The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
When we got to Stump Pass State Park it was still a bit dark and overcast, but that changed quickly! The parking area is pretty small, but we were there early enough to get a parking spot.
We had never visited this park before, so we decided to walk the trail down to the pass. The trail is 1.3 miles each way! After hiking about halfway the soft sugar sand trail was flooded by the high tide. The water looked like a crystal clear river as it flowed over the trail. We decided to trudge through as it was only just over ankle deep. After that, the trail would be dry, then wet again. Some areas were dark water from the leaves on the trail.
Finally we made it to the tip of the island to the pass, and we found out why this park is called “Stump Pass”! There are many driftwood stumps along the beach. They made for pretty photos, but I didn’t think they dead wood would be so good for a painting. So we decided to hike back to one of the stops we passed earlier on the trail.
This spot was just perfect. I was able to find a small speck of shade under a sea-grape tree to paint the trail as it went over the dune to the beach. Rick fished the bayside just a few yards from where I stood. How nice to have the beach and the bay within view!
Rick was lucky fishing and caught some trout, snook and even a puffer fish! I saw a dolphin swimming the beach and ospreys flying overhead.
Stump pass is a beautiful natural beach worth visiting!
For more information about this park, visit their website