…that’s what boys usually do when they find something dead. Now that the snow has melted I’m getting a lot of stick time in. Today I got to poke at least 4 remains.
The first deerly departed
||This deer passed a long time ago but it’s still hard to resist poking at it. There’s not much left but the upper jaw and part of an eye socket. After poking it a few times I left it where I found it. There wasn’t enough to bother bringing home.
I turned this skull over with my walking stick. I found this skull last summer when the backbone was still attached. I didn’t want to carry the ‘ripe’ remains home then but I carried it home today to add to my collection. Later this year I plan on photographing Iris growing from the eye socket.
I was sad to find my porcupine buddies in the dead cockroach position. I’m not sure if these are the same pair of porkys from the other day. At least one is but I caught sight of a third entering the hole in the maple tree they were living in. I have no idea what caused their death. Poking them with a stick proved to be a poor autopsy.
I turned one over with my stick. Not the best pose but you can see the quills on the head and tail. I should pick them. There are native women on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation nearby that use them to make quill baskets. I’ve always wanted an excuse to photograph their baskets.
A poor photo of a dead head. Too much sun bleached out the color of the teeth, for a better look at the teeth go to this post: Porcupine Tree. You’ll also get another pic of the paw.
This year’s paw photo
It will be a while before I add the skulls of these unfortunate porcupines to my collection. No need to wait for photographs. I found one last year and you can see a lot more about their teeth on this post: Porcupine Ivory
This year’s deer skull makes a perfect mate for the buck I found a couple years ago. I really need to do something with that sandstone slab. It’s been sitting on the stump for 3 years now. I keep thinking ‘table top’ but haven’t managed to get any farther than that.
a closer look at the bony pair. The antler sticking out of the snow on a post not long ago belonged to that skull. (see ‘basket case’ while the link still shows on the sidebar)
Who knows what lurks for tomorrow. Stay tuned for another exciting post, sometime, same place. I just might bore your socks off.