Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Last sunday I had the pleasure of sharing some new specimens from my collection with lovelies Tandra and Hannah W after eating some tacos in the backyard...whenever I get to share my stuffs i feel somewhere between an old man getting really ramped about his stamp collection and a young boy holding up two worms he just dug out of the dirt. A pretty good place to feel.
A few days ago I went out to my favorite place, Briones, (photographed above on my first visit 2 years ago), to revisit the spot where I made a big drawing last winter/spring and start a new water color. On my hike out there I walked through the deep cracks in the hills and saw the tip of an antler peaking out of the ground. Upon a bit of investigation I could see there was some treasure to be found so I set up shop and spent about an hour carefully digging out bones, plucking mushrooms, and gathering goodies to bring back home to draw and play with.
here's the lot:
these are ladybug pupa (the shells ladybug larvae form while they are going through ladybug puberty, having their bar mitzvahs and becoming ladybug adults). I actually found these on some rocks at the elementary school where I work, while hanging out with my 2nd grader friend Jared.
tubular mushrooms deep in the crack.
a beetle, a nut, and a little twig that had been home to some crew of little thing.
hardcore leaf skeleton.
my fourth antler.
cow vertebrae (notice the tubular mushroom on the bottom piece).
big bone. I started laughing when I dug this one up...who put this here? am i on candid camera?
jaw piece with tooth still intact. any guesses on the animal?
and finally, a coyote skull. I actually found this in Briones a month ago, the last night I hung out in the hill cracks. i love it.