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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Retreat - Part III


(more autumny music for your listening pleasure...)
There is always a plethora of wildlife up at the cabin-
From the wild - (can you pick out the pileated woodpecker perched on the trunk of the tree here? There was a mated pair flying about all weekend) - the owls we could hear, the small brown bats at dusk, the tiny red-bellied Douglas squirrels, the deer and elk prints on the trails... (we won't discuss the mouse that spent the first night in my room both under and ON my bed!...)

Oh - and the Fattest-Groundsquirrel-Evar - that lives under the front porch and is apparently seriously bulking up for his winter hibernation...

There was our yearly Great Dane 'mascot' -

(look at the size of those paws) - who we adore, and sadly are afraid this is his last year with us...

One of the 'locals' stopped by with a truck-load of elk antlers that he 'harvests' from the forest floors every spring as they shed them. Aren't these gorgeous?....

(Our hostess acquired a number of pairs - soon to be included in some very interesting works of art...)

And there were the elk bones! I came home with a very lovely vertebrae which is now living in my studio and will be the subject of sketching sometime soon I'm sure...

6 comments:

Vickie said...

I'm still shaking to think about a mouse on the bed! Yes, that squirrel seems majorly reading for winter :) It just sounds as if it were so peaceful.

cmv... said...

wow... you totally put this post up to taunt me didn't you? ;] most awesome antlers and vertebrae (of which I possess neither). *sigh*

Hayden said...

Hooting with laughter at that ground squirrel! Or - even more at his little house. Wayyyyy funny.

Love all of these textures and colors.

Vickie said...

I hope you don't mind but I'd like to share the u-tube. Eva Cassidy is such a favorite of mine. Her voice is wonderful!

Karen said...

Tara your retreats always look wonderful!I am very envious, especially of those Antlers. :)

Anonymous said...

Make us some antler headbands! I really want to be a deer for Halloween, lol.