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Raccoon Journal 12 - A Late Farewell

Journal Entry: Mon May 25, 2015, 1:08 AM


So, this is the long overdue final journal of my 2014 volunteer season.  Due to many factors, including the death of my old computer, I've taken quite a while getting around to this.  In fact, I have to get to work immediately after this posting the first journal of this year!

First, a few pictures from around the center.

Duck Pond by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin
Duck Pond and Barn 1 by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin
Duck Pond and Barn 2 by Windthin The Big Barn by Windthin Duck Pond and Barn 3 by Windthin
At the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin
Hamlet's Home by Windthin

The coyote pups are as curious as ever.  Up to three from two, they'll be released in no time.

Video: Coyote Pups

Pacing Coyote Pups 1 by Windthin
Pacing Coyote Pups 2 by Windthin

The fawns show another form of curiosity, one that will no doubt leave as they become adults.

Curious Fawns 1 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 3 by Windthin Curious Fawns 1a by Windthin Curious Fawns 2 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 4 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 5 by Windthin Curious Fawns 6 by Windthin Curious Fawns 8 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 7 by Windthin
Curious Fawns 7a by Windthin Curious Fawns 8a by Windthin

The wildlife center also has many wild tenants, such as this squirrel that lives nearby,
seen here in the big tree out front.

Squirrel Fortress 1 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 3 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 5 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 2 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 6 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 4 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 6a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 5a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 10 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 9 by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 12a by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 6b by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 12b by Windthin Squirrel Fortress 8 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 7 by Windthin
Squirrel Fortress 12 by Windthin

Animated:
Squirrelamation 2a by Windthin Squirrelamation 1 by Windthin Squirrelamation 2b by Windthin
Squirrelamation 2 by Windthin

A thirteen-lined ground squirrel was a more recent temporary resident.

Video: Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel
Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel 1 by Windthin Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel 2 by Windthin

Momma Possum is a permanent resident now, with her babies released.
She is blind and deaf, and therefore remarkably docile.

Momma Possum 1a by Windthin
Momma Possum 2 by Windthin Momma Possum 1 by Windthin
Momma Possum 3 by Windthin
Momma Possum 4 by Windthin Momma Possum 5 by Windthin

Another resident is Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk.

Video: Young Eragon
Video: Young Eragon 2

Young Eragon 1 by Windthin Young Eragon 2 by Windthin Young Eragon 3a by Windthin
Young Eragon 3 by Windthin
Young Eragon 4a by Windthin Young Eragon 5 by Windthin Young Eragon 5a by Windthin
Young Eragon 4 by Windthin

Here is another red-tailed hawk that will be released eventually.
Young Red-Tailed Hawk by Windthin

There are always animals in need of aid, such as this kestrel that is being fed.

Hand-feeding a Kestrel by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture is one of their oldest residents.

Video: Visiting Vinnie

A Last Visit with Vinnie 1 by Windthin
A Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin A Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin A Last Visit with Vinnie 2 by Windthin
A Last Visit with Vinnie 2a by Windthin

And of course, no raccoon journal is complete without the raccoons!

Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 2 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 3a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 5 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 4 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 7 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8b by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 8 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 11 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 11a by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 12 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 10 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 13 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 14 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 15 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 15a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 16 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 17 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 18 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 16a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 19 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 20 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 22 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 21b by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 23 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 22a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 24 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 25 by Windthin Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 26 by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 26a by Windthin
Last Look at Last Year's Raccoons 27 by Windthin

And, finally, some other tidbits from around the center.

Seed Cluster by Windthin
Green Berries by Windthin
Changing Flowers 1 by Windthin
Streams of White Flowers 1 by Windthin Streams of White Flowers 2 by Windthin Streams of White Flowers 3 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 1 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 1a by Windthin Wild Grapes 2 by Windthin Wild Grapes 3 by Windthin
Wild Grapes 2a by Windthin
Climbing Vines on Tower by Windthin Wild Grapes 3a by Windthin Small Moth 1 by Windthin
Changing Flowers 2 by Windthin
Small Moth 2 by Windthin Hoveflies by Windthin Hoverfly 1 by Windthin
Hoverfly 1a by Windthin
Hoverfly 1b by Windthin Hoverfly 2 by Windthin Hoverfly 2a by Windthin
Hoverfly 2b by Windthin
Hoverfly 3 by Windthin Hoverfly 3a by Windthin Hoverfly 4 by Windthin
Hoverfly 3b by Windthin
Hoverfly 5 by Windthin Hoverfly 6 by Windthin Hoverfly 7 by Windthin
Hoverfly 6a by Windthin
Hoverfly 8 by Windthin Hoverfly 9 by Windthin Hoverfly 10 by Windthin
Hoverfly 4a by Windthin
Hoverfly 11 by Windthin
Hoverfly 7a by Windthin
Hoverfly 9a by Windthin
Hoverfly 10a by Windthin
Hoverfly 11a by Windthin
Hoverfly 12 by Windthin

