Lewis's Woodpecker, 8x10 on Maple Wood
The Lewis's woodpecker (named for Meriwether Lewis) has got to be one of the striking woodpeckers in North America, and the Methow is lucky to have it. At a distance, they often simply look like small crows, both due to their dark backs and because of their flight pattern. But up close, you'll see the colorful mix of iridescent green-black backs, hot-pink bellies, and red checks. They love forests of snags (broken and rotting trees) and are often found in burned-over areas (aspens, cottonwoods or Ponderosa pine), where they excavate a hole for a cavity nest. They catch insects on the wing in mid-air, very often leaving and returning to the same tree branch in-between quick flights (a term called "fly-catching"). This is a digitally modified photograph so that the image looks like a painting. I often work in this medium, which takes a lot of time and experimentation, and I love it for certain images. It creates an artsy and unique look. This is printed on maple wood, making the print even more artistic with striations of the wood grain showing through the image. Ready to hang and shipping included in price.