The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
When we arrived at Fort Cooper State Park, just outside of Inverness, it was sunny. But soon the skies turned cloudy and threatened rain. I selected a smaller canvas size and hurried to paint a scene along Lake Holathlikaha. About halfway through my painting I heard footsteps in the grass behind me. It was a family of Sandhill Cranes! They didn’t seem to mind me painting and went about their business of picking bugs and splashing in the water. Of course it was hard to concentrate on my original scene with the cranes so close. I was able to take many photos and may just have to do a painting or two of them!
Along the sidewalk we could see evidence of wild hogs tearing up the ground, and on the way out of the park we saw one. It was a big spotted female. I was shocked at it’s size and at first I thought it was a wolf! It was very tall and had a huge head, but it was super skinny. It sauntered back to the woods before I could get a photo.
For more information on this park visit their website