High Level Crossing

High Level Crossing

High Level Crossing – Mountain Goats

Limited Edition of 100,  22″ x 30″ – $170.00

Open Edition  13″ x 10″ – $40.00

 

The body of a mountain goat is well adapted for climbing and balancing with its flexible hooves, muscular torso, and short legs. In the summer, goats climb well above the normal range for most predators. Accidental falls and landslides are a greater danger than cougars, wolves, and eagles. In the fall, goats descend to the timberline where they breed and spend the winter. Food is more plentiful, and trees provide protection from the harsh driving alpine winds and snows.

Kids are born in early spring, and with the instinctive maternal bond between nanny and offspring, the billy goats prudently leave or are chased away. Males and females remain apart until fall, but in summer to escape predators, they retreat high into the mountain ranges to spend time browsing in cool alpine meadows or searching steep craggy cliff faces for shade and safety.

In the composition, “High Level Crossing,” a nanny and kid look on as another youngster attempts to cross over the rocky crevasse. He attempts to jump forward to join the others, but nature always presents challenges to be overcome for the survival of all species. The spectacular mountain backdrop illustrates goat habitat and adds to the suspense. The high shrouded peaks, with mist and cloud forming interlocking patches of light and dark, create the dramatic setting.

High Level Crossing