Scott’s Home, So It Feels Like Saturday

August 31, 2007 @ 8:04 am | Filed under: California landmarks, Family Adventures, Outings, Photos

And Saturday is when I play with my photos.

I love this picture of Beanie admiring a stand of bamboo in the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park.

Bamboo

That was the day we visited the art museum. We had parked behind the Organ Pavilion, which is next to the Japanese Garden, so of course we had to stroll through the garden on our way back to the car.

We were just in time to feed the koi.

Feedingkoi

Koi

I loved the bonsai collection.

Bonsai2

Bonsai

Isn’t that one stunning?

Even with five kids in tow, the garden is a peaceful place.

Pedestal

On the way out, we bumped into some friends. Rose took over the camera while the moms chatted.

Strollerboys

I think this shot of the Spreckles Organ Pavilion was hers, too.

Spreckles

This next one is from outside the delightfully named House of Charm, which holds the San Diego Art Institute (not to be confused with the San Diego Museum of Art) and the Mingei International Museum, a collection of folk art from around the world.

Tunnel

We haven’t been inside yet, but we found plenty to look at (and climb on) outside the building.

Climbingsculpture

Redberries

Statue

That’s El Cid on his warhorse, by the way. This statue was presented to the park by the San Diego Historical Society in 1930.

And how best to unwind after a day at the park? Relax on your own personal park bench at home, of course! (Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa, for the bench and the countless photo ops it provides.)

Parkbench


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  1. is that green lizard thing (4th photo from the bottom of your post) a Nikki de St Phalle? Her work is gorgeous. I had the opportunity to see an exhibition of her sculptures in Chicago recently and the ability to climb on them is a distinct advantage.

  2. Great photos! I love the one of WonderBoy and Rilla at the end, too … it looks like a deep and thoughtful conversation.

  3. JoVE,

    Yes it is! In fact, they call it the NikkiGator! Hee.

    It is a gorgeous structure, shimmering like jewels in the sun. I would love to see more of her work.

  4. Seeing your pictures, I realize that my 13 year old memories of San Diego have faded considerably. πŸ™ Keep them coming! And I can long for the day when my four bonny lasses and one shining lad meet yours at all these beautiful places! πŸ™‚

  5. Oh I just love that last photo — too cute!

  6. I’m glad that you liked the NikkiGator.
    Have you made it up to Escondido yet
    to see Queen Califia’s Garden? It’s
    one of three sculpture gardens that she created, I think the other two are in Tuscany and Jerusalem. There is some more of her work scattered around town, too, partly because she lived in San Diego for the last several years of her life.

    Sue B

  7. But the baby — she is so biiiggg! Oh my!

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