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

Green Springs

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 … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

You’re invited!

There is still time to visit  Mt. Dora and see all the paintings from my Florida State Park Plein Air Tour… After 14 months of painting the Florida State Parks, all … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

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 #139 – Bahia Honda State Park

We left our cottage in Islamorada early, so when we pulled into Bahia Honda State Park the morning light was just perfect! It was a beautiful clear sunny day, but … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Park #138 – Tomoka State Park

It was a perfect morning to visit Tomoka State Park (near Ormond Beach), clear, cool and sunny! Rick and I explored the park before I set off to paint. First we … Continue reading

December 28, 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 #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 #127 – Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park just north of Jacksonville is just a small little square of land on a hill overlooking the Amelia River. There isn’t much here now, but … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 #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 #109 – Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

For a Saturday afternoon, this park was very quiet. When we arrived some boy scouts were working on a landscaping project near the picnic area. There were only a couple … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Park #108 – St. Marks River Preserve State Park

St. Marks River Preserve State Park is one of the newer state parks, so it doesn’t have all the amenities yet. But what it does have is many trails and lots … Continue reading

October 7, 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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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

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 # 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

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

Florida State Park Plein Air Tour – Side Trip to Cross Creek and Evinston

While I was painting at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, Rick decided to take my camera and check out the little town of Cross Creek. Then later, we both went … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 4 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

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