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The Ring Thief

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 8, 2014, 3:26 PM
I got myself a set of GL rings for Christmas, the full spectrum, and then went at them with some leafing pens.  I did three each in gold, silver, and copper, and then added a few acrylic matte coatings to both protect them and make them look more natural.

I then modeled them, wearing my new shemagh and a get-up I've cobbled together for a LARP character.  Here are the results:

THE RINGS
A Ring Thing 1 by Windthin A Ring Thing 2 by Windthin A Ring Thing 3 by Windthin
A Ring Thing 4 by Windthin
A Ring Thing 5 by Windthin A Ring Thing 6 by Windthin A Ring Thing 7 by Windthin
A Ring Thing 8 by Windthin
A Ring Thing 8a by Windthin A Ring Thing 9 by Windthin

THE RING THIEF
The Ring Thief 1 by Windthin The Ring Thief 2 by Windthin The Ring Thief 2a by Windthin
The Ring Thief 3 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 3a by Windthin The Ring Thief 6a by Windthin The Ring Thief 7 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 4 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 8 by Windthin The Ring Thief 8b by Windthin The Ring Thief 9 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 5 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 9a by Windthin The Ring Thief 10 by Windthin The Ring Thief 11 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 6 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 12 by Windthin
The Ring Thief 12a by Windthin

A MYSTERIOUS MAN
Mysterious Man 1 by Windthin
Mysterious Man 2 by Windthin Mysterious Man 2a by Windthin


skin made by Juffs

Fog and Snow

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 6:40 AM
We're getting the most interesting weather this year.  Don't believe me? Take a look!


Fog or Steam? 1 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 2 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 2a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 2b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 2c by Windthin Fog or Steam? 3 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 3a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 3b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 3c by Windthin Fog or Steam? 4 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 4a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 4b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 4c by Windthin Fog or Steam? 4d by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 4e by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 5 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 5a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 5b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 6 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 6a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 6b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 7a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 7b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 8a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 8b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 9 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 10a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 10b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 11 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 11a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 11b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 11c by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 11d by Windthin Fog or Steam? 12a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 13a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 13b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 13c by Windthin Fog or Steam? 14 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 12b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 14a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 18 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 18a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 19 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 19a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 21a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 15a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 22 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 23 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 23a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 22a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 22b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 23b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 23c by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 20 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 21 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 24 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 24b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 24c by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 25 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 25a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 26 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 26a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 26b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 27 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 27a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 27b by Windthin Fog or Steam? 28 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 28a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 29 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 29a by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 30 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 30a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 30b by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 31 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 32 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 32a by Windthin Fog or Steam? 33 by Windthin
Fog or Steam? 34 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 35 by Windthin Fog or Steam? 36 by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 3 by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 6 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 6a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 6b by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 6c by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 7 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 7a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 7b by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 4 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 5 by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 8a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 9 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 9a by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 9b by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 9c by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 9d by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 8 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 8b by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 9e by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 10 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 10a by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 12 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 12a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 12b by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 13 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 13a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 14 by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 14a by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 14b by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 15a by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 14c by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 15d by Windthin
Steampunk Snowfall 15 by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 15b by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 15c by Windthin Steampunk Snowfall 16 by Windthin


  • Mood: Winter Downs

You Don't Know What You Have...

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 9, 2013, 3:27 AM


..until it's gone.

I miss my parents.

And at times I still find it very, very difficult to accept that they are gone.

Even as I know they will always be with me.

  • Mood: Sorrow

Winter Dawn

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 9, 2013, 2:58 AM
Early one cold Wednesday morning, on the day before Thanksgiving, I looked out the window and saw that a quick freeze had come and the pond was solid ice.  Almost.  Several flocks of Canada geese had hunkered down on it for the night, and as they stirred I saw that they left craters behind where their body heat had warmed and melted the ice, forging their own little nests of sorts.  As the sun crept over the buildings across the way, the play of light and shadow on the pond and banks was impossible to resist, so out I went to capture it all.


Winter Dawn 1 by Windthin Winter Dawn 1a by Windthin Winter Dawn 2 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 2a by Windthin Winter Dawn 3 by Windthin Winter Dawn 4 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 4a by Windthin
 Winter Dawn 5 by Windthin Winter Dawn 5a by Windthin Winter Dawn 6 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 6a by Windthin Winter Dawn 7 by Windthin Winter Dawn 7a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 7b - Honk! by Windthin
Winter Dawn 8 by Windthin Winter Dawn 9 by Windthin Winter Dawn 10 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 8a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 10b by Windthin Winter Dawn 11 by Windthin Winter Dawn 12 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 12a by Windthin Winter Dawn 13 by Windthin Winter Dawn 13a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 10a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 13b by Windthin Winter Dawn 15 by Windthin Winter Dawn 15a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 14a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 15b by Windthin Winter Dawn 16 by Windthin Winter Dawn 17 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 18b - Standing Out by Windthin
Winter Dawn 17a by Windthin Winter Dawn 17b by Windthin Winter Dawn 18 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 22 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 18a by Windthin Winter Dawn 19 by Windthin Winter Dawn 19a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 31a by Windthin
Winter Dawn 20 by Windthin Winter Dawn 20a by Windthin Winter Dawn 21 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 23 by Windthin Winter Dawn 24 by Windthin Winter Dawn 25 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 35 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 25a by Windthin Winter Dawn 26 by Windthin Winter Dawn 27 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 40a - Alone in the Dark by Windthin
Winter Dawn 28 by Windthin Winter Dawn 29 by Windthin Winter Dawn 30 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 31 by Windthin Winter Dawn 32 by Windthin Winter Dawn 33 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 41 - In the Limelight by Windthin
Winter Dawn 34 by Windthin Winter Dawn 36 by Windthin Winter Dawn 37 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 46 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 39 by Windthin Winter Dawn 40 - Alone in the Dark by Windthin Winter Dawn 38 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 42 by Windthin Winter Dawn 43 by Windthin Winter Dawn 44 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 50 - Honk! by Windthin
Winter Dawn 45 by Windthin Winter Dawn 47 by Windthin Winter Dawn 48 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 52a - Heart or Jetpack? by Windthin
Winter Dawn 48a by Windthin Winter Dawn 49 by Windthin Winter Dawn 51 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 52 - Heart or Jetpack? by Windthin Winter Dawn 53 by Windthin Winter Dawn 54 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 59 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 55 by Windthin Winter Dawn 56 by Windthin Winter Dawn 57 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 66 - Watching You, Human by Windthin
Winter Dawn 58 by Windthin Winter Dawn 58a by Windthin Winter Dawn 60 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 61 by Windthin Winter Dawn 62 by Windthin Winter Dawn 63 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 70 - A Veil of Ice by Windthin
Winter Dawn 64 by Windthin Winter Dawn 65 by Windthin Winter Dawn 67 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 71 - A Veil of Ice by Windthin
Winter Dawn 68 by Windthin Winter Dawn 69 by Windthin Winter Dawn 73 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 73a by Windthin Winter Dawn 74 - From the Ice by Windthin Winter Dawn 75 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 72 - A Veil of Ice by Windthin
Winter Dawn 76 by Windthin Winter Dawn 77 by Windthin Winter Dawn 78 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 72a - A Veil of Ice by Windthin
Winter Dawn 79 by Windthin Winter Dawn 80 by Windthin Winter Dawn 81 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 82 by Windthin Winter Dawn 83 by Windthin Winter Dawn 84 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 74a - From the Ice by Windthin
Winter Dawn 85 by Windthin Winter Dawn 88 by Windthin Winter Dawn 86 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 91 - Honk! by Windthin
Winter Dawn 87 by Windthin Winter Dawn 89 by Windthin Winter Dawn 90 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 94 by Windthin Winter Dawn 93 - A Small Flight by Windthin Winter Dawn 95 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 92 - A Small Flight by Windthin
Winter Dawn 97 by Windthin Winter Dawn 98 by Windthin Winter Dawn 99 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 96 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 101 by Windthin Winter Dawn 102 by Windthin Winter Dawn 103 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 104 by Windthin Winter Dawn 104a by Windthin Winter Dawn 105 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 100 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 106 by Windthin Winter Dawn 107 by Windthin Winter Dawn 108 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 115 - Ray of Light by Windthin
Winter Dawn 109 by Windthin Winter Dawn 110 by Windthin Winter Dawn 111 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 115a - Ray of Light by Windthin
Winter Dawn 112 by Windthin Winter Dawn 113 by Windthin Winter Dawn 114 by Windthin
Winter Dawn 116 - Perseverance by Windthin

Winter Dawn 116a - Perseverance by Windthin

Winter Dawn 116b - Perseverance by Windthin


Steampunkinheads

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 29, 2013, 2:35 AM
Last year I made a pumpkin mask (which I named Gourdon) to wear during the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Parade, part of their pumpkin festival.  I got to wear it in the Cortland Day Parade two weeks earlier also.   It was a massive hit with kids and adults alike, both during the parades and a few outings to supermarkets on the days of where I wore it.

