eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - Autumn)
That I would create a saw-whet owl pendant, that is. Because I've looked and looked, but couldn't really find one that I liked that captured the cuteness of their little faces. I am not saying that this does it perfectly either (it may be a mistake to post this with this icon, thus providing the obvious side by side comparison), but it's not a bad first attempt.

Both of these should be clickable through to larger versions of the pictures, if you are so inclined.


Saw-whet Owl Pendant by ~Eregyrn on deviantART

Link to detail pics below the cut... )

Saw-whet owl pendant made of Sculpey, painted with acrylic and sealed with Sculpey Glaze.

Dimensions are just over 2.5" x 1.75".

I did this in about 5 hours worth of sculpting (includes failed attempts that were squashed out and restarted), and about 2 hours worth of painting. There are already a bunch of things I will try to do differently on my next attempt (one of the wings is too thin for my liking; I want to do the eyes differently to make them easier to paint). But all in all I'm pretty satisfied with this little girl.
eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - Autumn)
Of course, it is often owl-time around here these days, so what I mean specifically is, it's saw-whet owl-banding time!

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More under the cut! )

Tonight is "friends and family night", so I'm going back. We are just hoping like hell any owls show up. There was a 4th owl last night who flapped her way out of the net before we could get to her, so we're hoping she sticks around and gets in the net again tonight.
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
It's not JUST a silly Doctor Who vid. It is in fact a behind-the scenes music video with various permutations of the 10th Doctor's cast (and guest stars), as well as production crew, all lip-synching to The Proclaimers "500 Miles" (it is revealed later in the video that Tennant is an enormous Proclaimers fan -- if you can't tell from listening to the song, they are Scottish -- and then it makes ever so much more sense).

Really, if you don't watch this and get an enormous smile on your face, I don't know what to do with you.

eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - hairy eyeball)
I mean, can we talk about this?


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eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - hairy eyeball)
Yesterday on my drive home, it was sleeting. Which, fair enough. But this morning as I commuted, I could see some cars -- not many, but really, too many -- with about an inch of SNOW on the roofs and hoods. In Belmont, MA. Which is outside of Cambridge. WHICH IS NOT THE FROZEN NORTH.

Also, on the radio as I woke up this morning, they advised me that there is a Winter Storm Watch (or Warning, I can never tell those apart) for my area this weekend, although it may just involve rain in the actual city area.

NO, OCTOBER. JUST, NO.


p.s. keep an eye on your local PBS schedule for Nature during the week of Nov. 16th, which I hear is when they may be showing "My Life as a Turkey", which looks to be just adorable.
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)


No, but seriously, my boss sent me this.
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.



That is... really elaborate.

I wish I liked the song better. I like the tune, and the instrumentals, but I'm not in love with the lyrics. Don't hate them, just... meh.

However, it's a spectacular vid.

Meanwhile -- visit the post I put up earlier today for a completely addictive time-wasting musical flash thingie.

Addictive

Oct. 13th, 2011 04:25 pm
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
CLICK THE SQUARES TO CREATE MUSIC



(You can hold down your mouse button and run it across the grid to activate many squares at once. Hint: hit your spacebar to deactivate all of them at the same time.)

Seriously, this thing is utterly addictive.

If you desire the embed code to post this somewhere else, just leave me a comment or a note or email me, and I'll send it. (I saw this posted all over Tumblr, but figuring out how to get the actual code to put it into LJ took some doing.)

When I get home, I'll post some proper credit for it.
eregyrn: (Athos)
... was going to be the most cracktastic 'period' piece coming out in the near future.

Apparently, the John Cusack vehicle Poe movie wants to give it a run for its money:




To be fair -- what this movie actually wants to be is RDJ's Holmes movies.

... are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Obvious crossover potential is obvious!
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)



If clicking on the plus in the upper right doesn't take you to the rest of them, then try this direct link:

http://www.triangulationblog.com/p/interactive.html
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
Really like this Iron Man vid:

The Sunset

Sep. 9th, 2011 02:53 pm
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
As mentioned: visiting my Mom a couple of weeks ago on the Jersey Shore, and the house my brother rented for his family came with a rooftop deck that was perched up higher than any of the other decks for a ways around. That made for a fun view during the sunset, so I went to get some pics.

Yeah yeah, I know, there is nothing more pedestrian than Pictures of the Sunset. I wanted to take some, though, because LBI is not the most aggressively scenic place ever, but it's home, and it can be pretty (even if it's a thoroughly over-built island). It's MY childhood summer sunsets and beach at twilight, in other words.

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More under the cut... )

Next: seagulls and sandpipers (or, what passes for Wildlife).
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
So, a couple of weeks ago, I went again to visit my Mom down on the Jersey Shore; because this summer she had her 80th birthday, and to celebrate it, my brother rented a house a block from her so that his entire family (grown children and spouses) could converge, since Mom's place doesn't have the room (and has a cat, to whom my nephew's wife is deathly allergic). I went down for part of the week to visit with the entire family, and as is my wont, took some pictures.

One of the things I decided to do was go up and visit the Barneget Lighthouse, which is one of the... well, probably the ONLY attraction of any significance on LBI (as we do not have a boardwalk or casinos or other familiar hallmarks of other shore resorts). My relationship with the lighthouse stretches back many many years, to when I was very small. To climb it by yourself for the first time was a milestone. To bike to it for the first time (10+ miles there and back from where our house is) was another. To bike to it alone, yet another. And like other landmarks in places with which one is very familiar, after a while, you take for granted that it's there, and you don't go. So every few years, I like to go back.

