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.com from time to time.
A bird’s-eye view: Fitz’s Stories From the Woods
Today I saw a Bald Eagle – right where it should be – in fluid flight gliding over the Washington Skagit River spying for fish! It is one of the most glorious of sights for me. Every time I see an eagle fly I take a deep breath and feel good inside. John Denver sang how he was sorry for the man who never saw an eagle fly. You should go out to see eagles fly! It will help you – to learn to fly.
Bald Eagles stand up to three and a half feet high with a wingspan up to eight feet, and the females are larger than the males. These great beings are to be revered, and if you wish to seek wisdom, try to learn from their ways of surviving abundantly.
I recently learned that during the month of December you can literally see hundreds of Bald Eagles at North Cascades National Park, as they migrate there annually for the chum salmon. The surrounding towns of Marblemount and Rockport have a Bald Eagle Festival going on all of December. What an awesome destination for all artists and photographers to capture the iconic symbol of freedom!
When my son Dylan was a boy, I took him to Yosemite National Park, where we shared the exceptional experience of watching two Bald Eagles flying side by side. Their wings were touching in perfect harmony. I had tears of joy when they swooped right over our heads! When we relayed this story to the Ranger at the National Park, he said, “I’ve heard about that pair of Bald Eagles but I haven’t had the luck yet of seeing them after four years here.”
Yes, it does make me feel proud to be an American when I see a Bald Eagle fly ! Yes, I am proud of my son Dylan who is now an officer in the United States Marine Corp !
This super adorable forest bird is a Red-breasted Nuthatch. He stands only four inches high with a wingspan of about eight inches.
Now, for the “Little Guy Bird Story”: I was walking along through dark woods when this little nuthatch character flew to a branch very near me and purposely gave me the eye. I instantly fell in love! He twitched his head side to side to give me his one eye at a time. Looking me over, and seemingly satisfied, he slowly flew away. I was tickled pink to see this adorable cartoonish character flirt with me as if we were in a storybook!
This storybook fantasy can happen to you too. Go out into nature… Go to your nearest National Park. Get outside and set your spirit free!
The longer I live with nature, the more I hear the child I was, calling me out to play. Listening to her for the first time in my adult life – I’m embracing her and letting her run for joy !
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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. 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.