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 #112 – Bald Point State Park

Bald Point State Park is located on the Forgotten Coast of Florida near Panacea. Out here you get a feel for what old Florida was like before all the beaches were built up with condos and hotels. There are Pine trees along the marshes and sandy ridges where the Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay. The tide rushes by the point creating an excellent spot for fishing the salt water tides.

We got to this park on a very dark and windy Saturday morning. The clouds were thick and rain was offshore. We were lucky that the rain skirted by just to the west allowing us to spend the morning at this beautiful park. The pending rain kept many people away and for the first couple of hours Rick and I were the only souls around. Eventually a couple of fishermen came out to try their luck.

I set up to paint along the shoreline on a ridge overlooking the marsh with pines in the distance. The wind was really blowing and I had to hang my backpack onto my easel to keep it from blowing over. Rick fished right next to me where the swift tidal currant was flowing just along the sandy beach. He was able to catch and release a few flounder and trout.

While I painted the view I watched the sandpipers and herons fish for their dinner. Dozens of Hermit Crabs were scurrying in the shallow tide & even scurried across Rick’s feet while he was fishing! There were also some larger horseshoe crabs on the beach digging to lay their eggs.

Closer to the park entrance there were many fall wildflowers blooming. I took photos of some, but the high winds made it difficult not to get a blurry photo!

This park is a longer drive than most, but the isolation is what makes this park special.

For more information on this park, visit their website

Bald Point - 8x10

Bald Point – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

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