It isn't often I go out and discover a completely unknown place. Especially within just a few minutes of home. I may not have been on a particular street or in a specific neighborhood before but I do live in a city that I know pretty well. Today, I literally discovered an area of real natural beauty that is as close to unspoiled as I will find this is as surrounded by roads, houses, buildings and even industry as this place. The camera loved it (in both black/white and color) and if one can ignore and crop for the intrusion of power lines and a glimpse of a building, I could have been standing in the midst of thousands of unspoiled acres in the heart of Florida. The truth is I was standing with my back to anything but "unspoiled." A busy street was a couple of blocks west and railroad tracks had been snaking through here for over a hundred years. This place is hidden away, just off the main drag a wee bit. The waters of Tampa Bay are just beyond the tree line and the water could be tidal. It was a beautiful scene laid out in front of me and the sky and clouds were celebrating. (A loved one lives a quarter mile north of this spot; I wonder if she even knows it's here??)
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