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 #81 – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

We got to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park after driving through downtown Fort Lauderdale. A scary looking storm was brewing to the west and the tall dark clouds covered the sun, making our afternoon at the park dark and dreary. Luckily the ocean breezes kept the rain to our west so we stayed dry!

The park is on the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal waterway, with a long freshwater pond in between. One of the first stops on the one-way road through the park is “Terramar” the former estate of namesake Hugh Taylor Birch, it sits across from the pond with a view towards the ocean in front. A tunnel goes under A1A for pedestrian access to the beach.

There is also a very large Banyan tree at the center of the park. It is just massive, and kind of spooky on a dreary day! We kept driving the loop and ended up at the intracoastal waterway. I set up here to paint the water view while Rick fished from the seawall. There was a lot of action on the water with boats buzzing by. As I was painting I saw a man just standing around, then a large yellow boat pulled up to the seawall to pick him up for a ride. I was surprised it was a stop for a water taxi right in the park!

For more information about this park, visit their website

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park painting - 8x8

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park painting – 8×8″ oil on linen panel

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