The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
After visiting Lake Kissimmee State Park I had Catfish Creek State Park on my list. On the map the two parks touch borders, so I figured it was just a short trip. Turns out it is a long drive around some lakes and groves and pretty old Florida scenery! We could see the Bok Tower in the distance!
It took about a half hour to get to the entrance. Once there we discovered we were very unprepared for this park. It is a Florida ridge scrub landscape – the sandy hills are actually dunes leftover from when Florida was covered with ocean water. Imagine walking on the deepest, fluffiest, white beach sand – UP Hill! Now imagine the sun beating off the white sand turning an 85 degree day to what seemed like 110 degrees.
But once out on the trails the variety of plants and scenery is interesting. It didn’t take long to round a bend and see many large Blue Lupines in full spring bloom. I also happened to find an Endangered plant – Lewton’s Polygala.
I could also see many Garberia plants, so the fall bloom would be a great time to visit too.
I couldn’t walk very far on the sandy trail lugging my painting gear, but luckily this pretty spot with blooming lupines was a short walk from the parking area.
Make a trip to Catfish Creek and exlore. Just be sure to pack lots of water!