Here are past weeks' journals:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink!
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds
Raccoon Journal 9.5 - Open House
Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends
Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's
Raccoon Journal 11 - Party Time

Here is a link to the last journal from last year, with links in it to all others that year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie

Raccoon Journal 11 - Party Time

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 16, 2015, 10:39 AM


Pictures from this week were taken during the big end of the season party for the staff at our county wildlife rescue center.  It includes some pictures from around the center taken before the part.

Here we all are at the party.  I made an owl cake:
Owl Layer Cake by Windthin

And we roasted marshmallows on the bonfire:
Roasting Marshmallows (to Music)

Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 1 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 4 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 2 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 3 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 5 by Windthin
Random Raccoon Check by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff 1 by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 2 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 7 by Windthin The Barn at Night by Windthin
Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 9 by Windthin Wildlife Rescue Center Staff Party 8 by Windthin Roasting Marshmallow 1 by Windthin
Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin
Bonfire at the Wildlife Rescue Center 3 by Windthin

The goslings and most of the ducklings have been released by now, but a few still remain.
The Last Ducklings 1 by Windthin
The Last Ducklings 2 by Windthin The Last Ducklings 3 by Windthin The Last Ducklings 4 by Windthin

There are also always birds around, attracted by the feeders.
Blue Jays 1 by Windthin
Blue Jay 1 by Windthin Blue Jays 3 by Windthin Blue Jays 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 2 by Windthin
Blue Jay 3 by Windthin
Blue Jay 4 by Windthin
Blue Jay 5 by Windthin
Blue Jay 6 by Windthin Mourning Dove and Sparrow by Windthin Mourning Dove by Windthin

Even this late in the season, we have babies to attend to, like this young squirrel.

Feeding a Baby Squirrel 2 by Windthin
Feeding a Baby Squirrel 1 by Windthin Ball of Squirrel 2 by Windthin Ball of Squirrel 1 by Windthin
Ball of Squirrel 3 by Windthin

Here's a brief glimpse of the possum babies at sleep.
Possum Toes by Windthin

And there are always the raccoons.
What's Up Down There? by Windthin
What's Up Down There? by Windthin Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin Oh, Hello! by Windthin
Oh, Hello! by Windthin
Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 4 by Windthin Young Raccoons 5 by Windthin Young Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 7 by Windthin Young Raccoons 8 by Windthin Young Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 10 by Windthin Three Legs and Friends 1 by Windthin Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin Young Raccoons 11 by Windthin Three Legs and Friends 3 by Windthin
Three Legs and Me by Windthin
Three Legs and Friends 2 by Windthin
Three Legs and Friends 4 by Windthin
Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 2a by Windthin
Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin Feeding Time for Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 13 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 13a by Windthin Young Raccoons 14 by Windthin

We also had a special visitor, a young, blonde-tailed raccoon that hung about the center all day,

Blonde Raccoon Rascal 1a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 1 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 2 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 3 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5b by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 4 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 5a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 7 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 6 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 8 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 9 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 10 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 11 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 12 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 13 by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 15a by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 14 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 15 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 16 by Windthin
Peek-a-boo by Windthin
Blonde Raccoon Rascal 17 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 18 by Windthin Blonde Raccoon Rascal 19 by Windthin
Hanging Around by Windthin

I of course had to have another visit with Vinnie.

Last Visit with Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 1a by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1b by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1c by Windthin

Last Visit with Vinnie 1c by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 1d by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1e by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 1f by Windthin
Last Visit with Vinnie 2 by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 3 by Windthin Last Visit with Vinnie 3a by Windthin

And a talk with Hamlet.


