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Peek Beyond the Pika - Original Painting

Peek Beyond the Pika - Original Painting

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Peek beyond the pika, and tell me, how many other Rocky Mountain animals do you see? Do you see an elk? Maybe a big horn sheep? A bear perhaps? 

This piece is for the mountain lovers who know what it's like (or have it as a goal) to get to the top of a long hike, and enjoy a rewarding sandwich on a talus field while pika call to each other across the boulders. 

Pika (Ochotona daurica) are what wildlife biologists call an "indicator species." They survive on plants specialized for high alpine tundra habitats (like the flowers this little guy carries). These plants are sensitive to climate change. So, as climate change warms our mountains and shrinks the range of these plants, scientists are made aware by changes in pika populations and ranges. Pika "indicate" the change, and those changes will be felt by others... like elk, bighorn sheep, bear, squirrel, eagle, mountain lion, and hummingbird. 

For those of us called to the mountains, this painting is a reminder of the wondrous beauty of the Rockies, their exquisite and complex biodiversity, and the inspiration they bring us. It's a reminder to preserve these elements that bring us joy and freedom and solitude, and to highlight that we are a part of a bigger ecosystem. 

Display your values with "Peek Beyond the Pika."

This is an original work from the Our Wild Wonderful World Collection

Dimensions:  12"x9", watercolor and ink on 350lb cold press watercolor paper.  

*Note colors may shift slightly on different screens.

Originals are painted with archival paints on 100% cotton archival watercolor paper. 

Shipped with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

Originals are:

  • Made with ecofriendly materials
  • Vegan
  • Non-toxic
  • Shipped in sustainable packaging
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