This year I wanted to go even bigger.  I made Rachel a mask as well and really worked on my costuming, going largely with fall colors save for the big purple tophat.  I made use of a lot of items I've made in the past.  I was ill, so did not get to go to the Cortland parade, but we got out fpr the pumpkin festival and spent two hours rooming downtown Sycamore before the parade; we got stoped a LOT for pictures, and generally had a lot of fun and saw a lot of smiles from kids and adults alike (often even MORE from the adults!).  When we headed down to join the county Democrats for the parade, we kept getting attention, and there was even a wonderful guy who invited us into his house, where he was holding a party, for everybody to see.  He offered us food and drink and asked us to come back later; we had to decline, as we were on a schedule, but it was really heart-warming, and later, when he saw us in the parade, he reacted wonderfully.

It was a terrific experience all around.  By the end of the parade I was worn out and weary and exhausted.  I had to conduct repairs on my right glove and my boots.  And it was totally worth it.

Here are the masks.
Zuccia Pumpkinhead Mask by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead 2013 by Windthin

Here are pictures taken on the day.  They came out a bit off, because my camera was accidentally set for some sky shots I'd taken a few days prior.
The Pumpkinheads by Windthin

The following day we went out to the DeKalb public library to get some better pictures.  Here's the two of us.
Gourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 1 by WindthinGourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 2 by WindthinGourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 3 by WindthinGourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 4 by Windthin
Gourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 7 by WindthinGourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 6 by Windthin
Gourdon and Zaccia Pumpkinhead 5 by Windthin

Here is Rachel's pumpkinhead, which we named Zaccia, a derivative of zucca, the Italian word for pumpkin.

Zuccia Pumpkinhead 1 by WindthinZaccia Pumpkinhead 2 by WindthinZaccia Pumpkinhead 3 by Windthin
Zaccia Pumpkinhead 5 by WindthinZaccia Pumpkinhead 6 by Windthin
Zaccia Pumpkinhead 4 by Windthin

Here is me; some of my friends have dubbed Gourdon a 'steampunkinhead'!
Steam Punkinhead 1 by WindthinSteam Punkinhead 2 by WindthinSteam Punkinhead 3 by Windthin
Steam Punkinhead 4 by WindthinSteam Punkinhead 5 by WindthinSteam Punkinhead 6 by Windthin
Steam Punkinhead 7 by Windthin

Lastly, here are some pictures from last year.
Gourdon Jr. by WindthinSanctuary Pumpkinhead 1 by WindthinSanctuary Pumpkinhead 2 by Windthin
Sanctuary Pumpkinhead 3 by WindthinSanctuary Pumpkinhead 4 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead in Cortland 1 by Windthin
Gourdon Pumpkinhead in Cortland 2 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead in Cortland 3 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead after Cortland 1 by Windthin
Gourdon Pumpkinhead after Cortland 2 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead after Cortland 3 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead Before the Parade 1 by Windthin
Gourdon Pumpkinhead Before the Parade 2 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead Before the Parade 3 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead Before the Parade 4 by Windthin
Gourdon Pumpkinhead Before the Parade 5 by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead at Sycamore Pumpkin Parade by WindthinGourdon Pumpkinhead by Curtis Clegg by Windthin





















Back Yard Challenge

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 8, 2013, 12:30 PM
All of the following photos were taken during at most hour-long periods on the mornings of August 26th and 27th, 2013.  Most of them were taken within sight of my apartment and none were taken more than a block or so away.

What can you find within easy walking distance of your home?

Swallow Nest 1 by Windthin Swallow Nest 2 by Windthin Perriwinkle by Windthin Yellow 1 by Windthin
Yellow 2 by Windthin Yellow 3 by Windthin Yellow 4 by Windthin Yellow 5 by Windthin
Queen Anne's Lace 1 by Windthin Queen Anne's Lace 2 by Windthin Little Suns 1 by Windthin Flock of Birds by Windthin
Little Suns 2 by Windthin Very Violet 1 by Windthin Very Violet 2 by Windthin Perriwinkles 1 by Windthin
Perriwinkles 2 by Windthin Brown and Goldenrod 1 by Windthin Brown and Goldenrod 2 by Windthin Brown and Goldenrod 3 by Windthin
Brown and Goldenrod 4 by Windthin Yellow Sun 1 by Windthin Yellow Sun 2 by Windthin A Little Wilderness by Windthin
Yellow Suns 1 by Windthin Unborn Sun 1 by Windthin Unborn Sun 2 by Windthin Unborn Sun 3 by Windthin
Unborn Sun 4 by Windthin Yellow Sun 3 by Windthin Pods 1 by Windthin Pods 2 by Windthin
Purple Star by Windthin Silky Dogwood Berries 1 by Windthin Green From Above by Windthin Silky Dogwood Berries 2 by Windthin
Silky Dogwood Berries 3 by Windthin Silky Dogwood with Berries 1 by Windthin Silky Dogwood with Berries 2 by Windthin Silky Dogwood with Berries 3 by Windthin
What Was It? 1 by Windthin What Was It? 2 by Windthin What Was It? 3 by Windthin What Was It? 4 by Windthin
Little Glade by Windthin Goldenrod by Windthin Elderberries 1 by Windthin Elderberries 2 by Windthin
Elderberries 3 by Windthin Elderberries 4 by Windthin Wild Dandelions by Windthin Elderberries 5 by Windthin
Bittersweet Nightshade Flowers and Berries by Windthin Bumblebee 1 by Windthin Little Green Bugs 1 by Windthin Little Green Bugs 2 by Windthin
Little Green Bugs 3 by Windthin Bumblebee 2 by Windthin Little Green Bugs 4 by Windthin Bumblebee 3 by Windthin
Little Green Bugs 5 by Windthin Bumblebee 4 by Windthin Hoverfly 1 by Windthin Hoverfly 2 by Windthin
Tiny Flower Fly by Windthin Bumblebee 5 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 1 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 2 by Windthin
Bumblebee 6 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 3 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 4 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 5 by Windthin
Little Green Bugs 6 by Windthin Hoverfly 3 by Windthin Hoverflies 1 by Windthin Honey Bee 1 by Windthin
Hoverflies 2 by Windthin Hoverflies 3 by Windthin Bumblebee and Hoverfly 6 by Windthin Bumblebee 7 by Windthin
Hoverflies 4 by Windthin Hoverfly and Little Green Bug 1 by Windthin Hoverfly and Little Green Bug 2 by Windthin Hoverfly 4 by Windthin
Tunnel Vision 1 by Windthin Tunnel Vision 2 by Windthin Spider in a Tunnel by Windthin Tunnel Vision 3 by Windthin
Tunnel Vision 4 by Windthin Tunnel Vision 5 by Windthin Tunnel Vision 6 by Windthin Funnel Web by Windthin
Young Mallard by Windthin Patio Wasp Nest 1 by Windthin Patio Wasp Nest 2 by Windthin Young Mallard by Windthin
Ant on Dandelion by Windthin Robin and Sparrow by Windthin Familiar Bluet Damselfly 1 by Windthin Familiar Bluet Damselfly 2 by Windthin
Familiar Bluet Damselfly 3 by Windthin Familiar Bluet Damselfly 4 by Windthin Familiar Bluet Damselfly 5 by Windthin Familiar Bluet Damselfly 6 by Windthin
Familiar Bluet Damselfly 7 by Windthin Grasshopper Closeup 1 by Windthin Grasshopper Closeup 2 by Windthin Grasshopper Closeup 3 by Windthin
Soldier Beetle 1 by Windthin Soldier Beetle 2 by Windthin Little Green Bugs 7 by Windthin Bumblebee 8 by Windthin
Soldier Beetles Mating 1 by Windthin Soldier Beetles and Little Green Bugs by Windthin Soldier Beetle and Little Green Bug by Windthin Fragile Forktail Damselfly 1 by Windthin
Fragile Forktail Damselfly 2 by Windthin Fragile Forktail Damselfly 3 by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 1 by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 1a by Windthin
Goldenrod Haven 2 by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 3 by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 4 - Soldier Beetle by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 5 - Little Green Bugs by Windthin
Goldenrod Haven 6 - Wasp by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 7 by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 8 - Wasp by Windthin Goldenrod Haven 9 by Windthin
Sickle in Tree 1 by Windthin Sickle in a Tree 2 by Windthin Spider Web in a Shattered Case 1 by Windthin Spider Web in a Shattered Case 2 by Windthin
Spider Web in a Shattered Case 3 by Windthin Little Hitchhiker 1 by Windthin Little Hitchhiker 2 by Windthin Little Hitchhiker 3 by Windthin
Little Hitchhiker 4 by Windthin Little Hitchhiker 5 by Windthin Little Hitchhiker 6 by Windthin Lots of Little Green Bugs by Windthin
Bumblebee 9 by Windthin Bumblebee 10 by Windthin


