Park #96 – Silver Springs State Park, Part 1
When I was driving to Silver Springs State Park, I knew exactly the scene I would paint. Having been to this park many times before, I wanted to paint the view of the famous glass-bottom boats floating over the spring. This view had the added plus of being in the shade!
I arrived at the park early in the morning. As I set up my easel and started to sketch, I was able to experience the park as it quietly woke for the day. I watched as the glass bottom boats drove out onto the spring from their overnight rests. A cormorant was chasing fish in the clear water. Fish swirled around the rocks in the deep blue cavern. A few osprey circled overhead. Then the people started to arrive. There were families of locals and tourists, all of them amazed at the blue clear water. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “look there’s a fish!”
Then the Kayakers and SUP riders paddled onto the river. Most of them had their eyes looking down in the depths of the spring as they floated above. But one lady floated in on her kayak talking on her cell phone the whole time. She just sat in her kayak yakking away oblivious to the glass bottom boat waiting for her to move out of the way. Finally the people on the boat got fed up and they all yelled together “GET OFF THE PHONE!” She put the phone down and paddled to the edge, then quickly picked it up again to continue yakking.
I really have had trouble painting springs during this state park tour! The color and water clarity is very hard to capture on canvas. And this time I was also painting a larger canvas and painting a boat that only stayed in place for a few minutes, then would drive away! Each time a new boat came over the springs, I painted a little more of the boat. It was quite comical how many men in red shirts sat in the back chair!
After visiting the springs, I headed over the another section of the park – look for part 2 coming soon!
For more information about this park, visit their website
Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat – 12×16″ Oil on Linen panel Framed
Glass bottom Boat in the morning
Silver Springs Entrance
I saw Chuck Berry play here a few years ago. He put on a great show!
Chief Osceola Statue
Sign in the park
Historic boat on display
The famous twisted Tree
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Traffic Jam on the springs
View Down River
Kayakers and Gator
Boat & kayakers
Boat on the river
Boats over the spring
Emerald green eyes of the cormorant
Cormorant diving for fish
Morning on the spring
Damselfly rests on my painting
Painting in progress