Sunday, October 4, 2015

Death in Nature, Squirrel and Mole

Please look away if you can't stand the site of death. I debated whether to post these images but reality in nature is both life and death and I learn so much by observation. Natural occurrences evoke emotions in me, curiosity and questions, especially for death. I wondered why a baby squirrel, his body about eight inches long, would be born so late in the season. I read squirrels have two litters a year one later in the summer. Since this squirrel has fur he wasn't a new born. He must have fallen from the nest and washed down the hill. I don't think Barney got him because he didn't have a mark on him. Later Gary brought him to a better resting place.

A day or two later I was picking what I thought might be the last of the tomatoes and noticed this mole, his body about six inches long, lying on top of the ground. The mole was a great curiosity to me because of his silver fur. I couldn't find any references for moles that color in this country. They are supposed to have brown fur. His plump body is not bloated, that's a normal body shape for this animal. Moles spend almost all of their lives underground and can dig a tunnel 13 feet long in an hour. Moles eat earthworms and insect larvae but not plants. They can paralyze a worm with a toxin and save the worm to eat later. I suspect all the rain caused this guy to come up to the surface due to a flooded den. I returned the next day to show Gary and the mole was gone. We don't know if he was playing dead or if a buzzard found him. I like to think he made it back to his home. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Reading List

With all the rain we're having and thoughts of the approaching winter, perhaps you thought about doing some reading. I know I did. I splurged on Robin Hopper's book, Functional Pottery, recommended by a facebook friend. I turned a few pages and decided I need to devote some serious time to this one.

Leaving the post office with my new book, I decided to visit a local thrift store. For just over a dollar I picked up this book, 500 Great Books by Women. Now I can refer to this book when I'm at the library.

Be sure to check out Pottery Making Info, Clay Blog Review, for September. Thanks Brandon for such a comprehensive list of blogs for this past month and for including my blog in your review.

Today may be a wash out at the farmer's market since we're expecting a deluge of rain, but we'll be there anyway. Thankfully the market is covered so it will be easier to keep dry. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Glaze Bloopers

With a painting if you don't like it you can paint over it. With pottery glaze bloopers that's not always possible. This glaze experiment didn't turn out like I wanted. The two glazes didn't react as I thought. But I will put him for sale and it will probably surprise me and be the first item that sells. That happens to me a lot. How about you?

Overlapping glazes on a flat plate without much hope for movement might not be the best idea especially with a pattern on the plate. Now if I had brushed the whole plate with the second glaze it would have been ok, but I learn something each time. Not every glaze experiment is a winner.

This plate has a piece of what I think is from the pyrometer - that little raised black speck. Do you think I can grind it off with my diamond bit dremmel? Luckily I have one more of these from a previous firing so I can make a set of four.

Looks like Saturday's market is going to be a rainout but we'll go anyway because we may get lucky with less rain than predicted. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sow Thistle

 Sow thistle on the hillside

white puffs lighten the day

by the by, all the wisps drift away.

White rabbit to you all today. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.