Faux Hummingbird

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 13, 2013, 11:42 PM


This white-lined sphinx moth, of the family sphingidae, is often mistaken for a hummingbird.  This is because it has evolved a very similar shape in order to allow it to hover and feed from flowers.  It has thin wings that can beat with incredible speed, and is one of the fastest fliers in the insect world.  It also has a very long proboscis, visible in some shots here.

Here is a brief video of the moth in action.

Faux Hummingbird 1 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 2 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 3 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 4 by Windthin
Faux Hummingbird 5 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 6 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 7 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 8 by Windthin
Faux Hummingbird 9 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 10 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 11 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 11a by Windthin
Faux Hummingbird 11b by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 12 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 13 by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 13a by Windthin
Faux Hummingbird 13b by Windthin Faux Hummingbird 14 by Windthin

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A Perfect Cornfest Day

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 30, 2013, 11:00 PM
I live in DeKalb, Illinois.  Growing up a navy brat, I never stayed in one place as long as I've been here.  While I want to travel, to see the world, I've learned the value of appreciating where you are, of making the most of it, and where I am is not a bad place at all.  There's a great community and far more to see than many realize.  You only need to look around.

When I first arrived in DeKalb as a freshman at Northern Illinois University, one of the first things I did was attend Cornfest.  It's the city's big annual festival, and it made me feel welcome and interested.  That was in 1994.  I've now been in DeKalb roughly 19 years (early on I was still living with my parents during the summer and holidays).  As of August 1st I've been married for 15 years, to a wonderful woman I met at NIU.  Cornfest has been a part of my life and hers for a long time now.

Sadly, some time back, due to renovations in the downtown district, the festival was moved out to the airport.  This began a slow downward spiral for Cornfest, as it became steadily more divorced from the community.  It grew sterile, more corporate and less a place for artisans and locals.

But this year, after years of myself and others pushing for it, it returned to the downtown.  And the first day was a rousing success.

Now, some of you who were there might be baffled right now.  It started slow, officially at 3 pm, but few were about in the heat and the wind.  As people got off work our out of class, crowds began to gather.  And then the storm hit.

It came first with a blast of wind that looked like a duststorm had blown in.  Some tents were actually upended, others narrowly rescued.  I rushed off to help people secure tents as the storm bore down on us.  The winds shifted unpredictably and many tents began to close down.  Then the rain began, a patter at first that rapidly grew into sheets.  Tents closed and people scrambled into doorways and storefronts. I kept out there through it all, helping people with their tents.  I managed to rescue one group's things when their tent, left up but empty, blew over.  It was their first Cornfest, and they weren't familiar with the precautions necessary in this windy little city.  The rain came and went and came and went again, and when it was all blown out only a few tents and booths were open.  Restaurants and bars turned a fairly brisk business, and people did begin to gather again gradually, but the night was certainly going to be much quieter than a usual first night for Cornfest.

So why do I consider it a success?  When the wind roared and the rain poured, the community rose to the challenge.  I saw dozens of examples of store owners opening their doors to patrons and booth owners, of people rushing to the rescue and refusing to let the rain fully dampen their spirits.  It was what I loved about Cornfest.  It's what I love about any town's signature festival, that sense of community and camaraderie.  It told me that there was life again in this yearly event, that it would survive and thrive once more.

I met a lot of interesting people today.  From the folks running the Thai restaurant I've not been to in ages (in a booth right next to our DeKalb County Democrats tent) to some peddlers of a rather tasty pomegranate soda with, of all things, pearls in it (called Seksi).  From the owners of a nice little clothing store I'd not spotted before, who specialize in American-made clothes for plus and petite sizes, to a nice girl from a Japanese steak house in town that can apparently offer Rachel allergen-free offerings.  Cub scouts, Kiwanis, firefighters raising money for vehicles for disabled vets, a bank helping to build homes for veterans (theirs was the blown-over tent where I rescued their things), helpful police officers, and plenty of friendly faces asking about my curious clothes or just helping out.  When the storm shut them down, Pizza Villa's booth proprietors retreated into Herbal Embers, the shop of my friend Dan, and offered up free pizza to anybody else taking shelter there.  All told, I enjoyed myself. I also ran myself ragged and came home soaked to the skin, but I look forward to tomorrow, and the return of a Cornfest I can be proud of.

Drenched by Windthin


Yellow

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 28, 2013, 8:33 PM
A collection of photos taken on August 15th and 17th, 2013.  Bumblebees, honey bees, yellow flowers, cicada killer wasps, and other insects are featured.

