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.
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.

thegreenwolf:

prettydeadstuff:

little-niggah-sugar:

prettydeadstuff:

Found this beautiful crow laying in the middle of the road. I love the little white patch under his chin ;~;

We’re gonna have to stop at Tescos for some ice. Hopefully the hostels we’re staying at have a freezer… Not that I’m gonna tell them what’s in the bag…

WHY ARE YOU KEEPING DEAD ROAD CROWS IN YOUR FREEZER CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND THIS PERSON A PSYCHIATRIST

I have a magpie in there too. And several chickens (in nugget form)

I get so irritated when people scream about “YOU LIKE DEAD ANIMALS? YOU MUST BE MENTALLY ILL!!!!” First off, it shuts down any chance of having a reasonable conversation about our interests, why we like collecting/making art with/etc. hides, bones and the like. Most of us are more than happy to answer questions about our collections, art, and other activities, but it’s harder to not go on the defensive when someone has some reactionary negative response. 

Second, it’s WRONG. There is no DSM-V criteria that says collecting hides and bones is indicative of a mental illness. It’s a hobby or even a profession, not a symptom. People doing things that are a little more out of the ordinary does not automatically mean there’s something wrong in their heads—trust me, I’ve seen this accusation tossed at members of minority religions, at goths and other subcultural folks, and other perfectly mentally healthy people. A person’s interests don’t indicate how mentally healthy they are; however, their relationship to those interests can be more indicative in some cases, and you really do have to take it on a case-by-case basis, treating each client as an individual.

The only thing that the vulture culture could be even remotely confused with are people who deliberately torture animals, and they are in no way the same thing, no more than people who eat meat are cannibals. We collectors don’t want animals to suffer; we don’t get off on cutting the wings off live birds or burning kittens with cigarettes, and the community has had plenty of discussions about the humaneness of the lives and deaths of the animals whose remains we work with. In fact, many of us would describe ourselves as nature lovers; we just appreciate nature in all of its forms, and we recognize that our hides and bones are the deeply regarded remains of once-living beings. (Some of us do that with things like cotton sheets and wooden furniture, too, remembering those were once alive as well.)

I say all this not only as a hide and bone artist myself, but also as someone trained to be a mental health counselor. (Got the Master’s degree and the scary student loans and everything.)

It blows my mind when people think that because we are in this hobby we are sick animal torturers or serial killers. I love bugs so much but I can’t even kill a bug to put in my collection! And that’s generally something people are fine with. I resort to keeping them as pets and treating them like kings for the rest of their lifespan. And yet people think I torture animals for kicks??

It was my birthday yesterday! :D I’m now 19. Holy poop. I went on a walk today and found this baby ring neck dove under it’s nest already dead. A domestic species, so I got to keep it. Yay! It is now in a jar with a half of an egg also from it’s species.

Holy poop guys, are these owl feathers?? There were a lot of feathers just like this all over my backyard. No other bird feathers to suggest it got super ruffled during hunting. Maybe a cat attacked it? I don’t know. I’ve always been such a huge fan of owls, but I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting one in my city before. Such a shame I can’t keep these feathers, but I do hope to meet it one of these nights! Anyone have a more specific i.d.?
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Holy poop guys, are these owl feathers?? There were a lot of feathers just like this all over my backyard. No other bird feathers to suggest it got super ruffled during hunting. Maybe a cat attacked it? I don’t know. I’ve always been such a huge fan of owls, but I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting one in my city before. Such a shame I can’t keep these feathers, but I do hope to meet it one of these nights! Anyone have a more specific i.d.?