Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Salt Marsh Harvest Mice

Another of my "Numbered Days" series of endangered creatures. These cute little fellers are found only in the San Francisco Bay area. They are very unusual in that they drink salt water and swim very well, floating on the tide looking for pickleweed plants to munch upon. Their days are numbered because housing developments continually drain or dyke the marshlands near the bay, eliminating their habitat. I'm not a huge fan of mice, but I'm rooting for them! 

Oil on wood panel, 30" x 36"

1 comment:

Way Out Wear said...

I agree, I'm not a fan of most rodents but they have their place in our ecosystem. I can't believe they drink salt water. Poor little guys, I hope they don't go extinct.

Love this illustration, especially the sky