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Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Teeth 2"

I found a complete bird skeleton this week which I decapitated, sanitized, and added to my natural history display in my office.  I was pleased that the skull still had its lower jaw and noticed the way the lower jaw fits into the upper is the same knob and socket arrangement as mammals.  Its pelvis was very different than a mammal, but I didn't keep that part.  Cleaning the tiny, fragile skull bones was a delicate effort and I carefully placed it next to the last skull and stood back to admire my collection.

There's a lot of traffic in my office, but I'm almost certain that nobody notices this shelf on the bookcase.  The other offices at work are filled with pictures of grandchildren, or world travel, or religious images (since I work for Religion).  I got an ad with a nice reproduction of a Saint Luke painting and framed it.  People noticed that, but didn't see the new skull. 

 Paula Kuitenbrouwer sent me a postcard with Mandarin Ducks and Sharon Wagner sent me a pink flower.  These are on the bulletin board and people pause and admire their art without looking slightly left to bird skulls, feathers, eggs, and nests.  Maybe they are just polite and not pointing out the macabre? Flowers and living birds are clearly prettier than bones.

All of my natural history items came from the garden at work.  I make a point of going to the garden for a few minutes (in every kind of weather) at least twice a day to clear my mind of numbers and people.  It keeps me sane and centered.

As much as things change, some things stay the same.  When I was a child romping alone in the woods, I spent a lot of time examining animal anatomy because the world is littered with bones if you stop to look.  You'd think this would make me a good biology student, but I was completely icked out by formaldehyde and intestines -- which wasn't helped by flirtatious boys leaving dead things on my seat or down the back of my shirt.  Boys can really learn a lot about better flirtations, and I didn't even understand this was flirtation.  I was mad at stupid/mean boys.  One of them explained his flirting to me many years after the fact.  It's a wonder our species survives.

Okay, songbirds don't have teeth, but illustrationfriday.com didn't give me a new word for the week so we're even.  I posted this bird skull art a couple years ago too, so I'll admit to taking shortcuts this week.  Sis1 is visiting from out of state, and I've been trying to make the most of her visit.

The new guy started at work and as I expected, he seems perfectly fine and friendly despite my pre-arrival anxiety.  Change may be good in the end, but the unknown of it stirs things up.  I went to the river after work one day and felt more peaceful because as much as things change, some things are the same.  I'm calmed by the river and the things that live in it.  Minnows tickled my toes, I picked up stones, and I studied a bird skeleton.  I could've been 5 again, especially with sisters around who remember me then.


  1. Thanks for the link! I'm glad my flower is a happy memento. I've always loved skulls too. I even placed a cat skull in the locker of my childhood nemesis. That was a high school highlight. I guess that's how my brain works!

  2. Thanks for the flower in the first place! I guess I'm too selfish to give away my skull finds to enemies :)

  3. How wonderful to have a garden at work Linda...I would love to see that shelf...I find natural history fascinating but then that's my medical background. That toe tickling in the river sound perfect...good for you...keep it up! xx

  4. Thanks Jane! I'm making the intention to get more toe tickling this summer :)

  5. I think if I ever walked into your office, I would notice the skulls and ask you about them! And, I thought this fine illustration looked familiar :).

    Change can be good in the end, hopefully it's not too painful for you to get to the good parts. Have fun with Sis!

  6. Thanks! Sis is on her way again. It was nice to see her. As for my natural history display, there's a lot of stuff in my office to be fair, so maybe my skulls and nests are easily overlooked.

  7. I think anatomy is beautiful, too, particularly the intricacy of skulls. Love you reproduction of a bird's skull. As for our species ability to survive; it is a wonder isn't it—having been there myself (I admit embarrassingly)...

  8. Thanks! I'll admit I've been there too :)

  9. Count me in as one who would have definitely noticed the bird skulls, feathers, eggs, and nests! And I would have let you know.

    And, and nice connection to your childhood.
    You always have a way about you that is slightly outside of the box!

    Continue to enjoy the river habitat.

  10. Well drawn skull, Linda.
    And thank you for listing my Mandarin ducks. I have never found bird skeletons, apart from owl pellets full mouse bones.
    Rivers brings and carry away memories. We just returned from a holiday sailing on a river and how wonderful that was!
    I hope your summer is enjoyable.