Jackrabbit, Giant Agave | Art Print
- Archival-quality giclée art print on a lovely heavy-weight paper with a matte finish.
- Print is 11" x 15" in size; image is about 7.75" x 12".
- Each print is hand signed by the artist.
- Does not come with the frame, but is so very suitable for framing. We recommend a 16"x20" frame with a white mat.
Other Things You Might Like to Know: The original artwork is graphite and colored pencil on paper | © 2015 Melinda Nettles | Designed and printed in Oregon, USA | Printed on Hahnemühle Photorag 308 gsm 100% cotton rag paper, with Epson pigmented Ultrachrome HD inks.
The Back Story:
Pepita had taken it as her particular cause to promote the agaves in all their forms. Her boosterism began innocently enough, with an evening spent browsing for her supper along the margins of the Botanical Garden, in search of tender leaves of mesquite, with the hope of perhaps a desert pea or two for her dessert. And, well, there it was. Illuminated in the moonlight just beyond the edge of what was arguably one of the tastiest thickets of desert brush she had yet encountered: a hundred species of agaves glowing blue and green in the moonlight, neatly labeled and provided with explanatory signs, and all wound through with comfortable paths -- just the thing for a gentle lope after her evening meal. She could not resist. Thereafter, she returned night upon night, learning the names and habits of these grand plants, large and small. The deserti and the toumeyana and the schottii. The pelona and the murpheyi and the polianthiflora. Oh, such a bounty of rugged beauties! Until one day she found herself, despite her preference for twilight activity, out and about when the sun was high and the desert bright and squinty, for there was a conference afoot in which there were, no doubt, to be heated discussions related to the proper naming of agaves according to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, and Pepita was there to learn all that she could learn, and take her knowledge back to her ever-growing brood.*
*Ever So Important Note: Lest you think that the rabbits and the ground squirrels, the basking lizards and the hopping birds, the buzzing bees and the flittering moths are simply going about their business as usual ‘round the edges of the event-tent, whilst you are sitting in its shade with your fellow botanists, conference badge pinned to your light cotton shirt, listening intently to the latest findings about the pollination of the agave americana, think again. And tonight, if the moon is out, go find the place where the jackrabbits gather in their multitudes, and sit real quiet along the edge, and listen in on the bunny discourse... You never know what you might learn...