I watched Stinky get a meal.
Dinner with Stinky by Windthin

And the release of the two great horned owls out in the paddock.



Young Great Horned Owls 4 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 1 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 2 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 3 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 5 by Windthin
The Raptor Paddock by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 6 by Windthin Young Great Horned Owls 7 by Windthin
Young Great Horned Owls 8 by Windthin
Freedom for Owls 1 by Windthin Freedom for Owls 2 by Windthin
Freedom for Owls 3 by Windthin Freedom for Owls 3a by Windthin

And met their newest arrival.
Dinner for the Baby Owl 1a by Windthin
Dinner for the Baby Owl 1 by Windthin

Finally, here are some pictures of the center itself.

The Goose Pond and Barn by Windthin The Goose Meadow by Windthin Down to the Coyote Paddock by Windthin
Walnut Trees 1 by Windthin Walnut Trees 1a by Windthin Walnut Trees 2 by Windthin
Walnut Trees 2a by Windthin Walnut Fruits 1 by Windthin Walnut Fruits 1a by Windthin
Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 1 by Windthin Sunset at the Wildlife Rescue Center 2 by Windthin

Here are past weeks' journals:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink!
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds
Raccoon Journal 9.5 - Open House
Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends
Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's

Here is a link to the last journal from last year, with links in it to all others that year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Journal CSS made by caybeach
Brushes by gvalkyrie

Blue Star Orb Part 1

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 29, 2015, 2:40 AM


I am having a lot of fun with this; it's supposed to be some sort of LED Christmas decoration with three settings and a battery pack.  I got it on sale after Christmas, and everybody I show it to admits it's awesome.  I have plans to turn it into a crystal ball by adding a base and holder.

Here is some video, a number of animations, and set of self-portraits and pictures of our birds featuring it.



Blue Star Orb Animation 1 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 1a by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 2a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 2 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 3 by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 4 by Windthin Blue Star Orb Animation 4a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animation 5 by Windthin Rainbow Star Orb Animation by Windthin
Blue Star Orb Animated Avatar by Windthin Rainbow Star Orb Animated Avatar by Windthin

Blue Star Orb 1 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 1a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 1b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 2 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 2a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 3b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 4 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 4a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 5 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 5a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 6b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 7 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 7a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 8 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 8a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9 by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9a by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9b by Windthin
Blue Star Orb 9c by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 1 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 1a by Windthin
Stargazer by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 3 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 4 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 5 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 6 by Windthin
Blue Jimmy 7 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 1 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 2 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 3 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 4 by Windthin
Vinnie in Blue 5 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 1 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 1a by Windthin
Maui in Blue 2 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 3 by Windthin
Maui in Blue 4 by Windthin

Winter's End

Mon Jan 5, 2015, 6:56 PM
November was bitter cold, December eerily warm, and neither brought much snow.  But now the land is blanketed in white, and as true winter arrives, so our Winter leaves.

Winter was a great big white and gray English budgie, or parakeet.  She was great all around, a real personality, strong and smart and full of personality.  She has been ailing for some time now, and we've been taking very special care of her as a result.  One foot had stopped working, and she had clear neurological problems; she no longer could climb around properly, so we had her in a small cage of her own in among the other birds, where they can still visit her.  We took her out for regular 'with' time, and opened it up so the flock could visit her.  Clark especially was her defender and protector, feeding her, preening her.  He loved her, more than we did even.

We will never forget our Winter.

Winter by Windthin
Winter Night by Windthin
Upside-Dandy and Winter by Windthin
Budgie Trio by Windthin
Bruce and Winter 4 by Windthin
Winter and Sparks 2 by Windthin
Winter 1 by Windthin
THE BIG WHITE BUDGIE! by Windthin
Rachel and Winter 2 by Windthin
Outside Looking In 4 by Windthin
Parakeets in Silhouette by Windthin
Sparks and Winter by Windthin
Dandy and Winter by Windthin
Beautiful Budgie by Windthin
Kaleidoscope Winter 2 by Windthin
Sleepy Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter and Dandy by Windthin
Winter Night with Luna 3 by Windthin
Winter Night with Jimmy 1 by Windthin
Winter Night 10 by Windthin
Winter Night 13 by Windthin
Winter Night 15 by Windthin
Winter Night 16 by Windthin
Luna and the Englishes by Windthin
Orange Cheeks 2 by Windthin
Yellow Head 1 by Windthin
Winter White 1 by Windthin
Winter White 2 by Windthin
Winter and Jimmy 1 by Windthin

