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 #56 – Terra Ceia Preserve State Park

Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is located near the south end of the I-275 Skyway bridge. I’ve driven this section of interstate south of St. Petersburg many times and never stopped. I am glad I did this time!

First we drove by the old Haley House. We didn’t know this was part of the park at first, but the classic Florida house caught our eye, we saw the sign and turned around. Unfortunately the gates were closed, so we couldn’t get a closer look at the house. It is a beautiful old Florida home, with the long white crushed shell driveway and surrounded by tall Royal Palms. I am glad the house was saved and is being restored.

Further down the scenic road are several pull-over spots along the mangrove lined waterways. We ended up stoping at a dirt boat launch area, which had extensive easy to walk trails right along the water’s edge. I set up to paint a mangrove tree and Rick fished along the trail.

It was surprisingly quiet with not many human visitors, but the egrets and herons were active fishing the shoreline.

This park is divided by the interstate, but definitely feels secluded and wild.

For more information about this park, visit their website

The mangrove tree at Terra Ceia Preserve 8x10

The mangrove tree at Terra Ceia Preserve 8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

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