Bees or Flies? by Windthin Bee or Fly? by Windthin Asian Lady Beetle 1 by Windthin Asian Lady Beetle 2 by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 1 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Is It Safe Yet? by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 2 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 3 (Bumblebee and Green Bug) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 4 (Bumblebee and Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 5 (Bumblebee and Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 6 (Bumblebee and Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 7 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 8 (Bumblebee and more...) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 8a (Bumblebee and more...) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 8b (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 9 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 10 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 11 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Still Not Safe? by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 12 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 13 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 14 (Honey Bee and 2 Green Bugs) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 15 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 16 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 17 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 18 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 19 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 20 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 21 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 22 (Little Green Bug) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 22a (Little Green Bug) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 23 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 23 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 24 (Soldier  Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 25 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Yellow by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 26 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 27 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 28 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 29 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 30 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 31 (Honey Bee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 32 (Bumblebee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 33 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 32 (Bumblebee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 35 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 36 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 37 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 38 (Honey Bee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 39 (Bumblebee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 39a (Bumblebee Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 40 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 41 (Soldier Beetle) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 42 (Bumblebee 'n Soldier Beetle) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 43 (Bumblebee 'n Soldier Beetle) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 44 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 45 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 46 (Little Green Bug) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 47 (Japanese Beetle) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 48 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Yellow by Windthin Yellow by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 49 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 50 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 51 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 52 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 53 (Soldier Beetle) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 54 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 55 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 56 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 57 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 58 (Soldier Beetles) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 59 (Little Green Bug) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 60 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 61 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 62 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 63 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 64 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 65 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 66 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 67 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 68 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 69 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 70 (Honey Bee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 71 by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 72 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 73 by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 74 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 75 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 76 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 77 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 78 (Bumblebee) by Windthin
Banquet in Yellow 79 (Bumblebee) by Windthin Banquet in Yellow 80 (Honey Bee) by Windthin Return of the Cicada Killers 1 by Windthin Return of the Cicada Killers 2 by Windthin
Return of the Cicada Killers 3 by Windthin Return of the Cicada Killers 4 by Windthin Return of the Cicada Killers 5 by Windthin Return of the Cicada Killers 6 by Windthin
Return of the Cicada Killers 7 by Windthin A Haven for Wasps 1 by Windthin A Haven for Wasps 2 by Windthin

Great Blue Herons

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 27, 2013, 4:55 AM


A collection of pictures, animations, and videos of Great Blue Herons I have taken this year.  The best are at the bottom.



July 18th, 2013

Videos
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Blue Heron In Flight


Animations
Standing Heron Animation by Windthin  Walking Heron 2 Animation by Windthin Walking Heron Animation by Windthin
Standing Heron Animation 200 by Windthin Walking Heron 2 200 Animation by Windthin Walking Heron 200 Animation by Windthin
Standing Heron Animation 100 by Windthin Walking Heron 2 100 Animation by Windthin Walking Heron 100 Animation by Windthin

Photos
Tag with a Heron 1 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 2 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 3 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 4 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 5 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 6 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 7 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 8 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 9 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 10 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 11 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 12 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 13 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 14 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 15 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 16 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 17 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 18 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 19 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 20 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 21 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 22 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 23 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 24 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 25 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 26 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 27 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 28 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 29 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 30 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 31 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 32 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 33a by Windthin Tag with a Heron 34 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 35 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 36 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 37 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 38 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 39 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 40 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 41 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 42 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 43 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 44 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 45 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 46 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 47 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 48 by Windthin
Tag with a Heron 49 by Windthin Tag with a Heron 50 by Windthin

August 10th, 2013

Videos
Great Blue Heron in Flight 2
Great Blue Heron in Flight 3


Photos
More Tag with a Heron 1 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 2 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 3 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 4 by Windthin
More Tag with a Heron 5 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 6 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 7 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 8 by Windthin
More Tag with a Heron 9 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 10 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 11 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 12 by Windthin
More Tag with a Heron 13 by Windthin More Tag with a Heron 14 by Windthin

August 15th, 2013

Video
Heron Call

Photos
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 1 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 2 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 3 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 4 by Windthin
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 5 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 6 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 7 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 8 by Windthin
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 9 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 10 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 11 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 12 by Windthin
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 13 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 14 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 15 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 20 by Windthin
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 17 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 18 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 19 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 16 by Windthin
Great Blue Heron on the Kish 21 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 22 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 23 by Windthin Great Blue Heron on the Kish 24 by Windthin

August 17th, 2013

Photos
Proud Heron 1 by Windthin Proud Heron 2 by Windthin

August 18th, 2013

Photos
Stalking Heron 1 by Windthin Stalking Heron 2 by Windthin Stalking Heron 3 by Windthin
Stalking Heron 4 by Windthin Stalking Heron 5 by Windthin Stalking Heron 6 by Windthin
Stalking Heron 6a by Windthin Stalking Heron 7 by Windthin Stalking Heron 8 by Windthin
Heron Strikes! by Windthin Heron Triumphant! 1 by Windthin Heron Triumphant! 1a by Windthin
Heron Triumphant! 1b by Windthin Heron Triumphant 2 by Windthin Stalking Heron 9 by Windthin

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Rock River Pelicans

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 27, 2013, 4:07 AM


Collected thumbnails of the pictures, videos, and animation of pelicans I took on July 3rd, 2013 in Dixon, Illinois.

Videos
Rock River Pelicans 1
Rock River Pelicans 2


Animation
Bobbing Pelicans Animation by Windthin

Photos
Rock River Pelicans 1 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 2 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 3 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 4 by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 5 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 6 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 7 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 8 by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 9 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 10 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 11 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 12 by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 13 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 14 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 15 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 16 by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 17 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 18 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 19 - Landing by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 20 - Takeoff! by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 21 - Soaring High by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 22 - Gathering by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 23 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 24 by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 25 - Walking on Water by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 26 - Dropping In by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 27 - and Rachel by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 28 - and Rachel by Windthin
Rock River Pelicans 29 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 30 by Windthin Rock River Pelicans 31 by Windthin

Raccoons 11: A New Beginning

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 28, 2013, 9:53 AM
So... okay, actually, it's an ending.  Turns out I went back for one more nice long shift, and boy did it wear me out.  I did a lot of fixing of things.  Let's see... things I did:

Fixed the netting on the door to the Cooper's hawks' enclosure.  Fixed the netting on the door to the kestrel enclosure.  Hauled the garbage out to the curb.  Fixed the loft in Zorro's enclosure by wiring it into place.  Loaded the freezer with frozen dead rats for the big birds of prey, then brought some over to the coop.  Pulled grapevine down from a tree for the fawns and geese.  Gave water to all of the raccoons outside.  Climbed up into the loft in the barn looking for supplies to fix things with.  Multiple times.  Fed fawns.  Caught a fawn when it nearly escaped and carried it back.  Fed raccoons.  No escape attempts.  Carried clean carriers in and stacked them up in the mammal room and coop (as opposed to cleaning dirty cages off, which is one of my usual tasks).  And much much more!  All told, I am really going to miss these Fridays.  I can tell you one thing: it gave me a workout.  Maybe next year I will have to sign on for two days a week, if we can swing it then.

Anyhow, let's begin with the place I spent a sizable portion of my day mending netting: the security enclosure.  It's where the Cooper's hawks and American kestrel are; the hawks have one side, the kestrel the other.  It has an airlock, to insure no escapees.  There's a second kestrel there now, incidentally, who I'd wager will soon join the first outside.

The kestrel that IS outside let me know eventually how he felt about me poking around his enclosure.  There I was just finishing up sewing the loose side of the netting I'd just installed into netting behind it using fishing line, pliers, and my fingers when he swung down and landed on my head.  He didn't stick around long, and I was wearing a leather gatsby cap, so I was alright, but I took the hint and packed it on for the day.  Here he is watching me warily:

Brilliant Bright Kestrel 4 by Windthin Brilliant Bright Kestrel 2 by Windthin Brilliant Bright Kestrel 3 by Windthin
Brilliant Bright Kestrel 1    Brilliant Bright Kestrel 4a    Brilliant Bright Kestrel 4b

The Cooper's hawks were easier to get pictures and video of despite being much more skittish; they were larger, so only had a few places to go while I worked:

Cooper's Hawk 5 by Windthin Cooper's Hawks 5 by Windthin Cooper's Hawk 7 by Windthin

Swinging Cooper's Hawks 1    Swinging Cooper's Hawks 2
Cooper's Hawk 1    Cooper's Hawk 2    Cooper's Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 4    Cooper's Hawk 5a    Cooper's Hawk 5b
Cooper's Hawk 6    Cooper's Hawk 8
Cooper's Hawks 1    Cooper's Hawks 2    Cooper's Hawks 3
Cooper's Hawks 4    Cooper's Hawks 5a    Cooper's Hawks 5b



Vinnie the turkey vulture seems quite happy in his new digs:

Vinnie Wants Attention by Windthin

Vinnie on Top 1    Vinnie on Top 2

The young barred owl still begs for attention whenever one goes near him, though:

Barred Owlet 2 by Windthin Barred Owlet 3 by Windthin
Barred Owlet 1    Barred Owlet 2
Barred Owlet 1    Barred Owlet 4

And we got in a quite unusual visitor: a rooster!  Several times during the day he took to crowing.  He's in the aviary with the smaller birds, and will either be returned to his owners (if found) or kept around to eat bugs.

