STORIES FROM THE WOODS IX ~ Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs and FITZ 8/15

My favorite place in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington is –  Grove of the Patriarchs. You feel like a child in a story book as you are lured deeper into this mysterious fairyland of behemoth thousand year old trees and magical turquoise water. The fragrant air and the way these giant trees muffle out the all other sounds – intensifies the spell. Looking up at 300 foot tall trees is marvelous and your eyes can only shine when they see the sparkling crystal clear water of the Ohanapecosh River.



  This magical river is exceptionally beautiful because it is fed by mountain snow melt – whereas most of the other rivers are “milky” because they flow from the glaciers on Mt. Rainier. Wandering along the river you can cross over the suspension bridge to the island with ancient Western red cedars, Western Hemlocks and massive Douglas firs – completing the forest fantasy !
Mountains are monumental – but would you want to live in a world without Trees ?
 I have enormous love and respect for trees – especially trees that have survived thousands of years. I learned so much about trees by painting them for over 20 years.  Across cultures and time – trees have been believed to be the greatest living things on earth and that groves were God’s first temples.  Why aren’t we wise enough to learn from them – how did they survive it all ? On this note – I am excited to share a small and powerful book titled: “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jim Robbins. I learned so much about trees that it left me hungry for more. In fact reading this book gave me Hope for the survival of our planet !  I was thrilled when I read – reforestation can reverse many of our modern-day water pollution problems and that a field of a thousand willow trees on an acre of land can treat ten gallons of toxic water per minute ! Trees can save our planet !
Keep your eyes out for the finished Oil Painting – “Sleeping Giant, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington – Now being painted ! 
  FITZ Maurice has been on a QUEST to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed  to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to each Park.Then hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene. 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.