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 #115 – San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

My first trip to San Marcos de Apalache was right at 5 in the afternoon. It was a  glorious clear sunny evening and I was hoping to paint the golden sunlight on the river that runs by the park. But just as we pulled in to park, the ranger was leaving! This park closes earlier than most and closed at 5 instead of sunset like most other parks. Oh well!

It was a nice evening, so we went over to the park and boat ramp right next door. Rick fished off the dock and I took some lovely photos of the late afternoon sun.

The next day we went back to the park, but this time the sun had no intentions of coming out. It was a drizzly grey day.

I walked around the park and found a point on a hill overlooking the St. Marks River as it flowed to the gulf. It was a high bluff and at one point in history was the site of a spanish fort. It certainly did provide a good vantage point to view boats coming up the river. The view was grande and the rain had stopped and the sky cleared just long enough for me to finish the painting!

For more information about this park, visit their website

San Marcos de Apalache - 8x10

San Marcos de Apalache – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

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