Proud Red Rooster by Windthin
Biggest Robin Ever    Young Robin

Almost last in the avian category, we have our usual assortment of wood ducks and mallards with the pheasant chick thrown in for good measure:

Pheasant, Wood Ducks, and Mallards
Ducks 1    Ducks 2    Ducks and Pheasant
The Pheasant 1    The Pheasant 2    The Pheasant 3

I spent a good bit of time gathering grapevine for the fawns.  There was a tree festooned with the stuff, so I pulled it down from there:

Grapevine 1 by Windthin Grapevine 1 by Windthin Grapevine 3 by Windthin

While doing so, I noticed that the trio of older goslings (their foster sibling was inside after having laser surgery on a foot) were following me about in total fascination within their pen.  I offered them some grape leaf and they loved the stuff:

Grapevine 9 by Windthin Grapevine 10 by Windthin

So I gave them a good bit more and brought the rest back for the fawns:

Grapevine 5 by Windthin Grapevine 7 by Windthin Grapevine 8 by Windthin
Grapevine 4    Grapevine 6

I also got to help feed the fawns their bottles later, and put them away for the night.  One nearly escaped while the gate was being opened, and I had to make a split-second decision to set down the bucket and food container I was carrying and grab him, but I got ahold and was able to carry him back inside.  Princess, the littlest, also got out but was far easier to coax back inside.

The Five Fawns

Spots 1 by Windthin Spots 2 by Windthin Spots 3 by Windthin

Our nine baby opossums are doing well.  I got to see them when they woke up and started to pour out of their mitten to eat, and also caught a few shots of one out on its own early.  I also got a few glimpses of the fox out and about!  Only we no longer thing it's a fox.  It's not turning red and looks suspiciously like the coyote pups, so we're assuming at this point it's probably another of them.  You can see them here yourself and compare:

Baby Opossum 1 by Windthin In Shadow 2 by Windthin
Baby Opossum
Baby Opossum 2    Baby Opossum 3
In Shadow 1    In Shadow 3
Fox? 1    Fox? 2
In Shadow 4 by Windthin Baby Opossum 4 by Windthin

Took some decent video and pictures of our squirrels, both inside and outside.  The inside one shown here is a pinkie, so tiny and young it does not even have fur yet  We have a number of them, since the squirrels are into their second litters now, as well as some older ones getting fur.

Pinkie Squirrel Being Fed
Pinkie Squirrel 1    Pinkie Squirrel 2
Squirrel Attack    A Happy Squirrel



We're down to only for raccoons inside now.  Two are already on gruel and will be outside critters in no time.  The other two have recently graduated from R1 to R2, having only opened their eyes a few weeks ago.  It's amazing to see them now:

Hungry Babies by Windthin Hungry Little Raccoon 1a by Windthin
Raccoons All Over Me
Hungry Little Raccoon 1    Hungry Little Raccoon 2
Hungry Little Raccoon 2a by Windthin Hungry Little Raccoon 3 by Windthin

I also said my good-byes to Zorro, my pal and the biggest raccoon they have this year.  In doing so, I noticed his loft was falling down so I took it upon myself to fix it.  It should easily last until fall now, when he'll be released and they can affect a more permanent solution.  Spock did not appreciate my work, though, and spent a lot of time growling and avoiding me.

Bye-Bye Zorro 1 by Windthin Bye-Bye Zorro 3 by Windthin Bye-Bye Zorro 5 by Windthin
Good-bye Zorro
Bye-Bye Zorro 2    Bye-Bye Zorro 4    Standoffish Spock 2
Standoffish Spock 1 by Windthin The Repair Job by Windthin Standoffish Spock 3 by Windthin

Here are a smattering of final raccoon pics for you, as well as the catalpa tree, no longer in bloom and now heavy with seed pods.

Who's There? by Windthin The Raccoon Pool 4 by Windthin Watching Me Watching Them 1 by Windthin

Shag Carpeting    Hanging Around    Watching Me Watching Them 2
Watching Me Watching Them 3    The Raccoon Pool 1    The Raccoon Pool 3
The Raccoon Pool 2 by Windthin

Catalpa Tree 1 by Windthin Catalpa Tree 2 by Windthin Catalpa Tree 3 by Windthin

So that's it for this year.  If you want to check out all of my raccoon journals, just keep going!

Raccoons 10: The Final Chapter (plus bonus Open House pics)
Raccoons 9: The End is Nigh!
Raccoons 8: The Fat and the Furriest
Raccoons 7: For My Mother
Raccoons 6: Triumphs and Tragedies
The Raccoon That Ate DeKalb County 5
Raccoon City 4 (Sans Zombies)
Raccoons Three: The Trilogy
Return of the Raccoons
Raccoons and Owls

  • Listening to: Avila - All Shook Up
  • Reading: The Stepsister Scheme
  • Watching: Castle
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing
  • Eating: Lemondrop Pork Loin and Rice
  • Drinking: Sassafrass Tea

Raccoons 10: The Final Chapter

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 20, 2013, 8:49 PM
So, first off, the final chapter might not BE the final chapter, just like horror movies.  I may be going back next week to do some more helping out, and I will be there on Sunday for their open house.

It was a busy day for me.  I carried a lot of bags of feed, removed a window, helped to feed the raccoons and fawns, and spent a good long while working in the enclosure where the kestrel now is.  All told, a busy day.

I also got to see the newly-arrived barred owlet.  There's a Cooper's hawk there now also, but I didn't get a look at him, as he was covered up and rather skittish, and I didn't want to stress the poor bird.

We also have nine new baby opossums, of which I got a little video.  We have a new baby squirrel too, so young it still has no fur.

Naturally, this wouldn't be a raccoon journal without some raccoon pictures, so here they are:



I got to help with feeding the fawns again.  I have some excellent pictures, including some shots of all of them, and a nice video as well:



On the bird front we got in a new duckling, and the new goose pen (which I helped to build) is finished.  We're up to five goslings with the arrival of a new little one:



The pheasant and our other ducks are also doing well, with a couple of nice videos:



We are now up to THREE red-tailed hawks in the hawk enclosure.  They seem much more confident with numbers:



I did a fair bit of work in the coop, during which time I got to see the injured great horned owl I have some great pics of from while it was outside, as well as the kestrel, which was there temporarily, and a new arrival: a young barred owl:



Later I spent much of the day working in the kestrel's new enclosure:



I also spent some time helping to break up and pack frozen bits of chicken into bags to freeze for certain of the raptors and canines.  While moving the chicken into the freezer I got to see Vinnie the turkey vulture's enclosure in the barn, where he tried to eat my camera.



Here are a handful of other pictures taken around the grounds, featuring some insects and plants:



So, we'll see if this is the last raccoon journal this year or not.  I may get some pictures Sunday, and I may be headed back to help out some more in the near future.  At the very least, I hope to sign on again next year.  Until later, folks!

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Open House Addendum


Today was their open house.  My father and daughter came down and I showed them and Rachel around. The work that's been done is amazing.  I've a few videos and pictures to show off from today.



  • Reading: Tales of the Far West
  • Watching: Joe E. Brown movies
  • Playing: World of Darkness
  • Drinking: Coffee with a Mint Chocolate Candy Cane

Raccoons 9: The End is Nigh!

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 14, 2013, 8:26 PM
Okay, maybe things aren't THAT bad, but this will be one of the last raccoon journals I write this year.  In fact, this is my next to last scheduled shift, though there is an open house next Sunday and I hope to offer my aid for any projects they have until the baby season rolls around again next year.

