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 #113 – Ochlockonee River State Park

After spending the morning painting to beat the rain at Bald Point State Park, we traveled to nearby Ochlockonee River State Park where the rain was happy to meet us!

The park was absolutely empty. The rain was just a drizzle, but it was enough to keep everyone inside. Too bad, as we were able to still see and do plenty in this large park.

Once inside the entrance gate, the long winding drive leads through the pines and wildflowers to where it meets the Ochlockonee River. Lucky for us there was a covered pavilion where we had our lunch and I set up my gear to paint the view. It was nice to keep dry and still be able to paint!

Not long after setting up a cute little white squirrel came by to see if I had any treats for him. There are many white squirrels in this park. They aren’t albino, but a mutation of the grey squirrel. I even saw a grey squirrel with a white dot on his back. The white squirrels must be used to the extra attention and are very curious, especially if you have nuts to share!

As we drove out of the park, we stopped several times so I could get some photos of the wildflowers. Then we saw a white blur run across the road. It too big to be a squirrel! It was half white deer called a “piebald”, with a white body and brown face and ears. I tried to get a photo, but even though it was white it quickly disappeared into the weeds.

This is a large and very “Florida” looking park. Even with the rain there was plenty to see. Hopefully it is dry the next time we visit and we’ll walk the trails. Who knows what surprises we would find!

For more information about this park, visit their website

Ochlockonee in the rain - 8x10

Ochlockonee in the rain – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

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