I had planned to spend one whole day in Balboa Park so all during the seminar I was looking forward to that.
I left my hotel early in the morning for what I figured would be a forty five minute walk to the park.
But San Diego (like the rest of Southern California) was sweltering in a heat wave AND I didn’t realize it was all uphill.
So after twenty minutes and already getting soggy in the unusual humidity, I hopped on the nearest bus.
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.
I was one of the first people in the Botanical Building as soon as the doors opened.
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.
Plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms.
The Botanical Building also contains some of the Park’s seasonal flower displays.
I had fun pointing my camera in different directions.
I started out with my workhorse 18-135mm lens then walked around a second time with my 60mm macro.
It was very peaceful inside the building. And relatively cool. I knew that outside the day was already heating up.
I wanted to linger but there was a lot more of the park I wanted to see.
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