The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Wekiwa Springs State Park is fairly close to home and I know that to get inside the park on a hot steamy Saturday, it is best to arrive early! Even though it is technically fall, the heat is still going strong, so I did get to the park early. First I drove around towards the camping area to get some photos of the wildflowers. The pines here were burned a few years ago, which set off a bloom showcase each fall. Last year was just terrific, and this year was pretty showy too! Many butterflies and insects were buzzing all around the blooming Partridge Peas, Blazing Stars, Summer Farewell, Blue Curls and other wildflowers.
Then I was off to the Spring area. As I was driving I saw a few deer on a hill, but by the time I pulled over to get a photo they disappeared into the woods. There are also red-headed woodpeckers and wild turkeys here, but I didn’t see them on this visit.
You may have seen Wekiva spelled two different ways. Wekiwa with a “w” is the actual spring, and Wekiva with a “v” is the river that flows from the springs. So if you are going canoeing, you will be on the Wekiva River, if you are swimming you’ll want to go to the Wekiwa Spring! (There are alligators in the river, so the spring is the best area to swim)
The spring area was already filled with swimmers and sunbathers. I chose set-up my gear on a little bridge that crosses the river to paint this little palm tree. This area is just beyond where most of the swimmers are, so it was just a bit quieter and out of the way. During this Plein Air Tour of all of Florida’s state parks, I’ve painted at least a dozen springs. Each spring is very different, but one thing is always the same… I have a hard time capturing the clear water and intense colors with paint!
I’ll just have to keep visiting these springs and practicing!
For more information about this park, visit their website