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 #86 – Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park

We drove into Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, and once again were the only people here to enjoy the park. There is something special at being the only humans in a park. It just seems the birds are singing louder as the wind whistles through the trees.

I set up to paint the mound from the boardwalk overlook area. The mound looks much like an overgrown pile of dirt, but over a thousand years ago it was once the ceremonial site for the Weeden Island Culture, a group of Native Americans who lived in North Florida.

As I painted, Rick walked the nature trail and took some photos of flowers and butterflies. He found a large blooming butterfly weed with a pretty gulf fritillary enjoying it’s blossoms.

After painting, we drove just a mile down highway 90 and “discovered” Lake Miccosukee. What a classic Florida view! The lake is studded with cypress trees and white waterlilies bloomed as far as the eye could see. There is a wood boardwalk for fishermen that runs along the highway bridge and if offers great views of the wildlife. It is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

For more information about this park, visit their website

Letchworth-Love Mounds 6x8

Letchworth-Love Mounds 6×8″ oil on canvas panel

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