The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was hit by a barge in 1980. A section of the bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. When a new bridge was built, sections at the north and south end were retained by Florida State parks and repurposed as fishing bridges.
Today the bridge is a popular spot for fishing. You can drive out along the spans of bridge and park and fish all day and all night too!
Rick and I arrived at the park early in the morning. A surprise front had just passed through, and even though it was warm and sunny, the cool wind was blowing up to 35mph gusts! We went out on the bridge and I just couldn’t stay – the wind made me seasick! But good news was, there is also a rest area before the park entrance. This was so beautiful! Great views of the bay and bridge.
I set up to paint this wonderful old Australian Pine that was along a cove protected from the wind. Beyond the tree the wind was tunneling by and the kite surfers were having a grand time fighting the wind. As I painted the tide got lower and the birds came in close to feed. Hard to believe just right below the interstate, this was one of the prettiest views I’ve painted!