The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Ponce de Leon Springs State park is between Pensacola and Tallahassee. There is another spring called De Leon Springs State Park, it is closer to Deland and is famous for it’s pancake house. Ponce De Leon sure did get around!
We pulled into Ponce de Leon Springs State Park just after a very strong summer storm had passed. The heavy rain and lightning caused most of the swimmers to go home! But the rain was gone and the springs were beautiful.
The afternoon air was very warm and humid, and a smoky mist was rising from the cool spring water as we took a walk on the short wooded trail along the spring run that feeds to Sandy Creek. Here the spring run water was clear and shallow, showing the sandy bottom. But Sandy Creek was a rushing river of tea stained water. The mosquitos were coming out, so we headed back to the spring area and I set up my gear.
I decided to paint the two old cypress trees that grow out from the water, with just a bit of the 1920’s era stone diving platform. As I painted the mosquitos were enjoying me for dinner, and the warm steamy air was like a sauna! A few kids came out to swim in the clear spring water as I was finishing up the painting.
For more information about this park, visit their website