Eureka Springs Park, Hillsborough County

April 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I love this place! It's quiet most days, has a beautiful boardwalk among the trees (almost all shaded, but that also means bugs) and lots of gardens and flowers.  It's located on the road to the old Vandenburg Airport, now Tampa Executive in a somewhat secluded area making it all the more of a gem to visit.  It's dog friendly, so Dolly used to go with me years ago, then Jimbo and now Jimbo and Abby.  Abby had her first visit and seemed to enjoy the new smells.

Shortly after you enter the gardens, you'll come across this nice bridge over the spring fed water.

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This water way (depending on the time of year) is filled with water lilies. They are one of my favorite flowers to photograph at this park.  Usually there are white and pink ones blooming but there are a few other varieties also.

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Today, amazing they are still blooming because it feels like the middle of summer already to me - but the pink snapdragons were very pretty.

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In one of my earlier visits I did some infrared photography. Here's a black and white infrared photograph of one area of the park - almost looks like snow.

Eureka Springs Park infrared photoEureka Springs Park infrared photoEureka Springs Park infrared photo in black and white The boardwalk has been cleaned now, but I loved the green coloring for photographing.  It's a short walk along the swampy areas (dry in our drought right now).  Course, short if you're not being attacked by a bunch of mosquitoes which is what is often the case come summer.

Eureka Springs Park boardwalkEureka Springs Park boardwalkEureka Springs Park boardwalk For more photographs of the park, visit http://www.vpshoots.com/eurekaspringspark

Stop by sometime and enjoy a nice walk through the gardens if you haven't been here before!

 


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