Friday Night Photos Park Place Edition

Happy Friday everyone. As Always, post any photos you like.

Lets go for a walk through Balboa Park.
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QMS's picture

Thanks for the walk in the park!
The architectural details in the facade on the last picture is amazing!
Seeing gargoyles and symmetry, curlicues, ovals and circles ...
columns and arches galore ..
almost too much to properly describe.

You captured it beautifully.

The bikes look pretty cool too.

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Socialprogressive's picture

@QMS
You're right, QMS, the design work on the Case del Prado is amazing, and it was done with tools and technology from 1915.

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enhydra lutris's picture

and teen, it brings a lot of it back seeing those pics.

Haven't been getting out much and then we had a cooper's hawk roaming around the back yard today for at least 15 minutes and I could never get shot.

Anyway, today was make bread day, so here's 2 each 30% whole wheat 2 pound sourdough loves, fresh from the oven

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be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris
Your sourdough looks delicious. It's making me hungry.

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janis b's picture

Thank you for the tour. Was that ornate, but still beautiful, casa lived in at one time?

I have been absorbed in Kauri stuff.

I have spoken of Kauri before in these threads. For anyone interested in the fascinating, thousands of years old history of this endemic tree, here’s a good article. The tree was highly exploited for its wood, and sent to many countries including the US to help rebuild SF after the 1906 fire.

This is a freshly sawn piece of a Swamp Kauri slab given to me recently as a gift. The slab was kept by a local family for three generations.

FOR TENS OF thousands of years, they lay under the earth, from the Waikato to Cape Reinga: gigantic trees toppled in their prime, embalmed in the peat bogs of the north, silent and still.

In the middle ground, slightly obscured by a light mist, is one Kauri stand I have the pleasure of looking at. It is around 125 years old, Thankfully they are looking healthier these past two years than they had before, due to Kauri dieback.

This is Tane Mahuta, estimated age is 1250-2500 years old.

And for a close look at Kauri floorboards, here is a photo I took today after oiling.

Have a good weekend all.

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@janis b
I don't know if the casa was lived in, but I do know it and many other buildings in the park were built for the 1915 Panama-California exposition.
Your Kauri wood is beautiful. Thanks for the info and the link.

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@Socialprogressive

What an interesting story behind the casa. I’ve only read half of the history of the casa and park, but what an enduring bonus to San Diego it has been. Impressive that San Diego triumphed over SF for the exposition.

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@janis b

fire and quake damage; J.D. Spreckles & his family moved permanently to San Diego, where he'd already been investing anyway. Spreckles money played a big, big role in San Diego's growth, development and history including a major contribution to the fund to do the exposition. Here's a quickie bio - https://sandiegohistory.org/archives/biographysubject/spreckels/

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

money has always talked in the loudest voice.

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@enhydra lutris
named after Spreckles in downtown San Diego.

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@Socialprogressive

http://www.sohosandiego.org/lostsd/hotelsd.htm

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@Socialprogressive

mostly in OB.

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@janis b

beautiful colors. Must be nice being surrounded by all that greenery. I’m very much longing for spring here with all the smells it brings. That’s one thing about winter. There are no smells. But I’m seeing some early buds popping up.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

It has been an intoxicating time of fragrant flowering around here. The gardenias are fading, but replaced by frangipani, jasmine, and soon to be white ginger.

I vaguely remember that snow had a unique fragrance, the equivalent here in winter is rain, which is where we’re headed.

Enjoy the anticipation of fresh smells. Give Sam a hug from me.

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@janis b

But ours is almost gone and it’s not very fragrant right now. I’d even settle for some rain and boy isn’t that smell something else?

Hug delivered. Squeak!

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In grade school, we could walk to the zoo, and much of the park. Simply magical. Great photos, thanks.

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@Bisbonian
How cool to have the park for your playground. I lived in North Park when I first came to San Diego in the late 70'.

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@Socialprogressive

I'm not sure that was an official name...Google Maps says where I lived was also "North Park."

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@Bisbonian

neighborhoods; but "child walks to zoo" narrows it down a ton unless child was a prodigious walker, says kid who drove for both ABC and Yellow Cab during summers.

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I love architecture like that but in b&w. Takes me back to the days I was learning photography. Boy I was so lucky with my job as a darkroom tech. I had one that was equipped with everything I wanted. I’m still thinking of putting one in my basement so I can do b&w prints again.

Here’s how isolated we were on the island for thanksgiving.

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Those dots on the left are rest rooms and there are 3 camp sites per each one. You can see how far the lake has receded. It’d probably take you 30-45 minutes to walk out to it.

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Looking back at where we camped. We were the only ones out there except for the buffaloes that came to visit one day. Did you see the pictures of them? They were VERY close to the trailer.

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Gotta get through these things before I hit the sand. Sam had a blast pretending to be some scary prairie animal running thru the stalks.

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Some wild and dangerous animal no doubt.

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@snoopydawg
Beautiful scenes! If I were Sam I would have had fun out there too.

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