Winter in Dusk 2 by Windthin
White and Gray by Windthin
Bruce and Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter and Bruce by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 1 by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 7 by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 9a by Windthin
Rachel and the Three 12 by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 1 by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 3a by Windthin
Clark and Winter Preening Eachother 4b by Windthin
Winter Closeup by Windthin
Winter at Play 1 by Windthin
Winter at Play 2 by Windthin
Luna and Winter 1 by Windthin
Winter by Windthin
The Flock 2 by Windthin
Winter, Clark, and Jimmy by Windthin
Winter, Clark, and Jimmy 3 by Windthin
Winter Sucks Her Toes 2 by Windthin
Winter at Play 1 by Windthin


Snowbound

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 6:39 AM
I've been waiting all winter for us to get enough snow to take these pictures.  It's an idea I had way back in October, but was unable to bring to fruition until recently, due to the quite odd weather we've had; we haven't had any real measurable snowfall until now in January, despite bitter cold winter-like temperatures through much of November.

I am both model and photographer here, though I required aid from my wife getting some of the shots once things were set up.  The sheet I used to wrap most of myself in is actually tied in place using the classical method used for Middle Eastern shemaghs (or keffiyehs) and on display as well are my Storm Goggles.  The most difficult part about this was working while barely able to see, due to the cloth covering my face, and all wrapped up with the sheet and rope.  The cloth is actually folded thrice and held in place with a small cap, the goggles, and the sheet.



  • Listening to: 3 Daft Monkeys
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: The Librarians
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing
  • Eating: Yogurt

Naval Blue

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 6:02 AM


I arranged the pictures using my Canon Powershot G12 and a color-exclusion filter with a tolerance feature and designed the items worn.  This was one of the last times I wore my first set of steampunk boots, before replacing them finally.  This was a fun photo-shoot; the day we took these, we ran into a large group of Asian exchange students, from whom I heard comments such as "so cool" as they were passing by.  Taken mid-July, 2014.

Here are the items worn in these photos:
Steampunk Storm Goggles by Windthin Navy Trooper Hat with Blue Leather and Copper Band by Windthin Steampunk Boot-Cut Blue'n'Brass Corded Jeans by Windthin Sunburst Gear Gloves by Windthin Makeshift Steampunk Armband Tutorial by Windthin Steampunk Pocket Compass 3 by Windthin WIP - Steampunk Brass-Fitted Boots Part 4 by Windthin Silver Bracelet Watch Mark II by Windthin

Here is a trio of animations based on them:
I Love You Animation 1 by Windthin
I Love You Animation 2 by Windthin I Love You Animation 3 by Windthin

