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 #136 – Bulow Creek State Park

Bulow Creek State Park is located in a particularly scenic section of Florida just north of Ormond Beach. Just off the famous “Ormond Loop” scenic drive this park is worth a stop.

The park has several different access points, most of them just pull-offs of the main road. We stopped at the water access point off of Walter Boardman road. While Rick checked out the fishing opportunities, I noticed this wooden carved tombstone nailed way high in an old oak tree. I wonder if it was nailed to a younger tree and grew that high, or if someone climbed the tree?

It was a bit muddy at that point, so we drove over to another access off Old Dixie highway and found the Fairchild Oak. I decided to paint the old grandfather oak. It was hard to tell if this tree was larger than the old oak at Lake Griffin State Park. I think Lake Griffin’s tree is wider, but the Fairchild Oak is taller.

For more information about this park, visit their website


Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek – 8×10″ oil on linen panel

2 comments on “Park #136 – Bulow Creek State Park

  1. marge drew
    December 24, 2015

    Love your painting!!  Never saw that tombstone marker..but youdo ask an intriguing question.  Your photos are fantastic.  I wishthat I had known you were in town here.. Sorry I missed you.I hope you also go to paint Tomoka State Park too as its not that farfrom Bulow on the same street as the Fairchild Oak.. and is quite lovelyespecially around the boat launch area! other places too..Thanks again for your wonderful blog and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you andto Rick Margé

  2. FlaScenics
    December 25, 2015

    Thank you Margé! I did both parks in the same day, Tomoka in the morning, then over to Fairchild Oak in the afternoon, so it was a busy day! I will be posting Tomoka in a day or two;-) I really like that area, so much scenery and history too.
    A Merry Christmas to you and Paul too!

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