Balboa Park: a photographer’s nirvana

I was in absolute heaven… A place where it was not only a delight to stroll in but a photographer’s dream.

Nestled in center city San Diego, Balboa park began in 1835 as a  natural reserve. It then became the site of two international expositions; the 1915 Panama-California exposition and the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition.  Sprinkled along this 1,200 acre park are numerous museums, gardens and cultural centers such as theaters, a Starlight bowl and a stadium. Right next door to all of this is the world-famous San Diego zoo.

The old buildings are very ornate, embellished by many fancy details. You could literally spend hours walking through and looking at the decor.
I loved this park and I hope that you will love these shots:

Park entrance, with for backdrop, the California tower. The San Diego Museum of Man is housed in the dome structure.

The Botanical building.

Dome inside the Botanical building.

A subtile play between light and shadows among Christmas Poinsettias; the Botanical building.

Ornate carvings on the Casa del Prado.

Tiled dome and palm trees.

The charm of stone and floral embellishments.

Detailed sculpture commemorating the founding of California’s first Mission in 1769, the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

Please check out my next post Friday.



16 thoughts on “Balboa Park: a photographer’s nirvana

  1. Absolutely beautiful. Especially the Casa del Prado. You don’t often come across Spanish style architecture back in the East – ok, never! I have never been to San Diego, but some of the architecture reminds me of square in Sonoma, though definitely not to that extent.

    1. Hi Bijoux,

      The architecture is a pure treat. It is in the Spanish style, with white buildings,domes, and these baroque like heavy features. You are right; that particular style does not come up often back East. Same for the houses; some of the traditional ones still exist in SD.

      See you again soon 😉

  2. Oh what a treat! 🙂

    Gorgeous architecture and just a peaceful feel to it. I love how you captured the light and shadows.
    I’m all warm now. LOL

    1. Hi Mel,

      Thank you ;).
      I told you that this was a photographer’s “nirvana”. You barely know what to shoot with all the elements and sunshine.
      I am glad that I sent some cyber warmth your way 🙂

  3. WOW! STUNNING shots, Barb!

    The blue sky is breathtaking!

    I especially enjoyed the ones inside the Botanical building. The lighting and shadows are fab-u-lous!

    I’ve never been to San Diego before, but have always heard how beautiful it is and that the weather is perfect year round – never too hot, never too cold.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend! Thoroughly enjoyed!

    So glad you’re back!

    ((((( Barb )))))

    Have a great week!


  4. Hi Ronnie,

    Oh, how you would have loved this place!! Beauty,history and blue skies. I didn’t see squirrels, though.
    You are so right about the mild S Cali weather though it was “nippy ” the last days over there(50’s lower 40’s; bah; nuttin’ realy cold for a Philly lad).

    You are very welcome as usual. Have a good day and don’t let the turkeys bite!


  5. Wow Barbara, thank you for sharing these fabulous photos with us all, looks amazing.. Yes I am sure you could of walked and walked around here for hours 🙂

    1. Hi Anne,

      Thank you my dear. It is always a pleasure to share.
      This is such a marvelous spot and yes, we could have spent hours, not counting the zoo.
      A definate MUST to anyone passing through, even as an armchair traveler.


  6. Brilliant photos! Looooove the dome and the poinsettias especially — and looks like you had a great visit which is even better!

    Cheers and happy travels and happy homecoming 🙂

    1. Hi C&C,

      Thank you! I loved being at Balboa park. Isn’t that botanical place wonderful?? It was so sunny and the shadows were fascinating to work with, too.
      You can follow the rest of the pics. In the meanwhile, enjoy the calm and see you soon.

      Hugs and cheers back to the two of ya!

  7. Hi Zhu,

    Oh yes, it was very green and very lush! To remind us all in colder places that SD’s weather is wonderfully mild during winter. It did get very chilly the last days over there(50’s range) but still very mile compared to way up North.

    Enjoy 🙂

  8. Brigitte-
    You are too kind; imagine a real walk through here; your head would have been turning in all directions.
    You are also a fab girl and I am happy to have you near home.
    Peace be with you xox

  9. Welcome Bethany,
    A friend of Amanda’s is a friend of mine. I just LOVED this park! I understand you missing it; it is perfecto just to walk through,enjoy the sun & the peeps.
    Happy holidays to ya!

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