When I realized that I was not going to get much done yesterday, I decided to make my first foray into the 1,000 acres, the property above Jentel owned by the benefactor, Neltje. After getting “snake punked” last week, where as it turns out previous residents had left two weathered fake snakes (a rattler and a garden snake) poised on some rocks on a path on the property, sunning themselves. Of course it took a 1/2 hour of gawking before we realized, hey…that one’s mouth has been open for a while, and the other seems to have a seam on its belly…now, I can see a garden snake and I just walk over it…no big deal…i’m acclimating.
View from a peak in 1,000 acres:
Me brandishing my orange safety vest, large sunglasses, braids and bandanna combo:
View of the Jentel compound from the peak:
An elk (or deer?) that I came eye to eye with.
A dead deer, amazing how the skeleton reminds me of a fish.
The Little Piney Creek, where I will cool my toes this afternoon.
My art project. I picked up the Sun Print kit in the giftshop of the Museum of Jurassic Technology with my dearheart Mia the Business Casual Backpapcker. Well, I collected all of the leaf and flora items you see below, and I thought I followed the directions, but all I got was blobs. I am wondering if it may be the highly softened water here that screwed up the process.
Back to the drawing board as the artists say. Also, there was an AMAZING presentation last night by the artist MF Dondelinger who taught us writer types how to make egg tempura based on a centuries old recipe. It was very fun and informative and her work is breathtaking.