And here is the photo set:
Naval Blue 1 by Windthin
Naval Blue 4a by Windthin Naval Blue 2 by Windthin Naval Blue 4 by Windthin
Naval Blue 3 by Windthin
Naval Blue 7 by Windthin Naval Blue 5 by Windthin Naval Blue 6 by Windthin
Naval Blue 8 by Windthin
Naval Blue 9 by Windthin Naval Blue 11 by Windthin Naval Blue 14 by Windthin
Naval Blue 10 by Windthin
Naval Blue 12a by Windthin Naval Blue 13 by Windthin Naval Blue 15 by Windthin
Naval Blue 12 by Windthin
Naval Blue 16 by Windthin Naval Blue 18a by Windthin Naval Blue 18b by Windthin
Naval Blue 15a by Windthin Naval Blue 19a by Windthin
Naval Blue 19 by Windthin Naval Blue 18 by Windthin Naval Blue 20 by Windthin
Naval Blue 21 by Windthin
Naval Blue 19b by Windthin Naval Blue 21a by Windthin Naval Blue 22 by Windthin
 Naval Blue 23 by Windthin
Naval Blue 23a by Windthin Naval Blue 24 by Windthin Naval Blue 24a by Windthin
Naval Blue 27 by Windthin
Naval Blue 25 by Windthin Naval Blue 26 by Windthin Naval Blue 26a by Windthin
Naval Blue 31 by Windthin
Naval Blue 27a by Windthin Naval Blue 28 by Windthin Naval Blue 28a by Windthin
Naval Blue 33 by Windthin
Naval Blue 29 by Windthin Naval Blue 33a by Windthin Naval Blue 30 by Windthin
Naval Blue 34 by Windthin
Naval Blue 31a by Windthin Naval Blue 32 by Windthin Naval Blue 32a by Windthin
Naval Blue 36 by Windthin
Naval Blue 35 by Windthin Naval Blue 37 by Windthin Naval Blue 38 by Windthin
Naval Blue 39 by Windthin
Naval Blue 40a by Windthin Naval Blue 39a by Windthin Naval Blue 41 by Windthin
Naval Blue 40 by Windthin
Naval Blue 41a by Windthin Naval Blue 42 by Windthin Naval Blue 44 by Windthin
Naval Blue 43 by Windthin
Naval Blue 45 by Windthin Naval Blue 45a by Windthin Naval Blue 46 by Windthin
Naval Blue 43a by Windthin
Naval Blue 46a by Windthin Naval Blue 48a by Windthin Naval Blue 47a by Windthin
Naval Blue 45b by Windthin
Naval Blue 48b by Windthin Naval Blue 49 by Windthin Naval Blue 49a by Windthin
Naval Blue 47 by Windthin
Naval Blue 50 by Windthin Naval Blue 51 by Windthin Naval Blue 52 by Windthin
Naval Blue 48 by Windthin
Naval Blue 52a by Windthin Naval Blue 53 by Windthin Naval Blue 53a by Windthin
Naval Blue 50a by Windthin Naval Blue 51a by Windthin
 Naval Blue 56 by Windthin Naval Blue 54 by Windthin Naval Blue 55 by Windthin
Naval Blue 57 by Windthin
Naval Blue 57a by Windthin Naval Blue 58a by Windthin Naval Blue 57b by Windthin
Naval Blue 58 by Windthin


  • Listening to: Running Wild - Pirate Song
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: White Collar
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing

Rachel in Violet and Blue

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 20, 2014, 2:21 AM
Here is a fun series of photos I took this past July, using a special filter in my new Canon Powershot G12 camera.  It removes all color except the one you focus and lock on; you can adjust the tolerance to allow a broader array of hues, as seen in this series featuring my wife, Rachel.

Rachel in Violet and Blue 1 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 2 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 4 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 3 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 5 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 6 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 7 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 8 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 9 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 11 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 10 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 12 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 13 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 14 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 17 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 17a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 15 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 18a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 19 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 20 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 20a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 21a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 16b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 22 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 22a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 18 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 21 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 23c by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 23 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 27 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 29a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 24 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 28 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 29 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 25 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 30 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 30a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 30b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 26 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 31a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 31b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 31 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 32a by Windthin  Rachel in Violet and Blue 33a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 32 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 33c by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 34 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 34a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 33d by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 36a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 35a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 36b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 35 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 37a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 36 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 38 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 38a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 37 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 40a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 41 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 42 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 39 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 42a by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 43 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 44 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 40 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 45 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 46 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 46a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 44a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 45a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47b by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 48 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 48a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 47 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 49 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 50 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 51a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 51 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 52 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 53 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 54a by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 54 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 55 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 56 by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 54b by Windthin
Rachel in Violet and Blue 57 by Windthin Rachel in Violet and Blue 57a by Windthin
Dancing Rachel in Violet and Blue Animation 1 by Windthin
Dancing Rachel in Violet and Blue Animation 2 by Windthin

  • Listening to: Classic Rock
  • Reading: Stuart Kamnisky
  • Watching: White Collar
  • Playing: Vampire: The Masquerade

Raccoon Journal 10.5 - Culver's

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 9, 2014, 12:35 AM


I had thought this would be my last journal of the year; Culver's has a program where volunteers for an organization can come and serve folks for several hours, and 10% of the profits from that time go to that organization.  So our county wildlife rescue center went out to help out, while Stinky, Vinnie, Hamlet, and their chaperones were outside for customers to meet and learn about.

All taken 8-7-14.

