Amanda, 18, female in south Florida. This is my secondary tumblr, here I will be posting about my collection of nature items such as bones, wet specimens, feathers, and occasionally animal pelts, etc. Check out my FAQ for a list of how I tag things! Send me an ask if you want me to tag something specific!

All bones were found out in nature, unless otherwise stated. I did not kill them for their bones. If you have any questions in general about bones or such, I will try and answer to the best of my abilities, or point you towards someone who knows better than me :)
(Also I make text posts on a semi regular basis. They are relevant to the subject of this tumblr though.)
I HAVE FUR PELTS, IF that bothers you it's best to leave now.

I’m off to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to camp for the next week. I’ve gone most years of my life with my father, who used to go with his father, who used to go with his father. It kind of makes me sad because I love this place so much and this is probably going to be the last time I get to go in a long time. I live two days away, and I’m just entering the “work hard until you  die” phase of life. So this might be it. Is it me, or is the screen going blurry? Anyway, I’ll be internet-less for the week. Hopefully when I come back I will have some new dead things to share from the local nature shops.

I forgot the giant dead fish in my dad’s freezer. That I also forgot to tell him was in there. And also a bucket of smaller dead fish was left outside all weekend in the hot sun since we both assumed the other would bury them. So many flies. whoops!

God damn it! Today my fathers pond was basically destroyed. No idea what caused it, but we used to have hundreds of fish (Mollys, rosy barbs, a hybrid of the two, goldfish, and tinfoil barbs (big fish pictured)) Now, we have maybe two dozen left. No idea what caused it, but we’ve been having lots of rain and heat recently. I kept the tinfoil barb (if you remember, I kept the first one that died maybe a year ago) in the freezer for now. Damn :(

Swindle the preserved pig fetus I got at this years Florida Supercon from Flipside Creations (last year I got a rat pelvis necklace from them). This year they had a lot more preserved creatures than last year, and for the most part they had a lot of curious people. As I was cooing over my new piggy in from of their booth a grown man walked up and started badgering them and being obnoxious like “Awwww man that is sick! That is real? how gross!” Not even talking to a friend or anything privately, directly to the nice woman working the booth. Kind of disappointing, but not at all shocking. Other than that, I had a great time! No pelt or tail this year, they were all crappy dyed or vague in origin.
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Swindle the preserved pig fetus I got at this years Florida Supercon from Flipside Creations (last year I got a rat pelvis necklace from them). This year they had a lot more preserved creatures than last year, and for the most part they had a lot of curious people. As I was cooing over my new piggy in from of their booth a grown man walked up and started badgering them and being obnoxious like “Awwww man that is sick! That is real? how gross!” Not even talking to a friend or anything privately, directly to the nice woman working the booth. Kind of disappointing, but not at all shocking. Other than that, I had a great time! No pelt or tail this year, they were all crappy dyed or vague in origin.

I freaking love goodwill, most of my collection is from there. I found this sweet metal number last week at a local branch. The only thing that bugs me about it is that the antlers are put on the shield with the shield upside down. Not technically a dead thing but it’s close enough that I had to have it. Perfect for more subtle dead decor in common spaces or as a necklace hanger.
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I freaking love goodwill, most of my collection is from there. I found this sweet metal number last week at a local branch. The only thing that bugs me about it is that the antlers are put on the shield with the shield upside down. Not technically a dead thing but it’s close enough that I had to have it. Perfect for more subtle dead decor in common spaces or as a necklace hanger.

"What chu thinkin’ bout?"

Long sold item from shopgoodwill, their pictures not mine. I’m changing computers so I have to go through all my old pictures. This never fails to make me laugh!

I can’t stop laughing since I thought of this doe blowing raspberries at the buck.

Link to the craigslist post

Not exactly dead, but nature provided so I’m going for it. It’s very hard to photograph when I only have my cell phone camera these days. This pile of golden fibers come from the egg sacks of the Spiny Back Orb Weaver. My backyard is full of these beautiful spiders and recently whenever they’ve made babies I’ve taken the top layer off of their egg casing. It does not cause any issues with spider development.  No idea what I’m going to do with all of these brilliant gold fibers but I’m going to find something!
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Not exactly dead, but nature provided so I’m going for it. It’s very hard to photograph when I only have my cell phone camera these days. This pile of golden fibers come from the egg sacks of the Spiny Back Orb Weaver. My backyard is full of these beautiful spiders and recently whenever they’ve made babies I’ve taken the top layer off of their egg casing. It does not cause any issues with spider development.  No idea what I’m going to do with all of these brilliant gold fibers but I’m going to find something!

Cosplay ideas?

I’m going to be going to Florida Supercon this year, and I’m kind of cutting it close for cosplay creation. I’m kind of stuck on what to be, and I think it would be cool to involve some of my collection. Off the top of my head, I can think of Maleficent, a lot of characters from GoT, and assorted vague 20s characters. Does anyone have any ideas on who/what to be that involve any of the dead creatures I have in my care?

I got a bunch of different editions of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom from 1970 in Goodwill. Besides one of the insect editions that had pages fall out (which I’m going to frame), they are in brilliant shape with so many beautiful full color pictures. The first page pictured has some flies eating, just sharing because it’s pretty intense pictures. The next two I think are taxidermy mounts? They don’t mention them being mounts but I doubt they would mention that anyway. A few other pictures seem to be mounts too, but these look the most wrong to me. These books are so amazing, although I wonder how much of the books content has later been proven wrong. I wish I had the whole set! I only found six out of twenty.