It was an eventful day.  I spent much of it working to build a duck shelter, got to help feed the fawns twice, got to see the youngest of our raccoons with open eyes, watched a flock of turkey vultures wheeling overhead, and learned that we have a baby barred owl I'll get to see on my last shift.  Also, I learned where some turkey vultures are nesting, and hope in the near future to get some pictures of them there.

We did lose a bunny, sadly.  We also took in two new ones, one a sibling to another that came in the day before, another injured by a weed whacker.  I also learnd that the twelve possums, pictures of which I posted last week, have been released in two groups of six, and that the young screech owl is still loose but has been sighted regularly in the area, a good sign.  Also, the homing pigeon from last week was retrieved by its owner, who came down from Milwaukee.

I discovered that the goslings for some reason won't leap out of the red wagon we have if placed in it, making transporting them to their enclosure for the night easier.  I also got to see a beautiful cedar waxwing while I was feeding some of our other birds.  And once again I didn't see our mysterious fox pup.

The flock of turkey vultures that came by was beautiful to watch, though it made me wish I had a telephoto lens to double my range.  I've been wanting one for a while, but the cheapest I can find is still nearly eighty dollars, so just not in the cards at the moment.  Here is the video and photos I did get, though:

Circling Turkey Vultures 1    Circling Turkey Vultures 2    Circling Turkey Vultures 3  
Circling Turkey Vultures 4    Circling Turkey Vultures 5    Circling Turkey Vultures 6
Wheeling Vultures 1    Wheeling Vultures 2    Wheeling Vultures 3
Wheeling Vultures 4   Wheeling Vultures 5    Wheeling Vultures 6
Wheeling Vultures 7    Wheeling Vultures 8    Wheeling Vultures 9
Wheeling Vultures 10    Wheeling Vultures 11    Wheeling Vultures 12
Wheeling Vultures 13    Wheeling Vultures 14    Wheeling Vultures 15
Wheeling Vultures 16    Wheeling Vultures 17    Wheeling Vultures 18
Wheeling Vultures 19    Wheeling Vultures 20    Wheeling Vultures 21
Wheeling Vultures 22    Wheeling Vultures 23    Wheeling Vultures 24
Wheeling Vultures 25    Wheeling Vultures 26

Got in a few rare shots and a brief video clip with one of the coyotes.  We have three batches now; the six that arrived last week I've heard growling and playing but not seen since then.

Wary Coyote Pup Video    Wary Coyote Pup 1
Wary Coyote Pup 2    Wary Coyote Pup 3

Also got in a couple of photos and a good video clip of our two red-tailed hawks:

Rescued Red-Tailed Hawks 2 Video
Red-Tailed Hawks    Red-Tailed Hawk

One of my highlights for the day was feeding the fawns. I got to help out with both the afternoon and evening feedings.  The pictures and video below came from the afternoon feeding, where I fed the oldest fawn, our miracle case who survived a car crash.  The evening feeding proved amusing for me, as I wound up getting a tongue bath; two of the older fawns finished their bottles more rapidly and wound up licking my arms while I was crouched down feeding Princess, the youngest and smallest of the five.  Princess comes from another rehabber and was spoiled  (or, dare I say, fawned over) a bit, hence the name.



Miracle Fawn (and friends) Gets Fed (Video)    Miracle Fawn
Feeding Fawns 1    Feeding Fawns 2

Also, the smallest of our raccoons has finally opened his eyes!  Our other little one opened them last week, and I believe I might have been the first to see that, while this little male just opened his this past Thursday, the day before my shift:

Littlest Raccoon Video 1    Littlest Raccoon Video 2    Littlest Raccoon Video 3
Fashionable Earring    Exploring Baby Raccoon
Loud Little Raccoon    Littlest Raccoon



Zorro and Zeta have a new bunkmate named Spock.  I found out eventually that he's so-named for a ragged, chewed-on, pointed ear and aloof attitude.  Here are some videos and pictures of them:

Zorro and Friends 1   Zorro and Friends 2
Zorro and Friends 3    Zorro and Friends 4
Interspecies Bond 1    Interspecies Bond 2
Zorro Hangs About    Spock    Lazing About
Up High 1    Up High 2    Closeup Curiosity
Dinner Time 1    Dinner Time 2
Dinner Time 3    Dinner Time 4

Here's a trio of photos of some of our other raccoons clambering about:

Ceiling Raccoons 1    Ceiling Raccoons 2    Ceiling Raccoons 3

I'm going to miss doing this when the season ends, I have to say.  It's quieter now, with so many of the raccoons outside, but there's still always lots to do, and I love doing what I can to help, whether it's shoveling gravel and wood chips, building enclosures, washing cages and dishes, doing laundry, feeding animals, or any of dozens of other chores.  It's not just working with the animals, either; it's nice out there, lots of woods and prairies and birds and beautiful land, really.

I definitely hope to go back next  year.

I leave you with a view of the crescent moon from Oaken Acres Wildlife Rescue Center and some thumbnail highlights of pictures from above


Crescent Moon at Sunset by Windthin

Littlest Raccoon by Windthin
Wheeling Turkey Vultures 3 by Windthin Wary Coyote Pup 1 by Windthin Wheeling Turkey Vultures 23 by Windthin
Red-Tailed Hawk by Windthin Fashionable Earring? by Windthin Goslings in a Red Wagon by Windthin
Miracle Fawn by Windthin Red-Tailed Hawks by Windthin Cedar Waxwing by Windthin
Interspecies Bond 1 by Windthin


  • Listening to: Kirby Krackle
  • Reading: Rex Stout's "The Red Box"
  • Watching: Beware the Batman

Raccoons 8: The Fat and the Furriest

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 9, 2013, 3:10 AM
I won't be doing many more of these raccoon journals this year; the volunteer season ends soon.  I hope to return next year, though, and I may be doing some volunteer work at the local animal shelter.

As usual, there's good news and bad.  The tiny birds I mentioned last week sadly passed away, as did both of the lone possums.  Also, the young screech owl escaped, but has been in the area hunting, and there's a trap set in the hopes of re-capturing it.

There's a lot less to do now; most of the raccoons are outside in enclosures now, and only a handful need feeding any longer.  I still do have plenty of picures, though, and some video as well:

Raccoons Socializing 1    Raccoons Socializing 2
Like Water for Raccoons 1    Like Water for Raccoons 2
Curiosity of Coons 1    Curiosity of Coons 2    Curiosity of Coons 3
Curiosity of Coons 4    Curiosity of Coons 5    Curiosity of Coons 6
Curiosity of Coons 7    Curiosity of Coons 8    Curiosity of Coons 8a
Curiosity of Coons 9    Curiosity of Coons 10    Curiosity of Coons 11
Curiosity of Coons 12    Curiosity of Coons 13    Curiosity of Coons 14
Curiosity of Coons 15    Curiosity of Coons 16    Curiosity of Coons 17
Curiosity of Coons 18    Curiosity of Coons 19    Curiosity of Coons 20
Curiosity of Coons 21    Curiosity of Coons 22    Curiosity of Coons 23
Curiosity of Coons 24    Curiosity of Coons 25
Raccoon Layer Cake    If Snoopy Was a Raccoon
New Toy! 1    New Toy! 2    New Toy! 3

Zorro is still my pal.  I've dubbed his girlfriend Zeta:

El Zorro 1    El Zorro 2    El Zorro 3
El Zorro 3a    El Zorro 4    El Zorro 5
El Zorro 6    El Zorro 7    El Zorro 8
El Zorro 9    Zorro and Zeta 1    Zorro and Zeta 2

We have a fifth fawn now.  It's pretty tiny, so isn't in with the others yet:

The Fifth Fawn 1    The Fifth Fawn 2    The Fifth Fawn 3
The Fifth Fawn 4    The Fifth Fawn 5    The Fifth Fawn 6
The Fifth Fawn 7    The Fifth Fawn 8

