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 #121 – Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers many acres and has several entrance points. We chose to visit this park at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. For some reason it was closed on a Saturday afternoon! So we parked at the main gate near the highway and walked in.

Down the shell road sits a cluster of buildings with a visitors center and plant nursery. We walked around a few of the trails and I ended up painting the view of one of the trails at the education center. The trail leads to a small pond with a dock. The pond is obviously home to an alligator or two, but I didn’t  see any while there.

Charlotte Harbor Alligator Trail - 8x8

Charlotte Harbor Alligator Trail – 8×8″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #121 – Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

  1. marge drew
    November 21, 2015

    Pretty cool park!!  Beautiful painting!  Sorry you could notdrive into it..Glad you had fun and did not encounter thegators.  Great job Sharon.. Sorry I am way behind on seeingyour parks because my husband had a heart attact and surgrepair..They kept him for quite awhile attempting to get fluid out of his lungs..   He has a  double whammy with  nowcongestive heart failure and idiopathic interstitial fibrosis.He is on  oxygen 24 hrs a day..  Thought that you would liketo know that Paul thought that he had costocondritis again buthis cardio doc was there and said ..well its a 50 -50  chance so lets go in and see ..and if its a heart attack I  will fix it..  99% blockedwith blood clot..in and out in  20 min on  minor anesthetic. So noworry  that anything will be mistaken..  loveMargé

  2. FlaScenics
    November 21, 2015

    Thanks Margé! Glad the Dr took it seriously and Paul came through OK! I do worry that they won’t take it seriously if a woman had the same symptoms. Hope the oxygen is just temporary and he can get off of it eventually. You two sure have had an ordeal!

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