the pelt of a spotted griffin can vary in color
The spotted pocket griffin, native to Galveston island was hunted to near extinction, due to the popularity of using it's pelt and flight feathers for additions to women’s fascinators and other fashion pieces worn out on social calls.
No bigger then a house cat, it's features share the classic features of it's large kin. The marking of this species can vary from a muted tawny on cream as on the griffin pictured, to dark rich spots on maze colored fur. They are also noted to have a bob tail which is common for the wild cats of the region.
Their beaks like most hook bill fowl darkens as it ages from a rich gold to black as it reaches adulthood, which is the only way to actually tell a spotted griffin's age as they reach their full size within weeks, but remain dependent of it's parents for nourishment for almost two years. It is not until the brood pair are ready to mate again do they kick their young out of the nest to fend for themselves. Even then the offspring might not leave the area or even the tree of their birth. This often causes there to be colonies of interrelated griffins.
It is a rare day when the image of a live brownie can be captured. They are in fact very camera shy.
However I was able to convince my house brownie to sit still long enough to capture this glimpse of him for my journal and musings.
I do plan to acquire several more of his species to
There has been a great deal of debate as of late between Dr. Steam and myself involving this creature that was discovered recently.
The Briar wolf as we have dubbed it until further study of its ecological nitch, tends to live the the shrubs and other ground cover that lines parks, gardens and other areas that have young children at play.
Like a domesticated canine this creature seeks out children to lure to play with it. Often making them late for diner and insuring that they return home in need of a bath.
Dr. Steam feels this is a "noble" creature and has taken to humanizing its social traits. While I find it is like any other Fae we have come upon and should be studied and preserved. It does not seem at this time to be a threat to the children it is attracted too and might prove useful if domesticated to serve in a nursery setting perhaps to fend off goblins that might try to brain a child in
I am very pleased to announce I and Doctor Steam will be in attendance at Tesla Con This fall. Indeed it will be a lovely event and I look forward to see those in attendan
To the left is an example of a naturally mummified fae that was caught in a non-live capture device.
It was purchased for a private collection recently.
Over the last few days I have been busy with working on a 2nd ed. of the field guide I wrote and had help editing from my lovely, brilliant and humoring friend Peter Smalley. Years ago I explored printing options and went with blurb. I went with this publishing house because of the paper and print quality I needed for full color spreads and also because at the time I feared my Adobe products. As did my electronic media foray, As it is old and enjoys powering down due to not being able to handle the awesome that it is processing. Blurb had book layout software, which also crashed my system.
Now that is no fault of blurb. It is a beautiful product maker. It also allows for hardbound books, which is a love of mine. The downside though of blurb is unless someone is looking for your book, knows about it and goes to their ordering site, no one will ever be able to read it. Which is sad, because there is so many beautiful books within their electronic halls.
Blurb is also costly to the consumer because of the nature of the beast, and did not offer e-books. So I and my elder-god box , began working on a 2nd ed of my book to be published on Amazon's print on demand (most likely unless someone has a better place to use or an extra isbn they would like to give me as a belated birthday present) The use of Amazon also means the 2nd ed can be purchased for reading on kindles.
With this in mind, I have begun working on a more artistic and black and white friendlier color book. It will have new and old images, some new species I left out of the old book due to time and emotional exhaustion from my elder box eating the 1st visual copy of the field guide and having to rebuild it from nothing. (her endless hunger for knowledge put my publishing back a year)
Now, the most exciting part for me (at least) is this morning I received an electronic letter from blurb with them announcing their partnering with the Apple store to release their books as ebooks for Ipad. While I am not sure how I feel about the Ipad over all; I do love the over whelming and gentle dictatorship of our beloved God-empire googlestin the 3rd, I am more excited that this means the 1st version of the field guide will be offered (to a limited crowd) in an e-format designed for full color viewing only.
So within the next few weeks to months the 2nd ed should be finished, as well as the 1st ed being offered as well electronically. As always, I wish to thank my fellow preservationists for their support of my works and my pursuit of science in these exciting times.
Yours Sincerely ,
This was more a see if I can, then see if I should piece of taxidermy. While I do not label myself and artist, I would place this under one of my more artistic and wearable pieces. I will not bore you with the stripping processes I have been working on, I will insure that even with something such as this, Science was being performed and studied. The end result is a lovely pin that would be a pleasure for any law man or woman to don.
Often times I have bits and pieces of this and that laying about the desk. Sometimes I have to deflight a breeding pair of Faeries to prevent over population of their viewing chamber, or a rare failing in a preservation happens where through distraction or miscalculation I have ruined the mass of the form.
In attempts to use all of or as much of the subject as possible, after all waste; not want not; I store what I can for later use and experiments.
These lovely and frivolous bits are part of my experiment with a new preservation compound. To make otherwise delicate and fragile parts of the Faerie muscular skeletal system of their wings more solid and able to withstand time and being handled in a daily sense.
Such far I am pleased with this prototype, as they retain their shape and beauty, as well as remain light weight. I added some spare parts to the wing petals to give them weight and make sure they did not flutter about while being worn.