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 #103 – Ybor City Museum State Park

I spent a quiet Sunday morning on the streets of old Ybor City near Tampa. The air was cool and dry (for a change!) and the streets empty of cars … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 101 Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park

This post is the 100th painting on the Florida State Park Tour! Only a few months left to complete my goal of painting at each of Florida’s State Parks this … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #100 – Hontoon Island State Park

Hontoon Island State Park is along the St. Johns River just south of Deland. The road to the park winds past the old Deland train station and pretty scenery. As you get … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #99 – Big Shoals State Park

The first time we went by Big Shoals State Park we couldn’t find it! Siri kept taking us to the other side of the river, and when we finally figured … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #98 – River Rise State Park

As you drive by the entrance for River Rise State Park, you’ll notice the gate is closed and locked. To gain access, just go to the ranger station at nearby … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #97 – Ichetucknee Springs State Park

I was lucky to be at Ichetucknee Springs State Park on a quiet late afternoon. This park is usually jammed with swimmers and tubers and the roads are backed up … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #96 – Silver Springs State Park – Part 2

I painted at near the springs all morning, then in the afternoon I packed up and drove over to a separate entrance of the park. This section of the park is mostly pine … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #96 – Silver Springs State Park, Part 1

When I was driving to Silver Springs State Park, I knew exactly the scene I would paint. Having been to this park many times before, I wanted to paint the … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #95 – Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

According to the website for Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, the prime time to visit the park is in spring when the azaleas and camellias are in bloom. … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #94 – Avalon State Park

Avalon State Park is located just south of Vero Beach. It is a beautiful stretch of beach along A1A, with forested land across the road on the bayside too. There … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #93 – Oleta River State Park

On the north end of Biscayne Bay sits this oasis of mangroves and turquoise waters surrounded by condos and shopping centers. When I first drove in the sun was shining bright … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #92 – The Barnacle Historic State Park

Before we visited Key Biscayne &  Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, we stopped first at The Barnacle Historic State Park. This park features a historic old home and boathouse … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #91 – Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Happy National Lighthouse Day! As we drove over to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park just across the Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami the morning air was hazy from fires … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #90 – Florida Caverns State Park

When we got to Florida Caverns State Park it was already steaming hot at 9am! We had been to this park many years ago and took the cave tour. It … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #89 – Falling Waters State Park

When we got to Falling Waters State Park the wind was really starting to blow and storm clouds were moving in. We quickly went down the trail to the waterfall this park is … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #88 – Three Rivers State Park

We drove into to Three Rivers State Park (just west of Tallahassee near the Georgia border) in the middle of a hot steamy typical Florida summer afternoon. As we passed the entrance … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #87 – Lake Talquin State Park

If I had to guess, I’d say that Lake Talquin State Park near Tallahassee has the most spiders of any park in Florida! And luckily for all the visitors who … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #86 – Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park

We drove into Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, and once again were the only people here to enjoy the park. There is something special at being the only humans in … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #85 – Constitution Convention Museum State Park

When we arrived early in the morning at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park near Appalachicola, it hadn’t opened yet. Even though we couldn’t tour the museum we were able … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #84 – Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

Ponce de Leon Springs State park is between Pensacola and Tallahassee. There is another spring called De Leon Springs State Park, it is closer to Deland and is famous for … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #83 – Torreya State Park

When we got to this park in the middle of a hot summer day, there weren’t any other cars in the parking lot! It  was very quiet and serene walking … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #82 – Forest Capital Museum State Park

There is more to this state park than meets the eye. While I was taking photos of the park entrance sign I saw a marker for a former WWII era … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #81 – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

We got to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park after driving through downtown Fort Lauderdale. A scary looking storm was brewing to the west and the tall dark clouds covered the … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #80 – John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

I pulled into John U. Lloyd Beach State Park very early in the morning. It was a bright morning with a bit of smoky haze from fires in everglades. The first … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #79 – Dr. Julien G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

When we drove over the bridge to St. George Island State Park there was lighthouse right at the end of the road. We stopped and took some photos of the pretty … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #78 – John Gorrie Museum State Park

After spending the morning at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, we arrived in downtown Apalachicola later in the afternoon. The museum was closed, but the grounds were park-like corner squares … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #77 – T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

It was a beautiful drive along the gulf coast from Port St. Joe to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Along the way are glimpses of beach and … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #76 – Grayton Beach State Park

We used a cabin at Grayton Beach State Park as our home base while visiting the parks in the panhandle area. The cabins are set away from the main park, and … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #75 – Camp Helen State Park

After lunch we arrived at Camp Helen State Park. It is located where a large dune lake (Lake Powell) enters the Gulf of Mexico. It is a very pretty location, … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park # 74 – Eden Gardens State Park

If you are heading over to Eden Gardens State Park, don’t follow directions from Siri! She wants to take you to the woods on the back side of the park … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #73 – Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park

After visiting Blackwater River State Park, we headed west on I-10 a few miles to Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park. This park doesn’t have any amenities, with just a very small gravel parking … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #72 – Blackwater River State Park

We visited Blackwater River State Park just east of Pensacola after a long day of driving from central Florida. It was mid-afternoon and a few families were enjoying the cool water … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #71 – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located a few miles east of Destin. Apparently this park is big with RV crowd, and as we pulled in to the entrance station … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Side Trip – Wild Orchid Walk with Prem

Today I went on a field trip to east Orlando for an Orchid Walk lead by Prem Subrahmanyam. Prem is an expert in Florida native orchids and creator of http://www.flnativeorchids.com We all … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #70 – St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park was a surprise. After driving through the heart of Panama City Beach and it’s hotels and t-shirt shops we really didn’t expect this park to be … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

Park #69 – Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park is along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County. Amid all the “new urbanism” planned communities along this stretch of two lane road, this State Park preserves one … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 68 – Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Traffic on the four lane highway that leads to Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park seemed busy for the late morning, but once we pulled into the park, the crowds … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #67 – Henderson Beach State Park

While driving to Henderson Beach State Park, we knew we must be close because we saw a green patch amid the condos and restaurants! It’s nice that this little patch of … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #66 – Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

We visited Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in the middle of a very hot afternoon! It was very hot, but I was able to find a spot in the shade … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #65 – Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park is just west of Pensacola on a large saltwater lagoon. Across the lagoon is Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was a bright sunny day the morning … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Side Trip – Gulf Islands National Seashore

On the way to Perdido Key State Park, we saw the turn-off for this National park. We decided to make a quick stop here after a local fisherwoman told my … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Painting #63 – Perdido Key State Park

We just got back from a painting trip to the Florida panhandle area, and started with the farthest west you can go and still be in Florida! Perdido Key is … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 62 – Estero Bay Preserve State Park

We arrived at Estero Bay Preserve State Park on an overcast morning. The sun didn’t show the entire time we were there. So my painting looks a bit moody! This … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park # 61 – Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

After spending a morning at shopping and sightseeing in sleepy old town Micanopy, and lunch at Blue Highway (great pizza and salads!) we hoped over to Paynes Prairie Preserve State … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #60 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

We arrived at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek after a morning of antique shopping in Micanopy and exploring Cross Creek. This area of Florida is especially beautiful … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #59 – O’Leno State Park

When we arrived at O’Leno State Park, it was a misty slightly foggy morning and the weather stayed that way for most of the day. It never rained, but the … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #58 – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

We arrived at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park mid-afternoon as the clouds were building. We stopped at the overlook down a deep ravine formed by Gold Head Branch. … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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