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 #40 – Fort Cooper State Park

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

Painting at Fort Cooper State Park 6x8" oil on canvas panel.

Painting at Fort Cooper State Park
6×8″ oil on canvas panel.

2 comments on “Park #40 – Fort Cooper State Park

  1. marge drew
    March 3, 2015

     Wow Sharon,, You got some lovely photos of Sand Hill Cranes.. I love the one  you call Sandhill Cranes Bathing in the lake.. its a stunner..Your painting is nice… Sorry that the weather got iffy..and glad the wildpig did not charge you..also glad it was not a wolf..Thanks for sharing..


  2. FlaScenics
    March 3, 2015

    Thanks Margé!
    The cranes were very distracting. I’ve never been so close to them before – I just had to watch them. I probably took 100 photos!

    Can’t believe I thought the pig was a wolf at first- but it really was big!

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