Service in Serving 1 by Windthin
Service in Serving 2 by Windthin

Stinky.

Stinky at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 1a by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 1b by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2a by Windthin
Stinky at Culver's 2b by Windthin

Hamlet.

Hamlet at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Hamlet at Culver's 2 by Windthin

Vinnie.

Vinnie at Culver's 1 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 2b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 3b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 4a by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 5 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 6 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7b by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 7c by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 7d by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 8 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 9 by Windthin
Vinnie at Culver's 9a by Windthin Vinnie at Culver's 10 by Windthin

Here are past weeks' journals:
Return of the Raccoon Journals
Another Week, Another Raccoon Journal
Raccoon Journal 3 - Rise of the Raccoons
Raccoon Journal 4 - Now With Mink!
Raccoon Journal 5 - Bob Rules
Raccoon Journal 6 - Duck Duck Goose
Raccoon Journal 7 - July 4th Edition
Raccoon Journal 8 - Vinnie is Great!
Raccoon Journal 9 - For the Birds
Raccoon Journal 9.5 - Open House
Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends

Here is a link to the last journal from last year, with links in it to all others that year:
Raccoons 11 - A New Beginning

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Raccoon Journal 10 - Three-Legs and Friends

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 3, 2014, 3:23 AM


I've fallen way behind in my journals, but I am finally getting around to getting them up here.  I lost a few pictures and videos, sadly, due to glitches in my old computer.  Losses should be minimal overall, thankfully.

This journal is for 7-25-14.

I'll start with one of our interesting success stories: Three-Legs.  We don't typically name animals that will be released, but sometimes a few stand out, like Zorro last year.  This year, Three-Legs is one such case; surviving the amputation of a forelimb, he is still quite capable of clambering about, and was eventually released with the rest of this year's young raccoons.  Here are some pictures of him:

Three-Legs 1 by Windthin
Three-Legs 2 by Windthin Three-Legs 2a by Windthin Three-Legs 2b by Windthin
Three-Legs 4a by Windthin
Three-Legs 4 by Windthin Three-Legs 3 by Windthin Three-Legs 5 by Windthin
Three-Legs 6 by Windthin
Three-Legs 7 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 1 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 3 by Windthin
Three-Legs 8 by Windthin Three-Legs 9 by Windthin Three-Legs 10 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 4a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 5a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 6 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 5 by Windthin
Three-Legged Raccoon 7 by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 7a by Windthin Three-Legged Raccoon 6a by Windthin

Amusingly, somebody who will become a permanent resident doesn't have a name yet; Mamma Possum here had nine babies, six of whom survived to be released.  She was hit by a car, and is blind now and perhaps entirely deaf as well, but still gets around fine and seems to retain her other senses; those long whiskers really help her.

Momma Possum 1b by Windthin
Momma Possum 1 by Windthin Momma Possum 1a by Windthin Momma Possum 2 by Windthin
Momma Possum 2a by Windthin
Momma Possum 2b by Windthin Momma Possum 3 by Windthin Momma Possum 4 by Windthin

Here we have one of the many baby bunnies who come in.  They're tough to rehab; about half survive, and this percentage apparently is duplicated in the wild.  Here you can see how difficult feeding is in some pics.

Baby Bunny by Windthin
Feeding the Baby Bunny 3 by Windthin
Feeding the Baby Bunny 1 by Windthin Feeding the Baby Bunny 2 by Windthin

We have a lot of young birds yet, including a rather loud little Cedar Waxwing.

Video: Baby Cedar Waxwing and Mourning Dove
Video: Feed the Little Birds

Little Cedar Waxwing 1 by Windthin
Little Cedar Waxwing 2 by Windthin

Here is another of our Raccoons, a very tiny one that was born well after all of the others this season.  Where most are already outside at this point, this little one didn't even have his eyes open yet.  Included below are two videos.


Video: Tiny Raccoon

Tiny Raccoon 2 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 1 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 3 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 4 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 5 by Windthin
Tiny Raccoon 6 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 7 by Windthin Tiny Raccoon 8 by Windthin

Here is our young Gray Screech Owl in both video and pictures.  During the day he shares space with Stinky, a permanent resident there to help him learn how to be an owl.

