Sunday, November 25, 2012

Slight Technical Difficulties with Close-ups of Tiny Taxidermy Pieces ...

The insomniac  would like to apologize for the tardiness of this week's post - apparently, Macro Mode on the new camera does not work the same as Macro Mode on the old camera. And since this week's subject consists of very small pieces of taxidermy, it's not particularly effective when the photos are so blurry it's hard to make out what they actually are ...

Worse than usual photo.

You're intrigued now though,
aren't you?

Hopefully, with rather large coffee cup and camera instruction booklet in hand, the proper way to take a decent close-up photo will be revealed by day's end. At which time a proper post will be published. Hopefully.

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... many hours later. This was how it was supposed to start: 

The cleaning of the Gothic Mansion in preparation for holiday company has begun. There's nothing like the possible embarrassment of having one's guests discover cobwebs in the corners to provide the necessary incentive for a proper cleaning job. Everything in the Mansion, including things stored under glass domes, are given a good going over. And as the last three items in this particular collection have been sitting on the plant stand waiting to be added to their special dome for well over a year now, one felt that along with a good dusting of the dome, this might be an excellent time not only to hang the remaining items but to take a few pictures while they're out. Because if you think the insomniac's  close-ups stink, you should see her attempts to take a photo of anything behind glass.

This particular collection is, of course, the insomniac's favourite, and has been in the works for around four or five years now. Because nothing is glued in place inside the dome, it is quite difficult to incorporate new items and totally justifies one's procrastination in adding those final three pieces. As soon as the glass dome is removed, tree branches, moss, bird's eggs and all the hanging taxidermy pieces have a tendency to project themselves clear across the room. The majority of the collection was purchased in Germany, and one believes they are worn on a chain across the front of lederhosen and has heard them referred to as Black Forest Hunting Relics. 

Paw

Bird Head

Back of Bird Head

Teeth

Nice Teeth!

Crow Claw

Bird Beak

More Teeth

Antler

Even More Teeth

Another Crow Claw

Little Hoof

Claws

Hinged  Jaw with Teeth on Bottom Left
It opens and closes!


Permanent Display with
badger skull, horn handled knife,
spider & web, owl ornament, pipe.

Because the branches are close to full, the insomniac  has declared this particular collection complete. Unless another fantastic hinged-jaw piece or a larger glass dome becomes available, in which case there's probably room for just a few more.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


PostScript: During proofreading, the spouse mentioned the pictures were very difficult to see, especially with all the tree branches, moss and bird's eggs in the way. Should you agree with him, you can always click the pictures once, and then once more, to get a better look.

16 comments:

  1. I can fully understand not being on schedule with blog posts. For a while, I was attempting to get them out every Sunday--or Monday at the latest. Since I have so much trouble coming up with topics to write about, I have come to realize that I have trouble meeting my own deadlines. Now, I just try to come up with a new post in a timely way; whatever that means.

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    1. Self-imposed pressure is the worst, isn't it? Your idea of posting in a timely manner (whatever that might mean) is much more sensible!! Because yes, eventually one will run out of ideas, semi-interesting or otherwise ... ;o)

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  2. What an interesting collection! I've never seen anything like that before. I think you show the collection in a very nice way with the mossy twigs under the glass dome.
    I haven't thought about christmas yet. But realized that first december is this week. Does it count as a christmas decoration if I change the top hat to a Santa hat for mr Bones? Hm...and removing the boo sign?

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    1. Thanks, linnea-maria! Although one often declares that many things are her “absolute favourite”, this collection actually is. The mossy twigs are almost an art piece all by themselves, aren't they?

      The only preparation towards Christmas so far is a bit of cleaning and a little baking. One hasn't even begun to think about the decorating yet! A Santa Hat and new sign for Mr. Bones absolutely counts - you dress up Mr. Bones and the insomniac  will dress up the House Gargoyle. Poof - we're done! :D

      P.S. BD card and letter in the mail yesterday - hope it gets there in time!

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  3. It would seem that your cup of coffee really did the trick for you as the photos are very clear and easily increased in size for a better view. Your taxidermy displays only serve to increase the mystique of the atmosphere you have created in your home. In a way, I envy your holiday company, for visiting the Gothic Mansion must truly be an experience worth savoring.

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    1. A lot of coffee is definitely required when reading any type of instruction manual, Nightwind!

      Quite frankly, one is pretty sure the guests find the insomniac's  tastes to be somewhat bizarre - and that would be putting it nicely ... ;o)

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  4. Wow, I love it :O It's weird and spooky (ref to the animal-body-parts), but still it's beautiful! I wanna make one myself. Do you have pictures of the inside of your house (and outside :D)? The little I've seen in the background of your pictures makes me wanna see the whole place *drools* :) I imagine a castle!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra - and thank you for commenting! You should make one - sometimes you can find them on eBay Germany and occasionally for a very good price!

      There are a few pictures of the outside of the house in the post entitled “Century Homes Calgary and the Gothic Mansion's 102nd Birthday”. Not a castle nor a Gothic Mansion; merely an old farmhouse. Sorry to disappoint! There have been a few requests to see the inside of the house, though - one of these days one will attempt to get some decent photos! :D

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  5. My husband was wondering what kind of paw was that? This might sound weird put the paw is almost kinda of sweet looking if you pretend he died of natural causes and somebody didn't just rip his paw off for jewelry.

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    1. The little muskrat who gave up his paw for this relic probably didn't die of natural causes, Rhonda. More than likely he was trapped sometime in the 19th century and his various parts made into charms and worn by that hunter for future good hunting luck. But he has a loving home now (that probably doesn't make you feel any better, though!)

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  6. Oh wow, your pieces are amazing! I especially like the crow claws.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Misantropia! The crow claws would make a lovely necklace, wouldn't they? ;o)

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  7. stunning presentation,beautiful pieces,
    my son has been collecting found bones and dead insects from a very early age and displaying them in shadow boxes, I'llhave to show him your domed wonders

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    1. Oh thank you, Tess - that's so kind of you! How fun that your son has acquired the “collecting bug” early in life. One hopes that he'll derive much happiness from it in future. :o)

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