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An American Experience

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The United States of America has a great variety of environments, from the sub-tropical everglades of Florida to the Arctic region of Alaska, from the deserts of Arizona to the North West coast rainforest. I consider myself very fortunate to have travelled extensively across this fine land.

Such diversity is to be expected on a continent, but there is always the unexpected in the natural world. Wilderness allows for the unexpected, the untamed wild has a freedom which is not predictable neither is it abandon. Rather, it is a true expression of freedom that runs to the rhythm of a known law, blown by the unseen winds, it spreads its wings under the canopy of benevolence. As the eye sees the effect of the changing winds and the ear hears the rustling of the leaves, freedom is shared and the soul is stilled by the whisper of the Creator's voice.

Natural things speak of the invisible and we become partakers of the divine. This is the mystery of nature, what is seen was not made out of what is visible.

Every natural object is a conductor of divinity - John Muir

Day after day they pour forth speech. Night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world - Psalm 19.

There is a balance in nature which in its purity is a teacher to all and time at its feet is well spent. The learned glean the essence of life, to do otherwise is to despise life itself.

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Come forth into the light. Let nature be your teacher - William Wordsworth

The vast domain of Alaska ensures adventure and many wonders. Whooping cranes fly South against the backdrop of Denali's Mount McKinley, reflected in the calm waters of the plateau lake.

Autumn colours provide a glorious carpet across the valleys, one night's chill beckons Winter and dispels the colour to Fall's wane of umber and ochre. Massive grizzly bears, with thick bleached coats, roam the ridges while devouring berries and ground squirrels, increasing poundage to insulate Winter's long hibernation. On the heights a bachelor group of Dall sheep claim the mountain slopes as a golden eagle soars above, transcending the summit. The bald eagle shares the sky and eyes its territory as would any patriotic herald.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn - John Muir

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Yellowstone National Park is the gem of Big Sky country, Montana and its neighbouring Wyoming. Within its boundaries exists a wonderful array of North America's finest inhabitors: cougar; coyote; elk; moose; bison; bighorn sheep; whitetail deer; wolves, amongst others. Wolves, the epitome of America's wilderness, under a cloud of false betrayal, have been mercilessly driven form most States. However, the call of the wild is theirs alone and would surely haunt us in its sorrowful demise.

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What Wilderness should be doing is speaking to our souls and teaching us about being quiet and respecting the world we live in - Bill Mason

Manifold wonders are discovered in the Olympic Peninsula, on the rain soaked Northwest Coast. The Continent's last remaining rainforest has sumptuous growth, moss adorns rock and branch in a swathe of greenery. A rugged coastline is open to the Pacific ocean, its bays become resting places for felled monoliths, echoes of a more wooded past.

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Further South are the monumental remnants of that wooded age, the Redwoods of California. They are sentinels that serve as beacons of a bygone era, standing colossal, voicing the cry of conservation and living grandeur louder than the spoken word. Sea life abounds, sea lions make their presence known with audible and frolicsome behaviour. Floating sea otters feast on abelone shells fished from the depths and brought to the surface through giant kelp forests.

The Atlantic ocean and the Gulf of Mexico hem in the peninsula of Florida with similar wealth of natural bounty. Sub-tropical environments of beach, everglade and mangrove are notable for bird life, with pelicans and snowy egrets in abundance. This is a welcome place for Northern migrants, wintering away from harsher climes, its faithful dwellers such as manatee, otter, alligator and marlin favour warm waters.

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The American experience is a repeatable experience, being ever resourceful and excessive in its natural affluence.

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BAS painting plein air in Denali National Park, Alaska. It was so cold in Alaska that even the oil paints on BAS' palette froze, which all added to the challenge that wildlife adventures bring!

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The Wildlife Adventures section of the website comprises of writings and images based on BAS' research trips around the globe. If you have any questions about the artists wilderness experiences then please contact BAS , there is much more gained from such wildlife adventures than can be expressed on these pages. Here you will learn of his wildlife encounters and the impressions that the varied locations made on the artist as he sought inspiration for his wildlife and nature art . More locations will be added to this section as BAS continues his passion for being immersed amongst the natural wonders of the world.


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