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 # 55 – Honeymoon Island State Park

We arrived at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin fairly early on a Saturday morning, but lots of other people were already lining the causeway. The causeway is a two lane road with water on both sides and a drawbridge to let sailboats pass through the bay waters. Each side has a sandy beach and people were fishing, sailing, kayaking and just having a great day in the warm water. Luckily, once in the park the crowds thinned out.

The barrier island appears at first glance to be very dry and scrubby. There is plenty of sand and the prickly pear cactus were blooming. But a closer look revealed many other wild flowers growing along the trails. We also saw some gopher tortoises and an armadillo. The park also has a nice nature center and several large beach paviliions with a café for a quick bite while on the beach.

We ended up at the beach on the north end of the island. It is undergoing a re-nourishment project and the beach is very rocky. The rocks seemed to help capture millions of shells. This was probably the “shelliest” beach I have ever been to, including Sanibel! The rocks at low tide had a nice color to them, making for a nice painting subject.

We stayed late into the afternoon and throughly enjoyed the island surf and sun.

For more information on this park, visit their website

Honeymoon Island State Park - Rocks at low tide - 8x8

Honeymoon Island State Park – Rocks at low tide –
8×8″ oil on linen panel en plein air

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