The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
Last weekend a friend and I took a drive and discovered Green Springs. Located on the north shore of Lake Monroe, the springs has a long history.
Even though we just discovered this little green gem, people have been flocking to this spring for more than 6,000 years! Humans have dug up the Indian shell mounds to build roads and use as fertilizer, they’ve torn down native trees and planted non-native exotics that have taken over certain areas. Steamships docked nearby and there was even an inn on top of the mounds. Through all of this, the green springs still survives.
The spring gets its name from the bright green color of the water. It appears bottomless and cloudy. The smell of sulphur hangs in the air. With all the abuse humans have thrown its way, the spring still pumps out its green sulphur water. There are even a few spring vents pumping water out along a small “run” of water.
The spring itself is one of the prettier springs in my opinion. It has large ferns and palms all along the banks and no swimming is allowed, so the waters stay calm and serene. Except for a few times when a huge creature came up from the depths to get air at the surface! Not sure if it was a huge fish or a turtle, the water was too green and cloudy to tell.
We enjoyed painting at this historic spring. It was a beautiful, peaceful and quiet getaway.