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 #89 – Falling Waters State Park

When we got to Falling Waters State Park the wind was really starting to blow and storm clouds were moving in. We quickly went down the trail to the waterfall this park is named for. It was an easy walk down the steep ravine, but judging by the red faces of the people leaving, the walk up wasn’t going to be as easy! I made it to falls and decided to set-up my gear right on the deck overlooking the falls. I think this was the fastest painting I’ve ever done! I really didn’t want to get caught down all those steps if it started to rain. The water was falling over the cliff, straight down into a bottomless hole in the rock. There should have been a stream or pond at the bottom of the falls, but the water disappears into the Florida aquifer. After hiking back up the hill, the rain still hadn’t made it, so we walked over to the lake that feeds the falls. Here there is a nice beach for swimming and several trails that go into the forests. We saw many butterflies fluttering on the wildflowers. I think the Zebra Swallowtail in the photo below has the longest tail anyone has ever seen! For more information about this park, visit their website

Falling Waters - 6x8

Falling Waters – 6×8″ oil on canvas panel.

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