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 # 61 – Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

After spending a morning at shopping and sightseeing in sleepy old town Micanopy, and lunch at Blue Highway (great pizza and salads!) we hoped over to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. The afternoon air was getting hazy and the light was flat due to a storm system just north of us.

Rick wanted to try fishing in Lake Wauberg, so we found a trail that lead to a nice grassy area and beach on the lake. The pickerel weeds were blooming along the lakeshore and every once in a while, a sailboat from a UF student would float by in the distance. (The opposite shore of this lake is owned by the University of Florida as a recreation area for students and faculty.) As I painted the storm got closer. I hurried to finish before the rain came, and luckily we just beat the nasty thunderstorm.

We also visited this park earlier last summer when the pickerel weed was blooming along highway 441 as it crosses over the prairie. The vast prairie is just purple as far as you can see. Certainly worth a stop in the summer! If you are lucky, the trails along the prairie offer close up view of wild horses and buffalo! This is a large park with lots to do, and even though we’ve been several times, we still haven’t taken the famous La Chua Trail on the north side. It is definitely on our list for a return visit!

For more information about this park visit their website

Smooth Sailing - Lake Wauberg at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park 8x10

Smooth Sailing – Lake Wauberg at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park 8×10″ oil on linen panel en plein air

2 comments on “Park # 61 – Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

  1. marge drew
    May 5, 2015

    Very intriguing park. Also quite beautiful!  Your paintingis very lovely.  I had no idea about this park. I does looklike it may be worth a trip for sure.  The purple is stunningThanks Sharon.  Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    May 5, 2015

    Thanks Marge. You should take a trip to see Paynes Prairie and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings home. Both parks are very close to each other, and not too bad of a drive from you. You would get lots of pics for reference to paint later!

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