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I took this photo at the house next door to my parents', on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. That tree is amazing -- the branches hang low, begging to be climbed, and it is positively dripping with Spanish moss. I believe it is a magnolia tree, but I've never visited in the spring to see it bloom. The swing has been there for as long as I've been coming, at least five years, but in person looks like it has been hanging for much, much longer. In the photo this scene looks so inviting; you want to sit on that swing sipping a mint julep, enjoying the shade of the tree and the breeze off the water, watching sight of the occasional porpoise swimming past.
In reality the swing would rot out from under you if you so much as looked at it the wrong way, and your mint julep would be overcome with opportunistic mosquitoes in a matter of seconds. There are porpoises, though. The dogs have no idea what to make of them, and run up and down the dock trying to figure it out.
There are a lot of beautiful things in this world. Sometimes your imagination creates the most beautiful of all.