The tumblr of Shadyufo. Here you will find dead stuff, art, and dead stuff AS art! As well as a dash of my pets and any wildlife I encounter.

 

Came across this bittersweet sight yesterday.

There are a bunch of small caves and cliffs around my creek and I usually check them out when I’m down there because I’ve found tons of bones in and around them in the past.

When I first saw this guy I thought he was alive and just hunkered down in the leaves but it soon became apparent that he had just found a nice quiet place to peacefully slip away some time ago. It was a sad sight but in a way it was actually sort of nice to see one that apparently died of natural causes unlike so many I’ve seen in the past that were killed by vehicles, tractors, lawnmowers, or cruel people with bb guns.

This is another one of those finds that stayed where I found it. Not only are Eastern Box Turtles considered vulnerable by the IUCN* but this fellow just had a really peaceful vibe about him so I didn’t want to move him from his secluded little spot.

Eastern Box Turtles can live between 30-60 years with legends of some individuals living to be well over a hundred years old. I hope this fellow had a good, long life.

*I believe that here in TN at least it’s illegal to possess eastern box turtle parts but I’m waiting to hear back from a TWRA official on that.

Played around for an hour or so at my creek yesterday. I loaded up on fossils for the shop and found a few neat little bone scraps too. Deer rib, coyote/dog scapula, and super weathered coyote/dog pelvis half.

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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I played around down at the creek for a while today. One of the main gravel bars where I do most of my fossil hunting washed away! There are still loads of other spots down there though.