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paulgila

sunday was so amazingly beautiful in the out-of-doors that i was compelled to enjoy it. i remember long ago seeing some cool butia

in balboa park that i have wanted to check out for a while now so off i went,newly installed cd player blaring "one toke over the line"

over & over & over.

i guess i am a bit obsessive.

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lotsa cool old houses still survive near san diego's balboa park.

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there are the butia.

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1st i needed to stop here for a withdrawal.

"ah,much better."

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closing in.

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paulgila

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wow,such venerable old palms! they reminded me of elephants in a way,the size,textures & colors.just growing slowly & not paying us any attention.

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i am digging the "boots",too.

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how long does it take em to get so tall? i had never seen any so tall up to this point.

massive burly trunks,too.

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an impressive presence.

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Salvades

Very cool! Balboa is an amazing place to shake your Butia!!

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paulgila

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they seem to lean alot.

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there is a definite "jurrasic" feel.

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the martson house is nearby--great example of "early 20th century architecture.i guess its open.

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"d'oh!"

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paulgila

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large trees frame the beautiful old house.

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wide expanses of lawn with people dotted around sunning.

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this was kinda surreal looking so i snapped a pic.

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paulgila

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well-kept for being around since 1905.

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these trees are interesting for the smooth alabaster trunks.

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i have always admired this style for its simplicity.

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paulgila

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back of the house,facing east.

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servants entrance,perhaps?

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wall.

no,not you,wal!

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more "wildlife."

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paulgila

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formal garden on the north side of the house.

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someone-----or something,was leaving brightly-colored eggs all over the place.

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north side of the house with "out-building."

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i think they call this a "salad tree."

i did.

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osideterry

The Marsten House... is it, is it HAUNTED!

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paulgila

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pass the oil & vinegar.

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looks like it was a "carriage-house" perhaps? just "light-duty."

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better shot of formal garden.

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paulgila

terry its the "whaley house" in old town thats allegedly haunted.you know it,i know,the ghosts know it. :lol:

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paulgila

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some garden color.

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some of the biggest birds-nest ferns ive ever seen.

guess i gotta get out more.

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paulgila

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here is the magical creature responsible for laying all those eggs.

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dats big for SD!

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home across the street echoes the architectural style.

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Scott

Honestly, I was not aware that Butias got that tall. They must have been planted decades ago...

The old houses there are so cool! Thanks for the great pictorial! :)

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FRITO

Nice one dewd!

those are definently oldies, I wonder how fast they grow over there compared to here?

heres some of the tallest oldest ones ive ever seen here on FSU campus.

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FRITO

note the guy for scale, hes not small either

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FRITO

Oh yah great shots caputuring 'wildlife' around those parts! B)

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BigFrond

Hehehe... Did you tag any of the wildlife? Ya know catch and release.

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paulgila

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lath house.

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trail leading into the "valley of doom & wacked-out tv commentators."

its where sean hannity lives.

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"orange blossom special."

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paulgila

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are those branches supposed to do that? its disgusting.

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ewww.

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gopher trail leading straight to spring valley/dictionary hill.

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back to where i started.

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paulgila

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new stuff.

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so,take a guess at how old.i am gonna say 75 yrs just on a whim.

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more old homes near the park.this one has seen better days & has been divided into apts.

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you RARELY see this kind of stone used in socal.

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paulgila

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cool style.

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as i was driving away from the park i spotted this place before i got too far.it was vacant...

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with this butia in its small yard.

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paulgila

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looking east towards the heart of balboa park.

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able to "be taller" than a 2 storey house!

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what a huge footprint!

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paulgila

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the "cephalad" portion of the palm.

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pretty huge cidp,too.

i'd hate to have that fall on me.

or mattyb.

ok,on me.

thanks for your kind attention.

see ya next time!

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BS Man about Palms
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new stuff.

Hey!

If you roll your "wheely mouse curser thingy" upand down real fast it looks like this building is dancing.... :cool:

Oh yeah, I believe the "eeeww" thing is called "crested", some folks collect that stuff.

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Scott
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so,take a guess at how old.i am gonna say 75 yrs just on a whim.

In my earlier post I was going to say these were probably planted in the 1930s.

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Kris

Dear Paul :)

Like always your coverage is fentastic and like scotty has said the architecher of those buldings in that place is very nice & intreasting.Most of the buildings have its own orginality,none seem to be similar in appearence or in style.

The butia's look great but i love the silver coloured onces of that height.. :)

By the way the Cidp,i need not say much... :):):):):winkie:

Thanks & Love,

Kris :)

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paulgila

kris you are right,there are a wide variety of architectural styles in southern california with seemingly disparate examples of each often right next to each other.

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freakypalmguy

I love looking at big Butias

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Kris
u sick little monkey.

:lol:

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dalmatiansoap

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looking east towards the heart of balboa park.

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able to "be taller" than a 2 storey house!

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what a huge footprint!

:drool::drool::drool:

What is this???

B. Capitata var. Steroidica???

:greenthumb:

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samirbouag

I LOVE IT!!

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Takil-Explorer

That salad tree is in fact an artichoke, you can eat parts of the flowerbud just before it opens. Very tasty, and I guess they must grow it there in California!

Very nice pictures by the way! Butia can get qieut tall, near Castillos, Uruguay, there is a large area with thousends of them! Also some Syagrus.

Alexander

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