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 #73 – Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park

After visiting Blackwater River State Park, we headed west on I-10 a few miles to Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park. This park doesn’t have any amenities, with just a very small gravel parking area, and we were the only ones there.

I knew this park was known for pitcher plants, but had no idea just what awaited us! The late afternoon sun cast a golden glow over hundreds of pitcher plants, sundews, orchids and other wildflowers. I hadn’t even left the gravel of the parking area when I saw a Pale Grass Pink Orchid! Along the entrance road the ditch was filled with Thread Leaf Sundews. They just glowed in the afternoon light. The pitcher plants were amazing patterns of white, green and red. Many of these plants are threatened and/or endangered and I had never seen them before. It is always a thrill to see something for the first time!

Finally we walked down the short grassy trail to a small pond which was lined with pitcher plants. I decided to set up and paint a pitcher plant with the pond in the background. As I painted Rick walked around and took some photos of his own. Then I saw this large water moccasin swimming towards us! Rick tried to take some photos, but not being familiar with my camera they were all blurry. Once the snake reached the shore about 15′ from my gear – Rick stood guard and I hurried up to finish the painting!

This park has so much to offer. If I lived nearby, I would be at this park every evening taking photographs! Just watch where you step!

Pitcher Plants at Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park - 6x8 oil on canvas panel

Pitcher Plants at Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park – 6×8 oil on canvas panel

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