I was having a conversation recently with an artist and, somehow, the topic swung to superstitions and charms. Maybe it was something to do with it being around Hallowe’en?
I said that I love bones, particularly skulls and that I can easily see why so much mystery and magic has built up around ossified relics.
I suppose I expected my friend to carry this conversation further, but he “blew my socks off” with his response: “Yeuww! Stop it! I HATE skulls!”
Of course, I couldn’t “stop it,” could I! “But you must have had to draw stuff in anatomy class? And how can you do those amazing birds if you don’t know what’s under the feathers?”
“That’s different. It’s work.”
Total incomprehension from Yours Truly. Probably a good thing my friend never saw the odd collections of bones n bits that frequently adorned the mantel of our other house! (I should mention that one of The Man’s hobbies was taxidermy when he had time for hobbies.)
This is a wolf spider, but looks, to me, as if it could be known as a skull spider!
Before I leave the cranial connection, here’s a link to a great site (some of you have been here before) that’s well worth the visit.
I was pottering in the garden the other day and walked smack! into a web. The camera was not far away so I tried for a picture. I failed! But I think this is one of the “jewel spiders.” Austracantha minax.
I was wandering about on “that other web” for some details for an article I’m writing and my eye was caught by this gem:
“…giraffe poo is the same size as sheep poo…” If I am ever asked to play Trivial Pursuit I’ll be a cinch!
Harking back to bones…I see the Tutankhamun mummy has been put on display. Once, the most important man in his world, now a shrivelled, leathery scrap, ogled by tourists. Seems a little sad…
That article I am writing? If I stay on the blog it will be the article I am NOT writing!