Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finished Pig Skull

As you can see, the bones became lighter in colour after they dried.

I used an elastic band to hold the two halves of the mandible together. A LOT of connective tissue was lost through boiling, Many of the bones that seemed fused before boiling, came apart after.

Now it's glued back together as best as I could. The parts became VERY brittle and cracked easily as I was reassembling them. I think it's because the pig had been roasted THEN boiled. Next time, I'll use a pig's head that HASN'T been roasted first!

Back view

The finished skull.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boiling a Pig's Head and Some of My Skull Collection

I was given a pig's head from a pig roast that I had attended with my boyfriend.

I removed the skin and as much soft tissue items I could with a knife and by hand.

Then I put the skull in a pot and boiled it for around 3 hours.

I didn't photograph the icky job of removing the sinuses, brain and other lovely things......but the bones fell apart while I was doing this. So, I'm going to wait until they're dry, then glue the parts back together.

Here are some other skulls I have acquired in the past. on top is a brown bear, which I purchased, but had to soak in liquid dish soap because it was greasy. Beneath that is the cow moose I was given many years ago, then below is a female deer and a Jackal! The jackal I bought from a shop that deals in such things. The tiny skull is my Striped Skunk "Bone Clones" replica skull. I ordered it from the Skulls Unlimited website.

Here's my male deer, complete with antlers.

Some people think I'm strange because I collect animal skulls, but I think they look beautiful, and I am an artist, so I learn more about form by studying their structure.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Camera with Macro Lens

 The above were all taken yesterday with my new camera.
This image was taken a couple weeks ago with my old camera. I always hear people say, "it's not the camera, it's the photographer"....but trust's the camera! It's very difficult to get exceptional images with a cheap camera. My new camera is of the Canon Rebel series, but the old one was just a Canon Powershot.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Needle Felted Grizzly Bear

My cat has to give the bear a sniff of approval.

Using photo reference is imperative.

He's getting a face

He's about as tall as a computer speaker.

Now he has plastic "teddy-bear" eyes.

He has a nice profile.

And now he's all a bear should be!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ice Storm

 Last night we were hit by a nasty ice storm.
 This morning the bird feeder looked like a cage with all those icicles hanging down.

 A neighbour was out cutting up some of the large branches that had fallen during the night.
 The poor Crabapple tree on the boulevard is really sagging.
 My Rose of Sharon is almost flattened by the weight of the ice!
 We heard the branches of this tree next door snap at 2:00 AM this morning!
 As of noon today, some of the Crabapple branches have snapped!
 But there is also beauty amongst the destruction.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Haliburton Forest Wolves

 They have a wolf centre at the Haliburton Forest which I really wanted to visit, so my Mom took me there. I wasn't aware of the horrible incident that had happened during the winter, that some fools had cut through the fence of the wolf enclosure and allowed four of the wolves to escape. Three males, and one female. The female was the Alpha female, and of course one of the males was the Alpha male. Sadly, two of the escaped wolves were killed by gunshot wounds, by hunters or owners of livestock....mistaking the animals for wild wolves, and the others haven't returned. This left four females only at the wolf centre.  These first few photos are of them.

 The above photo is Molly. She was born with a condition that left her blind in one eye. This beautiful creature would not have been able to survive in the wild.....which is why it's so wonderful that she lives at the wolf centre. The four females are all sisters.
 After I had visited, I learned that the centre had found a male from another wolf centre out west. My Mom was there visiting, and took the following photos:

 This is a photo of the new male, named Fang, investigating his new companions. Notice how two of the females are protecting their weaker sister, Molly.
 Here is Fang amongst the females. He's quite larger.

 The above photo is of Fang with Luna....the most dominant of the females who has now become the new Alpha. It's hoped that the two will continue to bond and produce offspring.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Haliburton Forest

 I went to the Haliburton Forest where my Mom has a camp site, and apart from being bitten many times by mosquitoes, I had a very good experience. First of all, I saw these fascinating mushrooms everywhere.  I believe the above species is a Fly Agaric.....which is most commonly known as being red with white spots, but I discovered there are orange/yellow varieties.
 Below look to me like "Jack o'lantern". All are very poisonous.

 I got to hear Loons calling out in their hauntingly beautiful voices. This was as close as I could photograph this one from the shore with my zoom lens at maximum capacity. They're very shy birds, and if you get too close to them, they dive like a little penguin and pop up in a completely new location.....with only their head peeking above the water.

 We went out in my Mom's canoe, and visited the rocks where there is graffiti from 1877!

 In the morning, I startled a little Red Squirrel who gave me quite a scolding! I quickly photographed him before he ran up the tree!
 Below is the lake in the still of the morning....approx. 8:00 A.M. This is MacDonald Lake. A wonderfully clean lake which made me feel as though I'd had a spa treatment after swimming in those waters!

 Later, we went for a walk and I spotted these butterflies. I believe they are Bog Fritillaries.

 We then visited the moose that had been rescued when he was orphaned from his mother who had been killed by a truck on a highway. He's much bigger now than he was when they rescued him.
 Part of the Haliburton Forest is dedicated to being a sanctuary for animals in danger.
Back at my mother's campsite is a stump that would make a perfect little fairy house.
 My Mom pointed out these fascinating mushrooms called "Earth's Tongue"

Wintergreen with flowers

Wintergreen with berries


A curious fungus emitting a rusty coloured powder growing from a stump

Interesting black cup mushrooms growing nearby the above fungus

I was fascinated by the tiny world amongst the lichen and Sphagnum Moss

It looks like an alien landscape