Glacier National Park: Moonlit Watch
Glacier National Park: Moonlit Watch Original Wildlife Painting by Stefan Baumann
12×16 Oil on Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars
3″ Dark Wood
Lower Right- Baumann Date Completed: 2014 22k gold name plate inscribed, Moonlit Watch – Stefan Baumann, Glacier National Park
Journal Entry October 15, 2006
I hiked and painted in Glacier National Park today. When the day was nearly over, I set up camp above Haystack Falls which is one of the most stunning visual features in the park. When camping in the Rockies, it’s always vital to keep both eyes and ears open for grizzly bears, and this night was no exception. The night was especially quite and still. I had just crawled into my sleeping bag since the nights come early and cold this time of year in the northern Rockies. I fell asleep and later was awakened by the movement of rocks rolling down the hillside near my camp. Startled awake, I listened for the heavy rumblings of a bear but this was different. I opened my tent door by pulling the zipper down to peek out and see what was going on. The night sky was illuminated by a full moon so brightly that it felt like day light. I look up above me, and saw a great white ghost-like shape making its way along the shear cliff. I could clearly see that it was a Glacier Park Mountain Goat who was probably as interested in me as I was in him. Startled by the sound that my zipper made, the magnificent goat froze, as did I, and after a moment he went on his way up the edge of the falls and over the ridge. I felt excited and inspired, and found it hard to go back to sleep; so I sat on a rock in the moonlight, made a few notes in my journal, and painted until dawn.
The Gallery in Mount Shasta, 2014 “One Man Show,”Western Scenes and Wildlife” Collection.
Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Center in Orland , CA in September, 2014.
Currently held by the artist.