Escaping extreme heat of the desert, this fellow has found a cool retreat inside a saguaro boot, where he can sit in the shade, watching the world go by.
One of the planet’s harshest environments, the Sonoran Desert hosts a wealth of creatures, each uniquely adapted to cope with desert conditions. This screech owl is one of many desert denizens who utilize the “boots” of saguaro cactus to nest and raise young, and escape the extreme heat/cold of the desert. The boot is a hard protective shell of bark-like tough scar tissue, formed in response to desert woodpeckers (Gila Woodpeckers, Gilded Flickers) excavating nesting cavities. This shell protects the cactus from disease and moisture loss. Through the years, many creatures will take advantage of these barbed fortress homes, including screech/elf owls, kestrels, finches, sparrows, purple martins, flycatchers, and wrens.
Found only in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and western Sonora, Mexico, slow growing Saguaro can live 150-200 years and grow 40-60 feet tall. When the desert experiences good rainfall, these giants can weigh 3,200-4,800 lbs!
Wallhanging, weight 29 lbs (perfect for wall, patio, or fence).
(5% of AFC sale to be donated to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for environmental education.)
Available Editions of this Artwork
|Edition Info||Edition Size||Dimensions||Edition Price|
|Bronze Ltd. Edition- "Desert Denizen" | Sculpture Edition (Numbered)||25||19.00" H x 10.50" W x 4.00" D||$6,200.00 USD|