You’re stuck with me again

Hello everyone! Wow, I disappeared for three months! I hope that’s ok… Anyway, I have a very good reason for why I’ve left, so bear with me here. Anyway, it all started the week I left. I was photographing a rather large and beautiful blue flower.

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He’s very mean, so I was doing it in secret. Suddenly, though, the lens cap slipped out of my hand, and got covered I dirt from the ground. When I reached down to grab it, I lost my balance, and tripped down the cliff behind me!

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When I landed, I wasn’t really hurt. But I was stuck down there, and since I had been photographing in secret, no one knew I was there! So there I was, at the bottom of a cliff, and darkness was coming it was all I could do to build a fire and roast hot dogs.

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When I woke up in the morning, I knew I had to do something. So I reached down, took a rock, said “Here goes nothing” used it to put out the fire, and walked up the stone escalator behind me. Needless to say, when I got back my parents were surprised. They’d thought I’d left for good this time. They had already turned my room into a study, and my art studio in the living room was gone!

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I was obviously very mad at my parents. They did seem to feel bad about it, but still. I forced them to remake everything I had done, including my paintings, and have it done within the week. However once they realized how expensive that would be, they realized they couldn’t do it. So they decided to put me in a nursing home.

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Unfortunately for them, I wouldn’t allow that. Once I was officially enrolled, I hatched a plan for my escape. As it turns out, the patients are allowed into the kitchen. So, using that old guy’s medication from the next room, I made a cake for the guards that would put them to sleep (this was a high security nursing home).

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As I’m sure you can imagine, once I was out, there was no stopping me. The first thing I did was break into a butterfly greenhouse and steal all the butterflies, then sell them to myself for 50,000 dollars (can I help it if I like butterflies?)

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After a few weeks of that, though, I realized something was missing. Sleeping on a sidewalk just wasn’t comfortable. So then I thought of people that care about me. Family had given up searching for me after a few hours, so they clearly didn’t. But then I thought, you guys have said that you care about me, or at least my posts! So if any of you wouldn’t mind if I stay at your house until I turn 18, I’d really appreciate it!

Thanks,

Simon

P.S. It’s good to be back.

P.P.S. Sorry to which one of you I stole this computer from.

P.P.P.S I took ALL of those pictures!

The Last Caterpillar

I have some sad news. Over last weekend, my last polyphemus caterpillar died. I thought my projects were over, but on Thursday, I was taking a walk, And I discovered something.

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He’s now in my custody, and doing fine. He eats maple, and is in his 5th instar. I know that Woolly Bears are really basic caterpillars to raise, but beggars can’t be choosers. Plus he’s adorable.

I’ll tell you how he’s doing as much as possible. =)

Yawn; a post about nothing

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Hello Everyone! I am so thankful for labor day’s three day weekend!

School has been exhausting, so I wish I could get more sleep. But my cat has kind of stolen my pillow…

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It’s raining today, and it’s a perfect lazy day, as my family calls it. Considering the circumstances, I don’t really have much planned for today. I guess a post about nothing is perfect for a day like this!

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Remember my tiny polyphemus caterpillars? ASDF well they grew up… and died. I have two left now, which is really disapointing. I wanted to be able to raise atleast 5. Plus, if they die that easily, than it’s going to be tough to keep them alive until they’re moths. After all, they are still tiny, they’re at most 10 millimeters. I’ll keep you posted on how they do.

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The jellyfish above is one of my favorite paintings, for two reasons: one is that it took me about 8 minutes to make. The second reason, is that the picture I painted it based on is not something I took (obviously), or something I looked for. It was the desktop background our old computer (just a neat story I like to share).

The old computer:

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The desktop background:gjhytfujyhgf

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OK, if you understand me, you know I’m overly ambisious.

What you see above is a greenhouse I intend to build… unrealistic – YES!! VERY!!! I’m overly ambisious, but I do have the ability to build things… I’ll keep you posted on the project. Just so you know, I am aware that it will never work out the way I planned it above.

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P-O-L-Y-P-H-E-M-U-S-!-!-!

Ya, I know. Ich bin nicht really here. I’m probably out somewhere swimming, or kyaking (MISPELLED!!!), mit miene cousin. This ist eine sheduled post. I just couldn’t wait to tell you about my big news. I recently found some Polephemus moth eggs!!! My spicebush swallowtail project didn’t work out so well, and neither did the black swallowtail one. However I now have about 20 kliene polephemus caterpillars, about 5 millemeters long, living in a jar in my room. It is coolest moth, an I LIEBT sie. Das ist why I had to spell it out for you, for dramatic emphasis effect.

Here’s my own tiny creepy-crawlies:

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Ich have come in contact with diese moth before. Here’s the picture I got:

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Beautiful, isn’t it.

