This beautiful bird was seen in the Japanese Gardens in Ft. Worth, Texas. The painting is of a sketch and photograph of the Heron , but the background is from my imagination.
This is reminisce of all the sunsets I enjoyed while living at the foot of the Sandia Mountain. Looking West from there the Rio Grande Valley rises to the West Mesa on which five extinct volcanos reside. Every evening as the sunset builds behind them, they appear as sentinels guarding heavens treasured gold.