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 #87 – Lake Talquin State Park

If I had to guess, I’d say that Lake Talquin State Park near Tallahassee has the most spiders of any park in Florida! And luckily for all the visitors who came in after us, I walked face first into most of the webs and got them out of the way. Everytime I ran into one, it was a different species too. Such an amazing assortment for some brave young arachnologists to study!

Once I was able to brush all the spider webs off, the long boardwalk along the lake offered a great view of the morning sun. I set up to paint some backlit trees with the sun shining through the leaves and touching the clouds with a peach glow. Rick fished the boardwalk while I painted, but didn’t have any luck!

After painting we walked over to another small dock on the lake and saw a Little Blue Heron struggling to swallow a large green anole. Guess he was tired of surf and had some turf for breakfast!

Another bonus on the drive that leads to the park, there are some old Florida cracker houses and an old store/gas station that are perfect subjects for photographers.

For more information about this park, visit their website

Lake Talquin State Park - 8x10

Lake Talquin State Park – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #87 – Lake Talquin State Park

  1. marge drew
    July 25, 2015

    Beautiful painting Sharon. What an interesting park. Love theCracker house with the fire truck. Found the spider story interesting.Spider pictures were super..but was glad I was not the one to takedown the webs.. Your photos showed off the park well. Turtle on a log was fun.  Thanks   Margé

    • FlaScenics
      July 25, 2015

      Thanks Marge!
      There was one spider I didn’t take a picture of, a huge tarantula looking thing. I stayed away from him!

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