Sunday afternoon I decided to take an hour to visit a place that would allow me to exercise my creative outlet via photography. Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton is a beautiful park just minutes from the beaches of the Gulf Coast about an hour south of Tampa. The location is absolutely gorgeous, but this was only the second time I visited the gardens, the first being for a friend’s wedding three years ago.
I knew that rain was a possibility, but I opted to take the chance and headed off to the park despite the fact it was sprinkling as I left my house. The botanical park is only about ten minutes from my house, but by the time I arrived the skies opened up and there was a torrential downpour. After waiting out the rain and asking the rain gods for at least a half hour reprieve, the skies temporarily cleared enough for me to venture out with my DSLR.
The grounds at the park are fantastic and spread out over 10 acres of land. There are pavilions for hosting parties, and there was a birthday party going on while I was there. Gazebos and benches are scattered around the grounds providing shade and occasionally shelter from the storm. Paths wind around ponds leading you to explore the incredible flora the park offers. A great playground is also situated on one side of the park for the kids to burn off some steam.
I spent about an hour strolling around the park trying to capture the flowers and plants immediately after the rain, still glistening with drops. Some of the shots came out exactly as I had envisioned, while others didn’t quite come out the way I planned. I hope you will indulge me and enjoy the pictures I took around the park.
Palma Sola Botanical Park is a great way to spend an hour or so, or even for a special event. The grounds are gorgeously maintained and provide a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If you get an opportunity, take a drive and come visit this free park in Bradenton.
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