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Inside the Botanical Building at Balboa Park

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san diego balboa park botanical buildingIn September I was in San Diego for a seminar. As always, I took a couple of extra days on my own to wander around, explore and take photos.

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I had planned to spend one whole day in Balboa Park so all during the seminar I was looking forward to that.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I left my hotel early in the morning for what I figured would be a forty five minute walk to the park.

san diego balboa park botanical building

But San Diego (like the rest of Southern California) was sweltering in a heat wave AND I didn’t realize it was all uphill.

san diego balboa park botanical building

So after twenty minutes and already getting soggy in the unusual humidity, I hopped on the nearest bus.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I arrived before any of the museums were officially opened which was great as that meant there weren’t a lot of people around either.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I was one of the first people in the Botanical Building as soon as the doors opened.

san diego balboa park botanical building

Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon (photos of that in another post), the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world.

san diego balboa park botanical building

Plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms.

san diego balboa park botanical building

The Botanical Building also contains some of the Park’s seasonal flower displays.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I had fun pointing my camera in different directions.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I started out with my workhorse 18-135mm lens then walked around a second time with my 60mm macro.

san diego balboa park botanical building

It was very peaceful inside the building. And relatively cool. I knew that outside the day was already heating up.

san diego balboa park botanical building

I wanted to linger but there was a lot more of the park I wanted to see.

san diego balboa park botanical building

Click an image below to start the slideshow for the rest of the photos.


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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

4 thoughts on “Inside the Botanical Building at Balboa Park

  1. MAGnificent photography!

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  2. Thank you Bonnie, I always appreciate your comments!

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