Home for Greenback Cutthroat Trout Print
Do crayfish, trees, and other river life miss the trout when they’re gone? Ecologists, wildlife biologists, and naturalists are discovering that plants and animals know and feel way more than we ever imagined.
My painting, Home for Greenback Cutthroat Trout, highlights two worlds at once. New spring leaves dangle over the pristine water as sunlight sparkles on the surface of the creek. Then we see beneath, two trout peaceful in their native home. Rays of golden light shimmer on the edge of shadows created by their sleek bodies. The rare fish leave signs of their presence as they glide through the current, at one with all that surrounds them.
The greenback cutthroat trout is the Colorado State Fish and is listed as threatened, primarily due to habitat loss and aquatic pollution. Land managers and conservationists are testing ways to increase greenback populations throughout their natural range.
When we’re away from our favorite stream or river, do the trout miss us when we’re gone?
Image dimensions are approximately 20.5" x 14". (Hover over image to magnify.)