The other four are doing well themselves, all gathered now in the big meadow enclosure:

Hungry Fawns
Resting Fawns 1    Resting Fawns 2    Resting Fawn Closeup
Fawn's Eye Closeup Avatar 1    Fawn's Eye Closeup Avatar 2
Curious Fawn    Curious Fawn Closeup
Curious Fawns 1    Curious Fawns 2
Miracle Fawn and Friend 1    Miracle Fawn and Friend 2    Miracle Fawn and Friend 3
Miracle Fawn and Friend 4    Hiding Fawn

I also got lucky and got some good pictures of some of the litter of twelve possums we have:

Sleeping Possum
Sleepy Possom 1    Sleepy Possom 2    Sleepy Possom 3
Sleepy Possom 4    Sleepy Possom 5    Sleepy Possom 6
Waking Possum 1    Waking Possum 2
Waking Possum 3    Waking Possum 4
Sleeping Possums 1    Sleeping Possums 2    Sleeping Possums 3

A brief glimpse of our coyotes.  We got another batch of six in that day, but this is from one of our two current groups:

Peeking Coyote Pup Video    Peeking Coyote Pup


We also picked up an interesting visitor: a homing pigeon from Milwaukee.  It's easily two to three times the size of the rock doves it is descended from, and we're hoping the bands on its legs can help us return it to its owner.  Also below is a bit of video of the aviary room, which is less populated than it's been since I started, with most of the birds either in the outdoor aviary, released, or, sadly, passed away:

Aviary Room    Homing Pigeon

I have no pictures of the wood ducks or pheasant this time, but plenty of our gosling quartet and many mallards:

Four Goslings Video
Four Goslings 1    Four Goslings 2    Four Goslings 3
Two Out of Four Goslings 1    Two Out of Four Goslings 2    Two Out of Four Goslings 3
Young Ducks
Young Mallards 1    Young Mallard    Young Mallards 2

We now have two red-tailed hawks.  I believe the fluffier one is the newer one:

Rescued Red-Tailed Hawks
Red-Tailed Hawk 1    Red-Tailed Hawk 2    Red-Tailed Hawk 3
Red-Tailed Hawk 4    Red-Tailed Hawk 5
Red-Tailed Hawks 1    Red-Tailed Hawks 2
Red-Tailed Hawks 3    Red-Tailed Hawks 4


I found yet another mother spider and her egg case. Also spotted a few centipedes, though they were too quick for me, and a small millipede:

Mama Spider 1    Mama Spider 2
Mama Spider 3    Mama Spider 4
Little Red Millipede 1    Little Red Millipede 2

Some last pictures of flora.  There's a wide variety of plants, including grape vines, blackberry patches, and a walnut tree.

Blackberry Starscape
Blackberry Cluster 1    Blackberry Cluster 2    Blackberry Cluster 3
Blackberry Cluster 4    Blackberry Cluster 5    Walnut Fruit

That's all the pictures I have this week.  The losses can be hard, but the success stories outnumber them, and getting to work with these animals really is a special treat, even the ones I only get a glimpse of.  The fox pup, for instance, I jokingly call "no fox," since I've never seen it in its current enclosure, only when it was still in a carrier being nursed back to health.  Until next week, all!


The Curiosity of 'Coons 8a by Windthin
If Snoopy Was a Raccoon by Windthin The Fifth Fawn 1 by Windthin El Zorro 1 by Windthin
The Curiosity of 'Coons 11 by Windthin The Curiosity of 'Coons 18 by Windthin The Curiosity of 'Coons 22 by Windthin
El Zorro 2 by Windthin El Zorro 3a by Windthin El Zorro 9 by Windthin
Blackberry Cluster 3 by Windthin Like Water for Raccoons 1 by Windthin Blackberry Cluster 2 by Windthin
Sleepy Possom 1 by Windthin The Curiosity of 'Coons 6 by Windthin Sleepy Possom 5 by Windthin
Waking Possum 2 by Windthin Homing Pigeon by Windthin Sleeping Possums 3 by Windthin
Young Mallard by Windthin Two Out of Four Goslings 3 by Windthin Young Mallards 2 by Windthin
The Fifth Fawn 4 by Windthin Miracle Fawn and Friend 1 by Windthin The Fifth Fawn 6 by Windthin
Resting Fawn Closeup by Windthin Red-Tailed Hawks 4 by Windthin Curious Fawn Closeup by Windthin
Red-Tailed Hawks 3 by Windthin Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Mama Spider 1 by Windthin


  • Listening to: Abney Park
  • Reading: Babylon 5 - Third Space
  • Watching: Sinbad
  • Playing: World of Darkness
  • Eating: Popsicle

Raccoons 7: For My Mother

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 30, 2013, 2:34 PM
I wasn't certain if there'd be a raccoon journal this week, at least not initially.  I didn't sign up for any shifts ahead of time, because I wasn't certain what state of mind I'd be in.

A year ago my mother passed away.  She died on the 22nd.  She would have been 60 on the 28th.  This past Friday she would have been 61.

In the end, though, I decided that I could best honor my mother by going in and helping out.  She was a nurse, working in nursing homes and later doing hospice care, and she took in strays and rescue animals others would have given up on.  I got a lot of my compassion and empathy for others from her.

In a way, my mother's been donating to Oaken Acres also.  I brought them a few sets of forceps I inherited from her, and some tweezers as well, useful for a variety of tasks such as removing ticks from raccoons and feeding fledlings mealworms and other bits of food.

Which brings me to one of the things you can do to help places like Oaken Acres: donate.  Find out what they need.  Sometimes that's animal carriers, towels, blankets, small stuffed animals... money, of course.  Equipment.  I brought them a good, quality knife that we weren't at all using, for chopping up food.  I got some stuffed animals for the raccoons to cuddle with from a thrift store, ten cents a piece.  If you can't volunteer, you can always donate.

Another thing you can do is keep your eyes open for trouble.  Keep a watch out for injured and orphaned animals.  In some cases, it can be difficult to identify the latter, since some animals will leave their young for extended periods of time, and some animals go out on their own pretty young.  You'll see baby rabbits roaming about, and fawns left to wait for their grazing mothers.  It's a delicate line, knowing when to watch and when to act.  If in doubt, call.  Ask for advice.  Often you'll be told to return them to a certain place or just keep a watch for a time, but you never know.  And if you do call, try to note as much about the animals as possible, particularly their condition: any obvious injuries or illnesses or weakness, so on.

It was a busy day again.  Most of the raccoons are either outside or on gruel now, so we had few to feed.  We did have vaccinations to do, and moved a bunch of them into one of the big enclosures together, and others outside.  We still have a lot of baby birds to look after, including a couple so tiny they weren't even as big as my pinkie finger and had to be fed a single drop every fifteen minutes.  We do not yet know what species they are.



The fawns have been moved into a larger enclosure, one protected from predators by an electric fence.  I did some weeding around the fence to help protect it, and ran into these ants while doing so.  All four are out there now, including the one that survived the car accident.  Its recovery has been nothing short of miraculous.  Here are more pictures of them, as well as a brief video of them racing about:

Racing Fawns Video
Fond of Fawns 1
Fond of Fawns 2
Fond of Fawns 4
Fond of Fawns 5
Fond of Fawns 6

Both batches of coyotes are outside now also.  We rescues a wren from one of their enclosures, where it had somehow gotten inside and trapped.  I heard it flying against the mesh over and over, and we finally had to use a net to get it out.  Here's a pair of brief videos from that enclosure, of one of them watching me: Pacing Coyote Pup 1 and Pacing Coyote Pup 2.

