slworking Spiral staircase inside the California Tower.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking View from the California Tower.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking The California Building.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking California Tower.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking View of Balboa Park from the California Tower. #sandiego #balboapark 4d

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slworking Facade of the California Tower.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking Spiral staircase inside the California Tower.
The California Building with its ornate facade and blue-and-gold dome, together with the adjoining California Tower, are among the most recognizable landmarks in San Diego. They house the San Diego Museum of Man. The design and ornamentation combine many style elements including Gothic, Plateresque, Baroque, Churrigueresque, and Rococo to create the impression of a Spanish Colonial church.

The California Tower is 198 feet (60 m) tall and is open for public tours as of January 1, 2015. The tower's design is Spanish while the details and color are Mexican in style. The tower is composed of three tiers that shift from a quadrangle to an octagon and then a circle. There is a Maas-Rowe carillon in the tower, first installed in 1946 and replaced in 1967. The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day.[10] The tower has been described as "San Diego's Icon," the most photographed and best-known landmark in San Diego.

The State of California paid the $250,000 cost to develop the California Building and Tower for the 1915 Exposition. Although California owned the building, it was turned over to the San Diego government in 1926.[7] During the Exposition the California Building was the home of the Expo's theme exhibit, an anthropological display called "The Story of Man through the Ages." After the Expo ended, the exhibit was retained and expanded, eventually becoming the San Diego Museum of Man. #sandiego #balboapark #architecture #california #californiatower
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slworking Maas-Rowe Carillon inside the California Tower inBalboa Park The carillon can be heard throughout the park. It plays the Westminster Chimes every quarter-hour, and a resident carilloneur plays three songs at noon every day. #balboapark #sandiego #maasrowe 4d

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slworking I went on a tour inside the California Tower in Balboa Park.
There are no massive bells in the tower. A Maas-Rowe Carillon was originally installed here in 1946 as a Memorial to the Veterans of WWII. It was donated by a City Councilman and named after his mother.

The City of San Diego later modernized and expanded the instrument to a Maas-Rowe 100-bell Symphonic Carillon. The bells are actually small chimes weighing just a few ounces each and individually tuned by hand using a process developed and patented by Maas-Rowe.

Their sound is then amplified millions of times and projected through weatherproof speakers in the tower.

This method produces a live and authentic sound since real metal is being struck.

The bells can be heard at the San Diego Zoo nearby so millions of people have heard them ringing the hours and playing carillon music.

People often inquire to find out how many cast bells have been installed here and are surprised to learn that what they are hearing is actually a Maas-Rowe electronic carillon.
http://www.maasrowe.com/California%20Tower.html #sandiego #chimes #clock #tower #californiatower #balboapark #maasrowe #maas-rowe
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slworking Big tree. Ramona Grasslands Preserve. 2w
  •   cory.smart Is there Milky Way there? 2w
  •   slworking @cory.smart It may be possible to see the Milky Way here late at night, but I haven't checked. Light pollution in Ramona isn't too bad - though it's not nearly as dark as Anza-Borrego. Also, this preserve is closed and locked up at sunset, unfortunately. 2w

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slworking Ramona Grasslands Preserve #ramona 2w

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slworking San Diego #sandiego 3w
  •   surfnsnowboard I've never been down there is it pretty interesting? 3w
  •   slworking @surfnsnowboard It's a decent nature preserve. Nothing too spectacular, but it does offer some nice views. 3w

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slworking On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say... Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain,
"Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say... Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax, " said the night man,
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! " ---- The Milky Way above the Texas Dip on Borrego Springs Road. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. #anzaborrego #desert #california #milkyway #weownthenight #highway #nightscape #weownthenight_ca
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slworking Clouds. Downtown San Diego. #sandiego 3w

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slworking Foggy Cleveland National Forest on Mount Laguna. #fog #mountlaguna #weather #sandiego 3w

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slworking Cloudy day at Ramona Grasslands Preserve. 3w

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slworking View from Palomar Mountain. 3w

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slworking Ocotillo forest. Anza-Borrrego Desert State Park. #anzaborrego #desert #california #ocotillo #milkyway #nightscaper 3w

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