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Some cool goodies I picked up at an antique store in Franklin, KY recently. An old school pencil box for a Mr. George M. Badger, Age 12, from 1912, a neat wood box with brass inlays, old jewelry case, and the coolest things: conjoined Moqui Marbles and a Sea Heart seed pod.

The very bust-esque moqui marbles and the sea heart were in a giant box of rocks and sea shells and costume jewelry. Most of it was pea gravel or random beat up cowrie shells but I couldn’t pass up on those two gems for a quarter a piece. I didn’t even know what the sea heart was at the time but finally figured out after some googling.

Moqui Marbles are iron oxide concretions found in Navajo Sandstone in Utah. Hopi Native American legends said that they were left behind by deceased relatives to let their descents know they were happy in the afterlife. “Moqui” is Hopi for “the dead.”

Sea Hearts (Entada gigas) come from a plant also known as the monkey-ladder which is a member of the pea family. It’s native to Central America, South America, and Africa and has seed pods which can grow to be over six feet long! Each pod has ten to fifteen of these flat, heart-shaped seeds in them.

So yeah, just some random cool curiosities.

Here’s the tom turkey I found! The pictures have captions if you want to click through and read them.

This was my first time skinning a bird. If you looked at the skin I’m sure you would be able to tell, haha. I’d thought about cutting his tail off and keeping it fanned out but he’s missing a couple big tail feathers so I just kept the tail folded with the rest of his skin. It and his defleshed wings are sitting in salt and borax right now.

I’ll probably put the head in with the beetles and macerate the rest since my dermestid colony isn’t big enough to handle something that size just yet.

Found these poor dudes drowned in a bucket of rainwater. 

Into my maceration bucket of random rodent pieces and parts they go.

Found these poor dudes drowned in a bucket of rainwater.

Into my maceration bucket of random rodent pieces and parts they go.

Cleaning some creek goodies.

I love that giant brass sifter. My dad saved it from the trash pile at his job a while back and it’s super handy.

31 Days of Vulture Culture - Day Twelve

12) Favorite place to find bones?

Folks ask me all the time where I find dead stuff and my answer is usually ‘here, there, and everywhere.’ I find bones in woods, pastures, ravines, and creeks all the time. I’m always haunting local lonely country roads on the look-out for roadkill to drag home and clean. I also frequent loads of antique stores and flea markets on the hunt for macabre treasures. Friends and family are always saving stuff for me too. And of course I buy a ton of stuff online from other folks that find it or hunters and taxidermists that often times would be throwing them away other wise.

But my very most favorite spot to look for bones is in the creek that runs through my property. I’ve lived here for about nine years now and I’ve found a ton of amazing things in that creek. It’s a large creek, running through many acres of livestock pastures and woods and it floods frequently so new things are always washing in.

Here are a few pictures of my creek and just a small sample of the goodies I’ve found in it!

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Creeking Around.

Playing with some owl pellets and fox/coyote poop I found at the creek yesterday. The owl had two vole skulls and a shrew skull along with loads of misc. bones and the fox/coyote had a bunch of rabbit claws and toe bones along with some other scraps. I’ll take some more pics of them when I get them cleaned up. Fun finds!

Check out this poor road pancake I picked up today! It’s a mink! First one I’ve ever seen hit around here.

Check out this poor road pancake I picked up today! It’s a mink! First one I’ve ever seen hit around here.

Gorgeous fossilized snail I found in my aunt’s creek this weekend.

Gorgeous fossilized snail I found in my aunt’s creek this weekend.

Cleaning up some of my goodies from the last creek trek.

Cleaning up some of my goodies from the last creek trek.