The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Paynes Creek Historic State Park is a nice place to explore and spend a day. Paynes Creek flows into the Peace River here, and there is a suspension bridge over Paynes Creek to a historical area of the old Fort Chokonikla.
I was brave and decided to wade across Paynes Creek to paint a view of an old oak draping over the clear, but dark stained water. The water looked to be only ankle deep, but turned out to be over my knees! Luckily, it was a nice sand bottom and the flow was calm. The river’s unique color was hard to capture with paint- it was clear, yet dark and brown. As we were packing to go, the ranger came by and told us about another spot on the river. She let us follow her to a spot across to the other side of the park. It was a very deep hole, but then there were rapids too! Such a unique spot for Florida. Rick & I waded into the water and fished. With the rapids flowing, it felt almost like being in the mountains.
For more information on this park, visit their website