I bought my first skull on thursday! Will reveal the species soon hopefully, probably on my nature blog as it fits with some other stuff I’ve been writing about, but may post pics here too.
I bought it at the New Forest Show last week. And this is unrelated to the skull I bought, but Sparsholt College (local vocational college specialising in all things farming, zoological and vetinary) had a stand there and there was a MASSIVE skull on the stand. It had huge hole at the front where the nose would go, so I thought maybe an elephant skull, an Indian elephant, but the guy said it wasn’t but it was close. Then I guessed tapir and that was correct! He said South America, so I guess a Brazilian tapir. He let me hold it for a moment to show how heavy it was and HOLY CRAP WAS IT HEAVY. I had never realised Brazilian tapirs were so big! The skull was amazing but also kind of gunky, I think it needed a bit more decomposition. Washed my hands after touching it. :O The skull I bought was fully bleached, else they (the stand I bought it from) probably wouldn’t have been able to sell it to me!
I’m working really hard making a costume at the moment (MCM’s coming up :D) but when I’ve finished it I want to look at this blog and my website and think about making some changes. I want to refresh my website with some recent work, especially some of my ‘drawing people’ sketches and maybe some from the natural history sketchbook?
But this blog, I want to start combining with some of my feather and bone finds. I used to keep this art only (and specifically my art only, because I worry with the way tumblr works, people casually looking at this blog who don’t know tumblr might think work I reblog is by me) but I’m relaxing that a little, and want to do so even more. After all, natural history is my biggest area of inspiration. :) Will think it over more when my costume’s done.
Loving chatting to people tonight :) If anyone has anything they want to ask, shoot! Or suggestions or comparisons or anything ♥
Hi! I love your blog, it’s really inspiring. I don’t currently rot down dead animals and probably won’t for quite a long time, but I do collect bones if they are already clean/nearly clean, and I collect feathers all the time, feathers are my biggest love. I always enjoy seeing the things you post and would love to talk to you sometime!