Tag Archives: Balboa Park

The Old Cactus Garden in Winter

There are two cactus gardens in San Diego’s Balboa Park, one old and the other even older. Both gardens are wonderful but this oldest one is my favorite because it is wild. It is known as the Old Cactus Garden … Continue reading

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Early Morning at the Plaza de Panama

Our Thursday Morning plein air group met at the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. Recently, I noticed this view with a pedestrian walkway connecting the two fountains. It was on my mind as a potential painting and was even … Continue reading

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Balboa Park with the Urban Sketchers

Yesterday afternoon I began to sketch a couple sitting on a log looking over at the gigantic Moreton Bay Fig Tree that dominates Balboa Park’s eastern side as you walk in from the parking lot. An arch from two yellow … Continue reading

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View from Zoro Garden

Zoro Garden is a sunken garden squeezed between two large buildings at Balboa Park. On three sides, it is built up with stonework nooks that shelter plants attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. This view is towards the fourth side and … Continue reading

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Succulent of Unusual Size

I am getting ready to give a demo for the San Diego Urban Sketchers at the end of this month. I’ll be sketching at Balboa Park’s Succulent Garden. It is full of eye-catching plants and land formations and is one … Continue reading

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The Florida Canyon Traihead

One of my favorite San Diego views is the view of the Florida Canyon Trailhead from the Rose Garden at Balboa Park. It is especially compelling in late spring when our rainy season is ending, and the foliage is young … Continue reading

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Palm Canyon’s Ferns, Roots, and Trees

Palm Canyon, in San Diego’s Balboa Park, is multi-level. There is a place you can stand by the roots of a great banyan tree and look across to a pedestrian bridge that goes over it as well and look down … Continue reading

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