Valentine’s Day love in Balboa Park!

Love could be seen everywhere in Balboa Park today!

On signs, on banners, on balloons, on surprising canvases, even on hands! But mostly on the faces of those passing through the park on a sunny Sunday in February.

Perhaps that’s because today is Valentine’s Day…

Many vendors set up in the Plaza de Balboa near the Bea Evenson Fountain had love-themed crafts and goodies for sale.
Two love birds on a banner, beside the Balboa Park Visitors Center front door.
A heart-shaped balloon in colorful Spanish Village.
Artist Susan Mae Hull of Studio 23 was creating beautiful Valentine’s Day cards in Spanish Village Art Center. I noticed her delicately brushed images include animals from the Chinese Zodiac.
A henna tattoo artist on El Prado could put your heart on your hand. (Or maybe you can wear your heart on your sleeve.)
Artist Jean Pierre made all sorts of colorful hearts and had them for sale near the International Cottages.
One of Jean Pierre’s many bright hearts.
Love balloons could be found everywhere!

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A rush for Valentine’s Day roses!

It’s Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air! The rush was on this morning to find red roses!

Fortunately, Dave’s Flower Box in North Park had trucks full of them! Their parking lot appeared to be a bustling flower drive-thru!

This beautiful red rose on the nearby sidewalk is for anyone who finds it.

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Hearts appear before Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is now less than a week away.

In the past few days I’ve noticed hearts popping up everywhere I walk. Hearts can be spotted in shop windows, on doors and signs…and shining from the faces of those who know love!

The final two photographs were taken in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village Art Center. The artists were kind enough to let me snap the pictures.

Come to think of it, if you’re looking for a special gift that’s truly heartfelt and one-of-a-kind, Spanish Village would be an ideal place to visit.

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Hearts, roses and love before Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is almost here!

I photographed hearts, roses and words of love during recent walks around downtown…

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Love and life on Valentine’s Day in Balboa Park.

Smiles, hearts and yummy pastries await on Valentine's Day in the House of Sweden.
Smiles, hearts and yummy pastries await on Valentine’s Day in the House of Sweden.

I often meander about Balboa Park on Sunday. Today being Valentine’s Day, I naturally had to take photographs depicting love, and love of life in Balboa Park. Here they are!

I spotted these heart-shaped treats inside the House of France at Balboa Park's International Cottages.
I spotted these heart-shaped treats inside the House of France at Balboa Park’s International Cottages.

The San Diego Bonsai Club was listening to a lecture inside a meeting room in the Casa del Prado.
The San Diego Bonsai Club was listening to a lecture about their beloved hobby inside a meeting room in the Casa del Prado.

Some bonsai plants and other related items were on display during the club meeting, as well.
Some bonsai plants and other related items were on display during the club meeting, as well.

A couple walks hand-in-hand down El Prado and into the Plaza de Panama on Valentine's Day.
A couple walks hand-in-hand down El Prado and into the Plaza de Panama on Valentine’s Day.

Young people were watching a lady artist paint a scene in Balboa Park.
Young people were watching a lady artist paint a lovely scene in Balboa Park.

A BE MINE heart banner welcomes people at the door of the Balboa Park Visitors Center.
A BE MINE heart banner welcomes people at the door of the Balboa Park Visitors Center.

An International Dance Festival was underway in the Balboa Park Club. These folks were dancing to a fiddle.
An International Dance Festival was underway in the Balboa Park Club. These folks were dancing happily to a fiddle.

Hearts were placed on the sculpture at the center of the Balboa Park Club's indoor fountain.
Hearts were placed on the sculpture at the center of the Balboa Park Club’s indoor fountain.

A couple peruses works by local artists out on display in Balboa Park.
A couple peruses colorful paintings for sale by local artists.

Close-up photo of Mother and Daughter Seated, Francisco Zuniga, 1971. Part of the San Diego Museum of Art's new outdoor exhibition Art of the Open Air.
Close-up photo of tender Mother and Daughter Seated, by Francisco Zuniga, 1971. Part of the San Diego Museum of Art’s new outdoor exhibition Art of the Open Air.

A mysterious hand reaches for some Viva Pops!
A mysterious hand reaches for some Viva Pops!

A romantic banner advertises In Your Arms, a production last year of the Old Globe Theatre.
A romantic banner advertises In Your Arms, a production last year of the Old Globe Theatre.

Someone wrote Will You Marry Me in chalk near where people walk down El Prado. I wonder what the answer was.
Someone wrote Will You Marry Me in chalk near where people walk down El Prado. I wonder what the answer was?

A pair holds hands as they enter Balboa Park on Valentine's Day.
A loving pair holds hands as they enter Balboa Park on Valentine’s Day.

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Hundreds of vows, one Valentine’s Day arbor.

Brides, grooms and guests approach County Administration Building on Valentine's Day.
Brides, grooms and special guests approach County Administration Building on Valentine’s Day.

Today I took the trolley to Qualcomm Stadium to check out the very cool Lunar New Year Festival. Before catching the trolley at the Little Italy station, I walked around the nearby County Administration Building and its beautiful waterfront park. Every year on Valentine’s Day, hundreds of weddings are performed here. According to an article I read, this year 187 ceremonies were scheduled!

I didn’t stay long, and I kept a respectful distance from those who were tying the knot, but I did manage to get a few decent pics!

This soon-to-wed couple is interviewed by a television reporter.
This happy soon-to-be-wed couple is interviewed by a television reporter.

People enter and leave San Diego's County Administration Center in bliss.
People enter and leave San Diego’s County Administration Center in bliss.

The first ceremony takes places at the small wedding arbor in the waterfront park.
The first ceremony takes places at the small wedding arbor in the waterfront park.

Love is in the air, and across the street at the waiting taco shop.
Love is in the air, and across the street at the waiting taco shop.

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