Friday, August 31, 2012

Beauty and the Beast at Zoro Garden

The California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 was held in San Diego's Balboa Park.
Zoro Garden, built as a nudist colony for the fair, is a sunken area in the park slightly out of sight from the main road.
Why was there a nudist colony at a 1935 fair is a mystery to me?
Today, it is a beautiful butterfly and insect garden where I could walk into without hesitation.

I spied this monarch butterfly frolicking amongst the flowers.

This moth exposed itself between the leaves.

The beetle covers himself modestly in the pedals.

A bench carved into the stone wall is a convenient place to sit for lunch or lie down to sunbathe.

- Karen


14 comments:

James Wei said...

This set is surely surreal. The nature and the vivid colour prompts me to visit one such location myself.

kulasa said...

oh my, the moth, butterfly and beetle shots are great treats for my eyes! and yes, it would be great to sit on the carved bench and watch the world go by...

This is Belgium said...

great macros

rainfield61 said...

Butterfly, moth and beetle...

They have traveled from Malaysia to San Diego.

Arti said...

What beautiful shots! Loved the butterfly one the most! And the bench is so cute!!
Have a fabulous day :)

EastCoastLife said...

I like the carved bench. I wonder if nudists still come here to sunbathe? :P

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I think we stopped and took a break in that place during our trip to San Diego two years ago.

A nudist colony! People would go nuts these days.

Filip and Kristel said...

Super macro pictures. Good job.

Greetings,
Filip

Annmarie Pipa said...

love your photos. I showed them to m kids so they can realize how much they are missing!!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Good closeups at the park !

cocomino said...

What a beautiful garden. Many tiny things make us smile. Thanks for sharing.

betchai said...

i can't choose a favorite, so love your critter shots.

lina said...

Great macro shots there! :)

La Principessa Errante said...

That is fascinating, bet there is a great story there. Of course the bench is gorgeous, but knowing the back story makes it even more fun. Great macros of the butterflies