Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Downtown Tampa

As much as I adore "my Florida" it isn't the concrete side of it I'm ever particularly drawn to.
Along those lines I've actually never thought of Tampa as being an especially pretty 'city'.

That's not to say there aren't some very lovely places and locations within this well-populated metropolis.
I tend to prefer wide-open spaces and less congested situations.

In recent years Tampa has done a few things to improve the overall feel of the 'concrete city' that makes up the downtown area.

With the greatest companions on the planet at my side, and a beautifully crisp autumn day perfect enough to make us want to feel and touch it, somehow these tall buildings took on a beauty I'd not noticed before.

In spendid view across the Hillsborough River is the University of Tampa. One of Tampa's historical treasures and stunning architectural sites.

Characterized by dramatic minarets that grace the downtown skyline it is truly a landmark Tampa is proud to have.

We played so hard it was good to kick off our shoes and get in the mist for a cool-down.

You may have heard the round Rivergate Tower Building commonly referred to as "the beer can building" by locals.

Tampa will always be considered my hometown.

Funny how something like taking these photos can spark a string of memories from over the years taking place within these city blocks.