When I moved to the Pacific Northwest I became acquainted with a most curious creature, the bushy- tailed woodrat (also known as the packrat). Packrats are nature’s little folk artists, always searching for interesting items to bring back to their nest, constantly adding new treasures to their collection. They secrete a substance called “amberat” which preserves their collections so they last for hundreds of years. Scientists have studied ancient packrat nests and found plant species that no longer exist in the area but were collected and preserved by packrats many years ago. Packrats actually create their own time capsules!
Pedro, a very special packrat I was able to tame with peanuts!
Packrat nest in an old juniper tree behind our house
I drop everything when I see you
I drop everything when I see you DETAIL
This is a new packrat who came to live here recently! BUSHY TAILED WOODRAT (Neotoma cinerea)
The title of this painting is Neotoma cinerea and the woman becomes the tree with the nest made of a collection of her favorite things, like a packrat ! The text on her body describes the life of packrats, both human and animal. Detail below:
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