The kestrel is outside now.  We had a rainstorm, and it didn't come in from the rain.  It has a fair bit of fluff and is still more bluish than not right now.  Most of my pics came from right after the rain storm:

Kestrel in a Rain Storm 1
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 2
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 3
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 4
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 5
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 6
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 7
Kestrel in a Rain Storm 7a
Fuzzy Young Kestrel Avatar
What's In the Box? 1
What's in the Box? 2

What's in the box is two wood ducks and our pheasant chick.  We'll need to cover them from now on, as the kestrel kept making eyes at them and trying to get at them.  Dude, the pheasant chick, is really getting big.  After I brought him inside for the night, I noticed he leapt into one of the dry food bowls and scratched about, searching.  On a hunch I got him some mealworms, and he went right after them the moment they were back in the carrier.

I also discovered that geese have talons!  While carrying one of the goslings in for the night, it flailed a bit and kicked me before I grabbed its legs, giving me some very long scratches across my right bicep.  Who knew their nails were so sharp?

Zorro and his girl friend are doing fine, and I saw them playing all over the enclosure at one point, chasing each other and wrestling.  I also spotted one of the older possums out, from the batch of twelve:

One in Twelve 1
One in Twelve 2
One in Twelve 3
One in Twelve 4
One in Twelve 5
One in Twelve 6
One in Twelve 7

It's rare to see them out during the day.  I've a few more good pictures of Frosty, the snowy owl, also:

Frosty 5
Frosty 6
Frosty 7
Frosty 8
Crystal Ball Owl

The grounds are beautiful, with a lot of prairie and forests and paths back behind.  You never know what you might see.  I understand there's a red-breasted woodpecker around, and I often see jays, cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, and more.  We even found a snake that a raccoon had probably killed, and likely intended to come back for.

I also rescued a mother spider from the wood chip pile:

Mama Spider 1
Mama Spider 2
Mama Spider 3
Mama Spider 4
Mama Spider 5
Mama Spider 6

Last picture for the day, a pair of flies mating, because life goes on at all levels.

I'll only be at Oaken Acres for another few weeks; volunteer work ends around mid-July, when the baby season gets lesson busy.  I find I envy the interns and staff, who will be with them until fall rolls around, and intend to offer any aid I might if they need anything afterwards.

I like to think my mother is smiling on my work.  Until next week.

Frosty 5 by Windthin Kestrel in a Rain Storm 7a by Windthin What's In the Box? 1 by Windthin
Fond of Fawns 3 by Windthin One in Twelve 1 by Windthin Fond of Fawns 4 by Windthin
Dude by Windthin Making New Friends by Windthin Mama Spider 6 by Windthin


  • Listening to: Star One
  • Reading: Runner, by Thomas Perry
  • Watching: Dexter
  • Playing: World of Darkness
  • Eating: Criminara Bacon Sweet Onion Chicken Mango Pizza

Raccoons 6: Triumphs and Tragedies

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 22, 2013, 3:05 AM
This week was filled with victories and losses.  I was also extremely busy, so have far fewer photos than in the previous three.

On the triumphs side, the wild turkey has been released.  The pheasant chick is doing well, though we're still uncertain precisely which species he is.  He's been christened 'Dude' after the towel he was brought in.

The fox pup I understand is improving in health, and we have two more fawns, though one is getting over an injury.

We also have a red-tailed hawk now.  He's in the enclosure the turkey was in most recently, and the great horned owlet before.  He seems to be doing quite well.

The tiny baby raccoon we got in last week still hasn't opened its eyes, but is doing pretty well.  This week we got in a baby possum, stiff and cold as ice, but we got him warmed up and he appears to be in perfect health, so he's been introduced to a second lone possum we had.

I also had a curious encounter on the way TO Oaken Acres.  Pulling out of our apartment's lot, we found three tiny blurs on stilts being escorted across the road by their parents: killdeers!  They scattered wildly, each a different direction along the roads of a T intersection.  I hopped out and went after them, and was able to gather them up, even saving one from a kestrel hovering nearby.  It wouldn't have been bad if there hadn't been quite a bit of traffic around; the parents were panicked, the chicks were panicked and running wildly, and they were SO tiny and easy to miss.  We called Oaken Acres then for what to do; in my own panic I'd forgotten that killdeers nest on the ground, so THAT wasn't a problem.  Finding their nest to return them to it was impossible, so we carried them out and placed them together in an open area where there was some brush, after making certain the parents spotted us and the chicks.  Killdeer instinctively try to lead predators away from their young using themselves as bait; they'd tried this with our car, which didn't work well, of course, and tried it again with us, which we allowed, following them off then watching as they doubled back to collect their wayward young.  It proved a good thing, too; not ten to fifteen minutes later a storm hit with a real heavy downpour.  Had we not reunited them, there's a strong chance one or more would have been lost in it.  I can tell you, though, these little guys are FAST.

That storm was still raging when I arrived, and we even had tornado sirens!  I spent much more of the day inside, and helped to feed the birds by hand and do a lot of indoor work, but was able to get out to put down new wood chips and do other chores.

Before I get to other discoveries and pictures, though... the tragedies.

Working with young and injured animals in a rescue situation inevitably means some losses.  We lost a young squirrel that had been raised from a pinkie by a colleague there: pneumonia.  He'd been there since I started volunteering, too.  A rabbit had come in the previous night and died of its injuries, but at least it was made comfortable before it went.  That's very important I feel; even if an animal looks like it might not make it, it can be made comfortable and less afraid for its passing, and some will surprise you, like that fawn with the head wound which is striving to survive.  It's important to forge ahead, aware you cannot save them all but you can give it your very best.

A great horned owl came in dead, though.  It passed away on the ride in, sadly.  And, most appalling, a red-tailed hawk we received calls about was RUN OVER by a police officer.  Details are still fuzzy, but it seems they did it because they couldn't handle it, and if so, that will certainly be reported, as it's both horrific and illegal.  The hawk was an hour away and we had a lot on our plate, so we couldn't send somebody out to get it (we usually can't to begin with), but that's just no excuse to treat it so!  It's believed it was injured in the storm.

I did get my first real look at the female snowy owl, Frosty, found last November.  Here are two videos and a few pictures, not my best work, but then I was using my small camera, as we were busy with vaccinations, cleaning, and intake of a number of animals (a rabbit, a grackle, and a couple of wood ducks also came in):



Frosty Video 1
Frosty Video 2
Frosty 1
Frosty 2
Frosty 3
Frosty 4

I also finally got a picture of one of the property-owner, Kathy's, dogs.  It has one blue eye and one brown and I've wanted to get a picture of this, but the dog never holds still: Blue and Brown.

We had a bit of excitement with a trio of raccoons, too, during the vaccinations.  One of the three escaped, climbing out of a carrier that had been upended to keep it in.  We were worried it had gotten outside, but it turns out it had gone to hide in a pile of blankets, and I spotted it roaming behind the containers later while I was sitting watching the container we'd placed outside with his siblings in the hopes of luring him out; only my sitting down there on the floor allowed me to spot him sneaking around!

Here are a few other fun videos and pictures I took of the raccoons this week.  I have two videos that are more for listening; I like showing how they sound: Chitter Chitter Chur and Chitter Chitter Chur 2.  Also have a nice video and less nice picture of a group of our older raccoons eating outside (old enough not to be hand-fed, but not live outside): DINNER and Gruel Babies Video.  Lastly, I caught one in a precarious position: he had managed to get himself onto the roof of his enclosure... upside down... and couldn't figure out how to get down!  It reminds me heavily of one of our budgies (Dandy, who passed away lasy December), who used to do this: Vampire Budgie!  We rescued our poor stuck friend after I got this video: Topsy-Turvy Raccoon.

Anyhow, hopefully next week will bring many more good stories, but I feel it's important to tell the bad ones as well, for the sake of the animals we look after.

Red-Tailed Hawk 2 by Windthin New Friends 2 by Windthin Red-Tailed Hawk 1 by Windthin
Baby Killdeer Rescue 2 by Windthin Four Fawns by Windthin