Editor. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US National Parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time.
Mojave Desert Animals ~ Story and photos by FITZ MAURICE
Did you know that wild burros are out roaming the Mojave Desert? A wrangler told me that you hardly ever see wild burros out there anymore. So I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this one in the distance and was able to zoom in and catch it on camera before he turned tail and scrambled away.
Wild burro roaming the Mojave Desert
There are several things about burros that make us laugh – just when you get use to them standing around like they are half asleep they suddenly throw their heads up and run around madly as if they are possessed! They also “bray” (heehaw) whenever they get excited and it just makes you bust out laughing when you hear them going at it.
As hungry as this Desert Coyote looks, it is best not to feed him! Recently, I learned that humans feeding coyotes causes them to become increasingly dependent on man. Coyotes hunt day and night and will eat just about anything. Your trash and the fruit you are growing is food that they will eat. Unbelievably, coyotes will stand on their hind legs to knock down the fruit off your tree and gobble up the spoil.
If they can’t find food in your living area, coyotes will return to their natural environments and hunting ways. Coyotes need to hunt for their food in the wild for their species to survive!
I enjoy having a Photo Album Collection – of all the wildlife I’ve captured by my camera. Want to encourage everyone to create a personal photo album: a collection of the wild animals you were able to catch with your camera.
You ought to experience Joshua Tree National Park now! This is the best time of year to see the desert tortoise emerging from the underground – where they spend 95 percent of their lives. This is also the best time of year to see the cactus blooming and all the magical wildflowers bursting open, carpeting the desert floor in a quilt of bright colors.
FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America for four years now. Totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world. To see her National Park Paintings: www.nationalparkpaintings.com