Video: Young Screech Owl

Young Gray Screech Owl 1 by Windthin
Young Gray Screech Owl 1a by Windthin

All three American Kestrels were outside at this point, though one might wind up a permanent resident, as its wing has not seemed to heal properly.

American Kestrel 1a by Windthin
American Kestrel 1 by Windthin American Kestrel 1b by Windthin
American Kestrel 2 by Windthin
American Kestrel 3a by Windthin
American Kestrel 4 by Windthin
American Kestrel 5a by Windthin
American Kestrel 5 by Windthin American Kestrel 6 by Windthin
American Kestrel 7 by Windthin

Eragon is the name voted upon for the young Red-Tailed Hawk that will become another permanent resident, due to a bad wing and leg.  Here is some video, featuring both him and the gosling five, and pictures.



Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 1a by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2b by Windthin
Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2c by Windthin Eragon the Red-Tailed Hawk 2a by Windthin

We also had a few interesting inductions this week, including a Chipmunk and a bunch of Baby Mice.

Video: Baby Mice

Chipmunk by Windthin
Baby Mice 1 by Windthin
Baby Mice 2 by Windthin Baby Mice 3 by Windthin

The Minks have been far more visible of late at this point.  Funny story; turns out at one point the head manager went to check on them and saw only two, but figured one was hiding.  Later, she checked again and saw one out moving around the barn.  Turns out they'd found a way out way in back, and were regularly venturing out to hunt, then coming back because they knew they'd get food there and it was safe.  I imagine the chipmunk population suffered a bit before their little escape tunnel was sealed up.

Video: Young Minks at Play

Young Minks 3 by Windthin
Young Minks 1 by Windthin Young Minks 3a by Windthin
Young Minks 2 by Windthin
Young Minks 4 by Windthin Young Minks 5 by Windthin Young Minks 5b by Windthin
Young Minks 5a by Windthin
Young Minks 6 by Windthin
Young Minks 6a by Windthin Young Minks 7 by Windthin
Young Minks 6b by Windthin

Here are some pictures of the four orphaned Fawns, who continue to do well in the fawn meadow.

Orphaned Fawns 2b by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 1 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 2a by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 2 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 3 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 5 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 6 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 7 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 4 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 8 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 9a by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 10 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 5a by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 11 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 12 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 14 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 9 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 15 by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 16 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 13 by Windthin
Orphaned Fawns 14a by Windthin Orphaned Fawns 15a by Windthin

A brief glimpse at the mysterious lone Wood Duck.

Spot the Wood Duck by Windthin

Almost as shy our the three Coyote Pups.

Video: Three Young Coyotes

Shy Coyote Pups 1 by Windthin
Shy Coyote Pups 2 by Windthin Shy Coyote Pups 3 by Windthin

Vinnie the Turkey Vulture is, as usual, a big ham.  He's really a sweet bird, though a bit confused by the baby vultures that are his neighbors now.

Me and Vinnie 1 by Windthin
Vinnie in the Shadows by Windthin Me and Vinnie 2 by Windthin Vinnie the Vulture by Windthin
Snack Time for Vinnie by Windthin

The young Cardinal has been moved outside into an enclosure of its own, still too ornery to be around other birds.

Young Cardinal 1 by Windthin
Young Cardinal 2 by Windthin Young Cardinal 3 by Windthin Young Cardinal 4 by Windthin

The aviary has plenty of other Birds, though.

Young Robin 1 by Windthin
Young Robin 3 by Windthin Young Robin 4 by Windthin Young Robin 5 by Windthin
Young Robin 2 by Windthin
Mourning Dove Through the Leaves by Windthin Young Robin Arriving At Wildlife Center 1 by Windthin
Young Robin 6 by Windthin
Young Robin Arriving At Wildlife Center 1a by Windthin

With Bob the rooster sadly confirmed gone, the two hens still have the run of the place, though they are going to another home eventually now.  Many of the pictures around the feeder also catch chipmunks, squirrels, and small birds in them.