This time, I also decided to climb it, which is something I haven't done in so long that I can't remember when I last did. Mom had gone with me for the ride and the short walk, but didn't mind my leaving her to sit at the bottom for a short bit. (Well; she thought it was insane that I wanted to go up, and wouldn't I rather just walk out along the jetty? But no.) Built in 1857, it is the 4th tallest lighthouse on the east coast, and the tallest of the NJ lighthouses. It has 217 steps to the top. (After my experience last summer with Yosemite's Vernal Falls trail's 600+ steps, I was hardly deterred.)

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More under the cut, not for those inclined to vertigo... )

Next: pretty sunsets; gulls and sandpipers.
eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - hairy eyeball)
Did you know that eels go through a larval stage? I didn't until I came across this video last night.

Apparently this is a ribbon eel, in the moray family, and its larval stage consists of it being an approx. 3" wide, 2-foot long TRANSPARENT body with a little head stuck on the end. And then it will go away, and become a real eel. How freaky is that?




LOOK AT ITS LITTLE FACE!

Also according to the write-up, you seldom get footage of eels in this stage, because since they are transparent, it's hard for divers to find them.

It's just mesmerizing to watch.
eregyrn: (Hawk)
Remember the hawks at Harvard? We had all kinds of Drama earlier in the spring, and then the upshot of that was pretty unclear. But my guess has been that the resident pair didn't raise any young this year, because of the disruptions to the mating season.

I will sometimes see one or the other of the adults perched on a weathervane. But a couple of weeks ago I found BOTH of them perched on a steeple around the corner from my office, so I went out to get some pics.

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A few close-ups below... )

Meanwhile, in Nature News, we have also acquired bunnies.

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More details below... )
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)
First: if you haven't yet watched the video I posted last night, go do so! It is short and very cool. (It's a 100-second retrospective of fashion in the last 100 years in London, illustrated via a nifty dance routine and some extremely good editing.)

Next: as you can tell from the subject line, still playing catch-up. On July 4th, the Constitution is brought out of its berth and pushed out as far as Castle Island and Fort Independence, before being turned around and pushed back into its berth. This is apparently to rotate it so that it weathers evenly, and it's done 4 times a year. On July 4th, they make a big deal out of it.

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More under the cut... )

Finally -- It only occurred to me most of the way through the cannonade that my camera has a video function... and then, since it's a new camera, it took me until nearly the END of the cannonade to figure out how to start it recording. So I missed most of it, but here's what I got, including the horn-honking salute from the flotilla of sight-seeing boats afterwards, and at the very end, the sound of the little cannon on the dock being set off.



So there you have it! We may try to go down again next year and make a picnic out of it, as there were some nice places to do that, and it wasn't nearly as mobbed with people as we thought it might be.
eregyrn: (-GHowl - windblown)


The only thing that could make this better is if there was a little advancing timeline crawl along the bottom or something.
eregyrn: (- Saw-whet - Spring2)
Yes, yes, still behind. Have some owl pictures from June!

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More owls behind the cut... )

Next time: the USS Constitution (I promise!), and a trip to the Jersey shore. (Not THAT Jersey Shore. I swear.)

yeeeeeegh

Jul. 8th, 2011 07:42 pm
eregyrn: (-Saw-whet - hairy eyeball)
It's an inauspicious start to the evening to have to KILL A SPIDER in your CLEAVAGE.

brb, icked out FOREVER.
eregyrn: (- Saw-whet - Spring2)
So now we reach the weekend of May 28th, which marks the last weekend spent stalking the great horned owlets. We arrived at Mt. Auburn and, to our great shock, found that the site of the nesting tree was empty. Really empty -- it lacked the police tape that had been strung around to keep people away from the tree, and it lacked the crowd of people with binoculars and cameras that had been gathered there each of the other times we'd gone. And the tree itself of course was empty of owls or owlets.

It's not fun to realize that they are probably still in the area, but good luck figuring out WHICH tree they're in. My recollection is fuzzy at this point, but I think what we did was walk back up to the information desk at the cemetery entrance, to see if anyone had earlier spotted them and noted it; and I think they DID tell us that the owls were still in the Dell area, so after a detour to try to find a screech owl that had been reported (we didn't find it), we made our way back to the Dell, and eventually spotted the owls by, essentially, looking for other groups of people scanning the tree-tops and hoping one of them could point the way. Which I think is what happened.

We discovered one of the owlets in one of the trees that the adult was pictured in the week before:

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More behind the cut... )

And that's it! I haven't managed to get back there since, to check up on them. As I said above, though, if the development of great horned owls is anything like the development of redtailed hawks, then I don't think the owlets will have flown off yet. They ought to still be in the stage of learning to hunt, and being fed by the parents. But as they get older and get more of their adult plumage, they are likely to fly farther and farther afield... and there are a LOT of trees in Mt. Auburn.

The summers when I've been able to stalk the redtails around Harvard have always been vastly helped by two things: the fact that there are a lot of buildings to perch on, which the hawks do, and you can at least SEE them on buildings; and the fact that at least some of the hawk babies have that extremely loud begging cry, which you can triangulate on to find them. While we did get to hear one of the owlets give some kind of call, which might have been a begging cry... it wasn't nearly as loud, and I'm just not sure if they do it as much overall.

Still, I should drop back in over there within the next couple of weeks, and see if any other birders have spotted them and noted the location. Maybe I can find them a few more times before they really do leave.

And here's hoping the parents use the same nest side next year. :)

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