The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
We arrived at Suwannee River State Park late in the day and checked into one of their cabins for the night. It was a nice surprise! The cabin is had two bedrooms with kitchen and a fireplace. A wrap around porch with a picnic table & grill for cookouts, and rocking chairs to enjoy the wooded view. It was much nicer than I imagined it would be. It was a cold chilly damp evening so if almost felt more like we were in a log cabin in the Carolina mountains!
After a peaceful nights sleep, we got up early and started exploring. The Lime Sink Run trail is right behind the cabins. There was no water in the “run” so it was just a rocky dry stream bed. As we walked the elevation seemed to rise and the rocks got bigger. The cypress trees got bigger too! There were some large old cypresses with “knees” that were as tall as me! When we got to the beginning of the run, there was a bit of water, but the large rock outcroppings were exposed. It was a really unusual place to explore. I read some of the literature about the Lime Sink Run, and apparently the water flow is dependent upon the Suwannee River level.
The weather was still not the greatest with dark overcast skies and a few drizzles of rain. So I set up to paint right in the middle of the dry run! There was a wooden bridge walkway over my head which kept some of the drizzles off my painting. It was weird standing in the dry stream bed, and even though it was sprinkling there was lots of color to see. The rocks were a dark blackish color with lots of holes in them, and they were topped with green moss and then topped again with orange-red fallen cypress needles.
For more information on this park visit their website