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

So long to A.S. Herlong

It’s an end of an era in Leesburg. Soon a new buyer will be demolishing the A.S. Herlong building, which has stood along the rail road tracks and across from the … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ferris Groves on my day off…

Yesterday I visited Ferris Groves in Floral City. This popular grove stand has been a popular stop for tourists and locals to get their citrus and other Florida made goodies … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Oh Ozello

One of my favorite places in Florida is the road to Ozello. It’s a long twisty two lane road where the speed limits rarely get up to 30mph. Around each … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

Practice Painting

Last weekend I decided to go to a local park and see what wildflowers were blooming in this extra hot summer season. I found quite a few flowers putting on a … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Withlacoochee Wortharevisit!

Just in case you didn’t get the title – Withlacoochee is definitely Worth a Re-visit! We spent a day this past holiday weekend out exploring some more of the Withlacoochee … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

Discovering the Forgotten Coast

Last weekend a friend and I went up to Apalachicola. We were there in the middle of two great events and we were lucky enough to see a little bit of … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Way down yonder on the Withlacoochee

Well, that’s not exactly how the song goes, but it does have a good ring to it! This past weekend I discovered a new park near Dade City on the … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Plein Air Magazine – Outdoor Painter

I am excited to share an article in Plein Air Magazines online version OutdoorPainter.com about my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour! Click the link to see the whole story: link

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Park #140 – Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Florida’s most southerly State Park is the 140th and last painting of my Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located on the western side … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #137 – Blue Springs State Park

I visited Blue Springs State Park in Orange City on Christmas Eve day. When I arrived early in the morning, there weren’t many people there at all and I had … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #129 – Fort George Island Cultural State Park

  As you drive just outside of Jacksonville, this park is one of the first in a string of scenic State Parks. The quiet road through the park has some great … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #126 – Lake Louisa State Park

I just posted park #126 to my blog! Click here to see more…

December 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #125 – Faver-Dykes State Park

The entrance road to Faver-Dykes State Park near St. Augustine is easy to find if you know to exit off I-95 and  look behind the bright orange signs of the pecan … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #124 – Stump Pass State Park

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 … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Park #120 – Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park is fairly close to home and I know that to get inside the park on a hot steamy Saturday, it is best to arrive early! Even … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #116 – Lovers Key State Park

It was a typical hot sunny summer day while we were at Lovers Key State Park near Fort Myers. First we explored the bay area where they rent kayaks and … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #114 – Econfina River State Park

When we woke up the morning of our visit to Econfina River State Park (northwest of Perry, FL), we knew we were in for an all day rain soaker. There was … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #112 – Bald Point State Park

Bald Point State Park is located on the Forgotten Coast of Florida near Panacea. Out here you get a feel for what old Florida was like before all the beaches … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #110 – Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

We arrived at Wakulla Springs mid-day on a Saturday afternoon. The spring area was packed with teenagers swimming and diving off the platform. There was another viewing platform near the boat … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #106 – San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

We arrived at Devil’s Millhopper State Park before it opened, so we drove just a mile or two down the road to San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park. There were … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #105 – Devil’s Millhopper State Park

On this visit to Devil’s Millhopper State Park in Gainesville I was in for a surprise. The recent rains had filled the deep sink with water, and half of the … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #104 – Dudley Farm Historic State Park

I spent a tranquil Saturday morning at Dudley Farm Historic State Park near Gainesville. I arrived early and it was just me and the farm animals for the first couple of … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #102 – Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

The full name of this state park is actually the Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park – whew! what a long name! This majestic columned … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 # 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

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 #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 # 57 – Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was hit by a barge in 1980. A section of the bridge collapsed and 35 people were killed. When a new bridge was built, sections at … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

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