Florida Scenics Blog- The art of Sharon Osterholt

The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location

Park #6 – Pumpkin HIll Preserve State Park

After painting at Yellow Bluff Fort State Park, we drove up the road a few minutes to Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park. The day had become overcast with thick clouds and no wind. We found a nice oak hammock in the middle of the marsh at the canoe launch area. Looking around, I noticed the oaks were completely covered with galls. I’ve never seen so many! Galls form when tiny wasps lay eggs in the leaves. I’m surprised the trees weren’t stunted, but they seemed to be growing just fine. The view was fantastic all around and I selected this scene looking to the south.

As I painted, the bugs took advantage of the calm conditions and nearly ate me alive. So I’ve named this painting “No Seeum City”!

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"No Seeum City" 8x10" Plein Air painting oil on linen panel

“No Seeum City”
8×10″ Plein Air painting oil on linen panel

One comment on “Park #6 – Pumpkin HIll Preserve State Park

  1. marge drew
    November 17, 2014

    Beautiful painting!!  I have never seen that many galls before..theylook like little brown beads..  So sorry about the no seeums..not at all fun!  Margé

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