Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

Here is just some of what I have along the lines of a garden so far. This was all planted and tended to by the previous occupant, and I’m still not sure what all of it is (the second photo of the tree with the weird green ‘fruit’ on it is a mystery, though I suspect it’s some kind of nut tree - maybe walnut?). 

Off the top of my head I know that I have:

Several variety of tomato plant,

Merlot grapes,

Hops (the stuff used in beer-making), 

Pumpkins,

Blueberries,

Raspberries,

Marion berries,

Blackberries,

Current,

Several variety of plum,

Several variety of apple,

And strawberries. 

I am going to planting zucchini, corn, butternut squash, asparagus, more blueberries, and carrots, as well as onion, chives, rosemary, lavender, and a few other herbs. 

In a strange turn of events, Lief is now coming to live with me, and he and I will be tending the garden together with a bit of help from Andrew and, undoubtedly, some input from the neighbors, who already know the soil and the seasons far better than we do. The garden areas will likely be fenced off later down the line when I get goats, unless Cabal develops an affinity for wine grapes or something before then. 

  1. daughterofrock said: It’s a beechnut!
  2. ellie-bellie-otter-face said: Yep, those are definitely walnuts! The hulls are great for dyeing, they make a beautiful earthy brown color.
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  5. believemeallisbrilliant said: Looks like Black Walnuts to me. Very nice agricultural variety there. Congrats :)
  6. failedcasanova said: Not walnuts i can tell you that much. They’re way to round to be walnuts
  7. chase-thewind said: THAT IS SO WONDERFUL
  8. mrsasimov said: yep, those are walnuts. watch out, the juice from that fruit covering will stain like nobody’s business.
  9. dendropsyche said: i know you’re planning on making beer and wine with those grapes, but have you considered any other fermented drinks with those other fruits? Perhaps blackberry wine?
  10. marandart said: Watch Cabal closely— heard of a lady who’s GSD pup was eating green tomatoes off the vine in her yard and getting really sick off them. Dogs are silly!