About this blog

Florida’s landscape is rich with native flowers and plants that only grow here. The state was named FLORIDA for a reason! I started this blog because as a native Floridian myself, I am always learning about, growing & photographing our native plants & flowers. Just because it is growing wild, doesn’t necessarily make it a weed worth killing!


As a native Floridian I feel most at home outdoors in the fields, marshes & woodlands. While outdoors, sometimes I’m a painter – sometimes I’m a photographer. Whichever it is – I am always enjoying what Florida offers.

Plein Air painting (painting outdoors) has been a perfect way for me to capture our beautiful scenery on canvas and also soak in Florida’s wonder. These paintings have a loose spontaneous feel as they are done quickly to capture the moment. However I do enjoy to paint at my home studio too! There I can take more time and get more details in a scene.

While out painting or exploring I come across many native plants, flowers, insects & critters. I always have my camera to take advantage of whatever mother nature throws my way.
Thanks for visiting!
Sharon Osterholt – Artist
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14 Responses to “About this blog”

  1. Shirley August 20, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Glad I found this site as I, also, take delight in taking photos of the wild flowers I see but seldom know the name of. I do carry a little book to help id the stuff that grows and lives in Florida but then I find something tha tisn’t in the book. My places for looking for wild flowers is the Lower Suwanne Refuge Loop, Withlacoochee Forests and Chassowitzka. Sometimes Goethe too. Every Sunday is my day to drive about one these places and enjoy the nature of Florida. I have been pretty much disabled, so all of my photography has been from the car…looking forward to more of your grand photos! Hugs, Shirley

  2. Justin May 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    I really love your blog, and your photos are absolutely beautiful. They are an inspiration! How do you personally go about discovering what species you are photographing. I have my own blog, and sometimes have trouble with identification. Cheers!

    • FlaScenics May 25, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      Hi Justin,
      I’m a native Floridian and grew up always interested in the plants and animals around me. So I have a basic knowledge, which helps lead me to the right area. If I don’t know exactly what something is – I can at least say – “that’s similar to” then look it up. The Florida Plant atlas is where I get most of my information, but it is tough if you don’t know where to start.
      A really good book to get is “The Guide to Florida Wildflowers” by Walter Kingsley Taylor. It is organized by flower color so things are easy to find.

  3. Rose Ribbon July 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Hello! So happy I found your blog… Beautiful photos! I just started to blog also, and I think we have lots in common. I just subscribed to your blog. Thanks for what you do! ~Pam

    • FlaScenics July 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Pam, Thanks for subscribing!
      Florida is home to me, but California is such a beautiful place to be too! You have such an awesome variety of scenery there.
      Good luck with your new blog adventure!

  4. Jenny August 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Thank you for this website. I am glad I found it. I I am an avid gardner and am making it my goal to plant only Florida native or Florida “friendly” plants. I started my “garden” this spring and already have alot of native wildlife. I have deturfed and have only Florida native or friendly shrubs, trees, vines, wildflowers, vines and grasses. I am looking forward to next year. Thank you for the beautiful photos. It is always nice to see a photo before purchasing new plants. I have found a Florida Native Nursery that is a member of the afnn. Thanks again.

    • FlaScenics August 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Jenny –

      Thanks for reading my blog – Glad you enjoy!

  5. Ron Thomas February 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    You have created a beautiful and immensely useful site. Thank you and congratulations!

  6. karen newenham February 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve really enjoyed your website. I’m always photographing flowers and have fun trying to identify them, which is how I found your blog. Keep up the good work. Your images are awesome.

    • FlaScenics February 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks Karen, Glad you are finding it helpful!

  7. gnagy2 November 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    We love your site! There are some ground cover flowers which have begun to show along the side of the roads in Sarasota that we didn’t see listed and aren’t able to identify – perhaps you or one of your readers knows what they are? Thanks!

  8. John Lampkin December 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Sharon, I gave you a heads up re a typo — pickerel — but wanted to say that I enjoy and admire your blog. Thanks!

    • FlaScenics December 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

      Thank you John! Glad you enjoy it.

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