Two Hens on a Picnic Table 2 by Windthin
Two Hens on a Picnic Table 1 by Windthin Two Hens on a Picnic Table 3 by Windthin Hens and Geese by Windthin
Two Hens on a Picnic Table 3a by Windthin
Hens, Geese, and Ducks by Windthin Two Hens and a Sparrow by Windthin Hens and Company 1 by Windthin
Running Hen by Windthin
Hens and Company 2 by Windthin Hens and Company 3 by Windthin
Hens and Company 4 by Windthin Hens and Company 5 by Windthin
Hen by Windthin

Here are more pictures of the Squirrels, Chipmunks, and Small Birds that gather around the front feeder.

Squirrel 1 by Windthin
At the Feeder 7 by Windthin At the Feeder 8 by Windthin At the Feeder 9 by Windthin
At the Feeder 2 by Windthin
At the Feeder 11 by Windthin At the Feeder 12 by Windthin At the Feeder 13 by Windthin
At the Feeder 1 by Windthin
At the Feeder 14 by Windthin At the Feeder 15 by Windthin At the Feeder 16 by Windthin
Squirrel 2 by Windthin At the Feeder 10 by Windthin
At the Feeder 3 by Windthin At the Feeder 4 by Windthin At the Feeder 5 by Windthin
At the Feeder 6 by Windthin
At the Feeder 17 by Windthin At the Feeder 19 by Windthin At the Feeder 20 by Windthin
At the Feeder 18 by Windthin
At the Feeder 21 by Windthin At the Feeder 23 by Windthin
At the Feeder 22 by Windthin
At the Feeder 24 by Windthin Chipmunk by Windthin
At the Feeder 25 by Windthin

A couple of pictures of the two young Great Horned Owls.

Great Horned Owl by Windthin Great Horned Owls by Windthin

Here is another permanent resident, Hamlet the Barred Owl.

Hamlet in the Shade 1 by Windthin Hamlet in the Shade 2 by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 1a by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3b by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 1 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3 by Windthin Hamlet the Barred Owl 3a by Windthin
Hamlet the Barred Owl 2 by Windthin

These are called Raccoon journals for a reason: we have plenty!

Climbing Raccoons Animation 1 by Windthin
Climbing Raccoons Animation 1

Climbing Raccoons Animation 2 by Windthin
Climbing Raccoons Animation 2

Young Raccoons 1 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 2 by Windthin Young Raccoons 3 by Windthin Young Raccoons 4 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 1a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 7 by Windthin Young Raccoons 9a by Windthin  Young Raccoons 11 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 5 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 12 by Windthin Young Raccoons 13 by Windthin Young Raccoons 14 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 6 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 15 by Windthin Young Raccoons 16 by Windthin Young Raccoons 17 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 8 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 18 by Windthin Young Raccoons 19a by Windthin Young Raccoons 20 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 9 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 20a by Windthin Young Raccoons 20b by Windthin Young Raccoons 20c by Windthin
Young Raccoons 10 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 21 by Windthin Young Raccoons 22 by Windthin Young Raccoons 23a by Windthin
Raccoon Paw by Windthin
Young Raccoons 24 by Windthin Young Raccoons 24a by Windthin Young Raccoons 24b by Windthin
Young Raccoons 16a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 25 by Windthin Young Raccoons 26 by Windthin Young Raccoons 26a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 17a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 27 by Windthin Young Raccoons 28 by Windthin Young Raccoons 29 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 19 by Windthin


Young Raccoons 31 by Windthin Young Raccoons 29a by Windthin Young Raccoons 32 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 20c by Windthin
Young Raccoons 33 by Windthin Young Raccoons 32a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 21a by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 1 by Windthin Raccoon Triage 2 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 23 by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 3 by Windthin Raccoon Triage 4 by Windthin 
Young Raccoons 30 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34 by Windthin  Young Raccoons 35 by Windthin 
Raccoon Triage 1a by Windthin Raccoon Triage 3a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 36 by Windthin Young Raccoons 37 by Windthin
Raccoon Triage 4a by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34b by Windthin Young Raccoons 38 by Windthin
Young Raccoons 34a by Windthin

With the creation of the duck and goose pond, the older Ducklings and Goslings get to roam about during the day, fenced in to keep them out of trouble.

Video: Silly Goslings
Video: Picking Greens with Goslings
Video: On Top of the Falls

Orphaned Ducklings 1a by Windthin
Orphaned Ducklings 1 by Windthin Orphaned Ducklings 2 by Windthin Orphaned Goslings and Ducklings 1a by Windthin