When Ich get back from the trip I’ll tell du how the caterpillars are doing.

Atlas Moth

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My atlas moth Oil pastel creation!

Das ist miene first expirence using oil pastels, and I am suprised how long it took. If you’ve visited my blog, you’ve seen that picture. Ich have used es in many places, partly because the atlas moth is one of my favorite lepidoptera (over a foot long, and still a fast flier) aber also because I personally find it one of my favorite pictures ever. Naturally I was compelled to paint a picture. My family and I went on a short day hiking trip, and we visited a small art store in the area. That is where I bought the pastels. I started the painting the second I got he inspiration for it, so basically the moment we got home. I spent three days working on es, incuding eine visit to a friend of mine. And after all that work, finally I am finished, and I am sehr proud of it! I present it to you all to enjoy =)

Well, I have to leave now, but tomorrow I have another baking post planned…

A collection of random posts at once

Hallo! In my haste to schedule my posts, I made several plans for today. Rather than scatter them out along eine long period of time, I’ve decided to put them all together. The first thing I planned to do was post a picture that another blogger, Sage Doyle http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com/. It began when he commented on diese post of meine Pipevine Swallowtail painting, saying how he had been interested in painting at one point in time, aber was now better at drawing. I asked him if he would be willing to post a drawing das Ich could re-blog. He said it was a great Idea, and asked me if I wanted him to draw anything in particular, and I said whatever best described his blog. I know that Er liebt to go camping, so what he chose to draw really does describe his blog.  So here es ist,  Sage Doyle on a camping trip.

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Can I come next time?

My second post today was supposed to focus on some butterfly photographs. I wanted to do another photography post, that also focused (no pun intended) on lepidoptery. Little did I know, I’d find a lepidoptery post even without it. Aber wir will get to das later. Anyway, There is a great butterfly museum near us, und every time Ich visit, I use up a couple hundred gigabytes on butterfly pictures. I go about once every two months, so in order to keep it organized I have to put my favorites in certain set aside files. I had planned to share some pictures from those files today, und das ist was Ich will do.

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Should I have put more? (sarcastically)

My final post is probably the most important to me. In my about it tells how I raised Cecropia Moths last year, and how I am doing the same project this year with spicebush swallowtail caterpillars. Well it’s not completely true. I did have the plan to do the same project, but it didn’t work out nearly as well. All the butterflies hatched individually, so I never had a chance to get a male und female together. I thought the project was over, until my grandfather found this:

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Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

He found two Black Swallowtail caterpillars eating his parsley plant. You know, its funny, Out of all their plentiful food sources in my Großvaters garden, like fennel or anise, they chose the one food source that is only in one place in his garden. Anyway they are on the last stage, or instar, before they reach pupation. They have nicht started getting ready. How do I know, well that’s actually king of disgusting. as they start focusing their energy towards creating eine chrysalis, their digestive track starts ejecting food before its completely digested. Once that starts happening, I’ll put them in a large container, which I’ll set outside where there is mostly shade, until they hatch in mid spring. I would supply a picture of the butterfly, but why not share a picture of my butterflies when they hatch next spring. Plus, its really easy to type in Black Swallowtail butterfly in the image search.

OK, so I have sufficiently posted three posts at once, I think that’s all I have to do today =) Auf Wiedersehn!

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar painting, the succesful post

Ok, so the first time I attempted to post this, It didn’t work. But now I’ve made sure that wont happen again. Long story short, this is a painting (as the title suggests) of the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar. Basically the most interesting caterpillar in the world.

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Very pixilated image of my painting, courtesy of me
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Well, I had more to say about the painting in my original version, aber ich wissen das ich could say it a bit simpler. Personally, looking back, I think I included too many criticisms. Not that its perfect, but considering das es was one of meine first canvas paintings, I think it’s pretty good. Now the caterpillar itself has been one of my interests since I found it in a handbook, when I was randomly selecting one to study. The painting is, as I said earlier, was one of my first paintings on a canvas. Early enough in the process of becoming a painter, I didn’t even have regular acrylics. I used craft acrylics. Still, now that Ich habe diese good kind of acrylics, none of the colors would have worked as well. However, I may not have had as much trouble with the shading. I’ve noticed that with the thicker texture, it’s easier to blend, aber nicht make it one shade alone. But, I didn’t have them and I had to remove some of its horns, from the painting. Well, I had to cut some of them partly because everyone thought they were legs. Maybe now that I’ve improved, I’ll add them in again.
OK, I’ve actually added more than I originally had, and I have to go somewhere with my family, so I’ll wrap it up. Ich bin just glad that I have the opportunity share this with all of you, as well as the many other painting posts I’ll be making over time.