Sonia Ruiz – Country – Flora/Fauna
The flora and fauna of Mexico … where do I begin. Mexico is estimated to have more than 10-12% of the entire world’s species. Up to date around 108,000 species of animals and plants have been described in Mexico, and the list keeps growing. Mexico ranks first in biodiversity in reptiles with 707 known species, second in mammals with 438 species. Mexico is also considered the second country in the world in ecosystems and fourth in overall species.
Since I cannot possibly include all the species in my quilt, I have decided to pick just a handful. From top to bottom here are a few of the flora and fauna species I have chosen.
Coral snake – are one of the most deadly species in the world
Vaquita porpoise – is one of the smallest cetaceans in the world and the most endangered
Axolotl – “the Mexican walking fish” and close relatives of the tiger salamander are in danger of extinction
Blue/grey/humpback whales – Baja California is one of the most important regions for whale watching in the whole world.
Loggerhead turtle – Mexico is home to six out of seven turtle species that nest along its thousands of miles of coastline every year.
Monarch butterflies – Every year hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate to the oyamel fir forests of Michoacán.
Toucan – these exotic and colorful birds are found mainly in the tropical rainforests of Yucatán.
Black spiny tailed Iguana – it is a moderately large lizard which are endangered and protected
Saguaro cacti – are large, tree like columnar cacti that only grow in the Sonoran desert
Barrel cacti – is found in northern Sonora
Prickly cactus – the prickly pear cactus grows wild all over Mexico. It is a powerful symbol in Mexico and is on their national flag
Pine tree – the conifer forests are unique to Mexico because they are the only multi-species Mediterranean climate forests in the country
Palm tree – some of the worlds most beautiful palm trees can be found growing wild on Mexico’s gorgeous Yucatán peninsula.
I used hand dyed fabric, accidentally burned some areas (opps, which I liked), commercial batiks, drew the flora and fauna appliqués with sharpies, acrylic paint, machine quilted and finished it off with a sacred heart applique.