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Balboa Park
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:28 PM »
Balboa Park Carousel



Located at the entrance to the San Diego Zoo, the Balboa Park Carousel has delighted visitors, young and old, for nearly 100 years.



The menagerie of colorful animals was hand-carved in 1910 at the Herschell-Spillman factory in New York. The carousel was shipped to Los Angeles and installed in Luna Park. In 1912 it was moved to Coronado, and finally to San Diego's Balboa Park in 1922.



Originally situated at the east end of El Prado, it was moved to its current spot near the zoo, in 1968. All of its original features are intact today, including the 58 seats, the colorful paintings, and military band organ.






Revolving at a brisk, 13 mph, the carousel is one of the few left in the world with an operational brass ring game.





















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Re: Balboa Park Carousel
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 04:14 PM »
Gotta love the whimsical nature of this beautiful carousel. Loaded with animals one doesn't normally associate with riding: chickens, dogs & cats, frogs, etc.

Re: Balboa Park Carousel
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2018, 11:36 AM »
we could only hope for something like this in PlanCo

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Re: Balboa Park (Minature Railroad)
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 03:02 PM »
Balboa Park Miniature Railroad



Operated by the San Diego Zoo, the Balboa Park Railroad takes guests on a 3 minute, ½-mile trip through a four acre, wooded area of the park.



The train is a model G16 - now a rare antique with as few as fifty currently remaining.



All aboard!








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Re: Balboa Park (Rose Garden)
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 04:08 PM »
Rose Garden



The Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden is a popular spot for tourists. This three acre garden typically displays 1,600 roses in several hundred varieties. The gardens are maintained year long by a staff of about 45 volunteers.



The gardens sit atop a canyon, providing a great view of the surrounding landscape.



A layout of the gardens is posted that shows where each an every variety of rose is planted.



You'll find various themed gardens such as the Rosie the Riveter garden.



The Fountain Garden



I'm not exactly sure what to call this structure...It's a huge gazebo with roses planted around it and on top.






In the central hub, beneath the gazebo. A nice place to relax and simply "stop and smell the roses". :)



You'll often find the local squirrels hanging out here.



I took some photos of a few of the many varieties of roses. This is the Crimson Bouquet.



Easy Does It



Eternal Flame



Eureka



Ketchup and Mustard



Love Song



Marmalade Skies



Rosie the Riveter



Sugar Moon



Take It Easy



Rose Garden panorama shot. (right click to enlarge)


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Re: Balboa Park (Rose Garden)
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 09:08 PM »
Some nice roses here. The Ketchup and Mustard rose struck my funnybone. I'm not sure what to call that structure either. Some sort of pergola maybe? A merry-go-round after all the horsies ran off? :P
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Re: Balboa Park (Spanish Village)
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2018, 02:50 PM »
Spanish Village






The Spanish Village was originally built in 1935 for the second California Pacific International Exposition. In 1937, the Village reopened as an art destination by a group of dedicated artists.



Today the Village continues to be a thriving community of over 200 local artisans. Independently juried local painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, jewelry designers, clay artists, gourd artists, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, basket makers, mixed-media artists, glass artists, enamel artists and many more can be found here, showcasing their art.



A map of the village.






Many art leagues take up residence here, like the Southwestern Artists Association.



The San Diego Mineral and Gem Society



A display case inside the Mineral and Gem building.



The Art Glass Guild



The Potter's Guild



Hand-made pottery is on display (and sold) here.



There are all sorts of nooks and alleyways to explore.



Entrance to the Sculptor's Guild.



More artist's studios.









Daniel's Coffee serves hot coffee, iced coffee, smoothies, lemonade, hot chocolate, and other assorted beverages.



This gazebo in the central courtyard provides a great place for guests to sit and relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.
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Re: Balboa Park (Spanish Village)
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2018, 04:25 PM »
This place has such a magical look and feel to it. While at the same time, it seems very welcoming and casual (not to mention colorful!)

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Re: Balboa Park (Moreton Bay Fig)
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2018, 01:31 PM »
Moreton Bay Fig



Right outside the Spanish Village is what is probably one of Southern California's most famous trees. The Moreton Bay Fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) is listed in the California Registry of Big Trees as one of the champion trees of the state. It even has its own Yelp page!



Planted in preparation for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the Australian native tree has grown to a height of approximately 80 feet, with a canopy width of 145 feet, and a trunk girth of 42 feet. It is estimated to be 108 years old.



In days gone by, it was a popular spot for kids and tourists to climb and play upon its magnificent roots. But the tree began to decline due to damage to these surface-feeding roots, and the tree was fenced off in 1989.



Happily, it has returned to its healthy state today, and remains a Balboa Park icon.



While there are several Moreton Bay Figs planted throughout Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, this one is by far the most magnificent.
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