Category: Balboa Park

Biodiversity In Baja California

Attended what turned out to be a really entertaining presentation about a multidisciplinary expedition to Sierra Cacachilas in Mexico’s Baja California Sur by some of the staff from the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park here in San Diego. The trip occurred last October and November but only recently has the team been …

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Ethics Lecture On Drones And UAVs

Attended another really good lecture at The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. This one focused on the benefits and risks of military, law enforcement and civilian uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. The first half of the evening began with three brief presentations by …

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Lily Pond Reflections

After my Early Hours morning at the San Diego Zoo, and before heading over to see the newly opened “Mammoths and Mastodons” at the Natural History Museum, I spent some time meandering around and photographing the Lily Pond in Balboa Park.

Women In Science – Family Style

I attended the final in a series of six lectures on ethics in science at the Center for Ethics inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. This one was a bit more special than the others as my older brother’s ex-wife was one of the three speakers presenting, and I got to …

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Microbes In My Navel

This evening I attended another terrific lecture at the San Diego Natural History Museum. This one was titled “The Wild Life of Our Bodies” and was presented by Rob Dunn, a Ph.D. biologist from North Carolina State University. His lecture basically went over talking points from his book by the same name. When I arrived …

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Barcoding Biodiversity in Costa Rica

I attended a free one-hour lecture at the San Diego Natural History Museum last night. With the title “Biodiversity Development: The Path to Conservation of a Complex Wild Land” I wasn’t sure what kind of presentation to expect. All I knew was that I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. Even though the graphic artist …

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Surprise Guests During Lunch At The Village Grill

After finishing going through “The Horse” exhibit at the Natural History Museum my mom and I decided to walk across the way to sit and have a nice al fresco sandwich lunch at The Village Grill. I had tried their tuna melt before and liked it quite a bit. Unfortunately they didn’t have it any …

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Lecture On Killer Whales

This evening I attended a free lecture on Antarctic Killer Whales at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. It was presented by Robert Pitman and John Durban, two members of NOAA‘s Southwest Fisheries Science Center here in La Jolla. They were part of the BBC documentary team that travelled to the Antarctic to video …

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Rose Garden Reconnaissance

Drove down to Balboa Park to check out the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden as a possible location for our family’s surprise get together in a few days for a combined Mother’s Day/birthday party for my mom. What was supposed to be a quick recon and walk-through turned into more than on an hour …

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On The Right (And Cute) Track

Went over to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the largest operating model railroad in the world, in Balboa Park with my visiting friend, Ron. We got there at 3:30, half hour before they closed the doors at 4:00. Instead of the regular $8 per ticket price they were nice and charged us only $1 …

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Exploring Balboa Park With Ron

After picking up my buddy Ron from his downtown hotel, we drove over to Balboa Park to meander around a bit and to go see the Titanic exhibit showing at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was my second time (so far) seeing this particular exhibit. Since no photography of the displays was allowed, …

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San Diego Automotive Museum

After picking up my old high school buddy, Ron, from his downtown hotel, we drove over to Balboa Park to spend some time at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Not the biggest auto museum around, but an impressive collection nonetheless and one I really enjoy visiting from time to time. They have a temporary exhibit …

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Dinosaur Lecture By Jack Horner

Was fortunate enough to attend an evening lecture and book-signing by world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. The event had sold out within a couple of days. The presentation lasted a little over an hour and covered mainly infant and juvenile dinosaurs and the mislabeling of …

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Spanish Village Sculpture Garden

The final portion from yesterday’s adventures for my mom and me was a quick stop at the Sculpture Garden inside the Spanish Village Art Center at Balboa Park. Some sculptures I found a bit unorthodox, but there were others that were just outstanding. Life-sized figures, made of either wood, terracotta, metal or resin, are exceptionally …

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Back To The Orchids

Made a return visit to the Botanical Building at Balboa Park in downtown San Diego, this time with my mom and my sister. Since my mom loves flowers, I mainly wanted her to see all of the amazingly colorful species of orchids that were blooming, but I think my sister took at least many pictures …

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