, and enjoy the outdoors.  Most things are free.

Travel safe.  Have fun.

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