Wednesday, November 9, 2016


As I was checking my folder of pictures to see which one was the post for today it is the Rhinoceros. It seemed a good fit for today. I must admit I am having a bit of trouble focusing on art postings. I keep doing a comparison of the Rhino to the state of our country.

"A rhinoceros (/raɪˈnɒsərəs/, meaning "nose horn"), often abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species." Quote from Wikipedia

The word extant got my attention. Extant definition from Merriam-Webster: adjective - still existing,  not destroyed or lost,  in existence.

The thick skinned Rhino is an endangered species. They are hunted for their horns which can bring prices on the black market as if it were gold. Rhinoceros diverged, another good word meaning: to split and move out in different directions from a single point: to be or become different. They diverged "from the perissodactyls by the early Eocene" some 33 plus million years ago. They were a much smaller animal without horns. They have evolved over time to become what they are today. A large, powerful animal, being hunted to extinction. The sub-species still roam the wild in fair numbers. The adult Rhino has no predators other than humans. As they diverge, will each species find new ways to become different, to survive?

Day 9 of ART Off The Wall "Rhino-motion" silicon intaglio hand pulled print. printed on 11X14" paper. $30.00 or make me an offer.

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